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AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Country: Germany

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

95 Projects, page 1 of 19
  • Funder: EC Project Code: 690819
    Overall Budget: 1,797,270 EURFunder Contribution: 1,797,270 EUR

    The accretion of ice represents a severe problem for aircraft, as the presence of even a scarcely visible layer can severely limit the function of wings, propellers, windshields, antennas, vents, intakes and cowlings. The PHOBIC2ICE Project aims at developing technologies and predictive simulation tools for avoiding or mitigating this phenomenon. The PHOBIC2ICE project, by applying an innovative approach to simulation and modelling, will enable the design and fabrication of icephobic surfaces with improved functionalities. Several types of polymeric, metallic and hybrid coatings using different deposition methods will be developed. Laser treated and anodized surfaces will be prepared. Consequently, the Project focuses on collecting fundamental knowledge of phenomena associated with icephobicity issues. This knowledge will give better understanding of the ice accretion process on different coatings and modified surfaces. Certified research infrastructure (ice wind tunnel) and flight tests planned will aid in developing comprehensive solutions to address ice formation issue and will raise the Project’s innovation level. The proposed solution will be environment-friendly, will contribute to the reduction of energy consumption, and will help eliminate the need for frequent on-ground de-icing procedures. This in turn will contribute to the reduction of cost, pollution and flight delay.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 764650
    Overall Budget: 1,253,230 EURFunder Contribution: 1,253,230 EUR

    Modern aeronautical structures are increasingly made of composite materials due to their well-known benefits. Optimizing the design of aerospace composites vis-à-vis the entire range of operational constraints (i.e. reliability, stability, strength, weight, noise, manufacturability and cost) to which the aircraft structures are subject, results in a particularly challenging task for the structural designer. Despite the volume of recent work dedicated to new Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) models and techniques, the ‘No free lunch theorem in optimisation’ is constantly confirmed. A genuine need is therefore identified for a programme that will: i)Develop, deliver and implement novel and efficient structural MDO technological tools for the European aerospace industry, ii)Nurture and train the next European generation of MDO research professionals. OptiMACS has an intersectoral character, drawing know-how from both academic and industrial research and innovation teams. It also has an intensely multi-disciplinary character, coupling expertise from mechanical, aerospace, manufacturing and software engineering, as well as from the area of applied mathematics. On the research side, OptiMACS will focus on improving the accuracy and efficiency of the MDO platform currently employed by AIRBUS. This will be achieved by enhancing the design models and criteria related to composites failure and manufacturing, developing and implementing multiscale models for composites as well as investigating advanced MDO algorithms and architectures for enhancing efficiency. On the training side, OptiMACS will provide a fully supportive environment for 5 ESRs. A training programme aiming at developing both the research as well as the transferable skills of the Fellows has been designed. All Fellows will have the opportunity to work in a multi-disciplinary environment, spending at least 50% of their time at the premises of the industrial beneficiaries.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 645676
    Overall Budget: 648,000 EURFunder Contribution: 648,000 EUR

    The main objective of the proposal is development of active multi-functional surfaces with high level of self-healing ability on the basis of Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) structures formed on different industrially relevant metallic substrates. The main idea of the project is based on “smart” triggered release on demand for functional organic or inorganic anionic compounds intercalated into intergallery spaces of LDHs. The active functionality is achieved via controllable substrate-governed growth of LDH architectures on Al, Mg and Zn based alloys. The functional anions such as corrosion inhibitors, biocides, drugs, or hydrophobic agents are introduced into the intergallery spaces during the growth of LDH or upon a post-treatment stage. The release of the functional agents occurs only on demand when the respective functionality is triggered by the relevant external stimuli such as presence of anions or local pH change. The proposal focuses on two main applications, namely aeronautical and automotive. The active LDH treatments can bring significant benefits when applied in these situations. The respective relevant substrates are chosen as the main objects of interest: Mg alloys for both applications; Al alloys for both transportation industries as well; galvanized steel as a main material for automobiles. Moreover the suggested surface treatments, especially the one with active self-healing ability, are also considered for light-weight multi-material structures which are prone to fast galvanically-induced corrosion. The increase of the fault tolerance and reliability of hybrid designs is aimed in this case. The suggested surface treatments can offer possibility for fast implementation of the process at industrial level. The main expected impacts are related to the improvement of the life cycle of the light-weight structures utilized in transport industries via optimization of the maintenance schedules and increasing the fault tolerance.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 783198
    Overall Budget: 937,130 EURFunder Contribution: 937,130 EUR

    The key objective of the project EMPHASIS (EMPowering Heterogenuous Aviation through cellular SIgnalS) is to increase safety, reliability and interoperability of General Aviation/Rotorcrafts (GA/R) operations both with commercial aviation and with emerging drones operations. These aspects are foreseen as critical elements to secure and improve airspace access for GA/R users in future airspace environment and improve operational safety of their operations. This objective is planned to be achieved through affordable CNS capabilities tailored for GA/R users where the envisioned path to reduce avionics costs is driven by: 1. Deep analysis of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance system requirements (including reliability and integrity) based on the specificities of GA/R operations. The analysis should allow to identify requirements critical for operational safety and potentially lower requirements with limited applicability to GA/R operations. 2. Optimal combining of ground and airborne technologies enabled through advanced communication means. 3. Innovative approach to certification allowing to achieve overall safety objectives with reduced impact on the cost. The most promising technologies (combining both on-board and ground elements) will be developed up to the proof-of-concept maturity level.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 263148
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