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ThermoformAble, repaIrable and bondable smaRt ePOXY based composites for aero structures

AIRPOXY

ThermoformAble, repaIrable and bondable smaRt ePOXY based composites for aero structures

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Background & policy context: 

With strong growly rates of 13% in the aero sector, and demands predicted to be doubled by 2032, carbon composites (CC) are under the spotlight. CC production requires a quick ramp-up that needs to be based on robust materials & processes and a solid manufacturing supply chain, where higher production rates and cost reduction are essential.

Objectives: 

The aim of AIRPOXY is to reduce production & MRO costs of CC parts in aeronautics by introducing a new family of enhanced composites that preserve all the advantages of conventional thermosets, while showing new unprecedented features such as Re-processability, Reparability and Recyclability. This will be possible through further development & validation of a family of ground-breaking thermoset resins (recently invented/patented by CID) including dynamic bonds which enable such smart behaviour. Conversion of the technology from TRL3 to 5 will be achieved in AIRPOXY, through 2 representative demonstrators of aircraft panels. Thermoforming processes previously unthinkable for thermosets will reduce manufacturing cost of CC parts by35% vs autoclave, reducing processing times from hours to minutes. Faster/cheaper repair technologies, in combination with SHM, will reduce significantly MRO costs. Additionally, a novel welding process will reduce CC bonding costs by up to 50%. Such new features will foster competitiveness & sustainability in the European aeronautics sector.

Methodology: 

AIRPOXY relies on a multidisciplinary consortium of 11 partners from 6 countries; CID as resin inventor, key technology providers IVW (thermoforming & welding), EUT(RTM), COEX(SQRTM), UOI(SHM); AEF (process simulation software), aircraft components manufacturers (EIRE, IDEC, SON), standardization experts (UNE) & an aero consultancy (ART). They will be supported by a strong advisory board (AIRBUS, Leonardo, Huntsman, SGL and EREA). Maximum impact of AIRPOXY will be ensured through well-balanced dissemination, communication and exploitation activities.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
MG-1.3-2017 Maintaining industrial leadership in aeronautics
Lead Organisation: 

Fundacion Cidetec

Address: 
PASEO MIRAMON 196 PARQUE TECNOLOGICO DE MIRAMON
20014 SAN SEBASTIAN
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€944,250
Partner Organisations: 

Institut Fuer Verbundwerkstoffe Gmbh

Address: 
Erwin-Schroedinger-Strasse Geb 58
67663 Kaiserslautern
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€856,150

Coexpair Sa

Address: 
Rue Des Entrepreneurs 10
5020 Namur
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€369,444

Asociacion Espanola De Normalizacion

Address: 
Calle Genova 6
28004 Madrid
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€75,000

Eirecomposites Teoranta

Address: 
UDARAS INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
CO. GALWAY
INVERIN
Ireland
EU Contribution: 
€746,250

Societe Nationale De Construction Aerospatiale Sonaca Sa

Address: 
Route Nationale Cinq
6041 Gosselies
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€858,571

Ingenieria Y Desarrollos En Composite S.l.

Address: 
C/ ALBERT EINSTEIN 29
01510 MIÑANO MENOR,
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€755,660

Arttic

Address: 
58A rue du Dessous des Berges
75013 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€325,163

Panepistimio Ioanninon

Address: 
Leoforos Stavros S Niarchos, Panepistimioupoli Ioanninon
45110 Ioannina
Greece
EU Contribution: 
€621,125

Fundacio Eurecat

Address: 
Carrer Roc Boronat 117, 5 Planta
8018 Barcelona
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€556,300

Altair Development France

Address: 
Centre D'affaires, Rue De La Renaissance Bat A 2
92160 Antony
France
EU Contribution: 
€389,600
Technologies: 
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