project . 2019 - 2021 . Closed

TCTOOL

Innovative Tooling, End-Effector Development and Industrialisation for Welding of Thermoplastic Components
Open Access mandate for Publications European Commission
  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 865131 Call for proposal: H2020-CS2-CFP09-2018-02
  • Funded under: H2020 | CS2-IA Overall Budget: 1,101,840 EURFunder Contribution: 1,049,360 EUR
  • Status: Closed
  • Start Date
    01 Oct 2019
    End Date
    31 Oct 2021
  • Detailed project information (CORDIS)
  • Open Access mandate
    Research Data: No
Description
The next generation of large passenger aircraft will make extensive use of thermoplastic composites which could replace thermoset composites and metals in many areas of aircraft construction. Thermoplastic composites can be lighter in weight even than thermoset composites, but the key advantage is that they can be joined together using welding processes. This has the potential to eliminate many of the hundreds of thousands of fasteners in an aircraft, improving reliability and reducing assembly costs by over 60%. To take full advantage of thermoplastic composites weldability will require the development of innovative new approaches to tooling and automation to e...
Description
The next generation of large passenger aircraft will make extensive use of thermoplastic composites which could replace thermoset composites and metals in many areas of aircraft construction. Thermoplastic composites can be lighter in weight even than thermoset composites, but the key advantage is that they can be joined together using welding processes. This has the potential to eliminate many of the hundreds of thousands of fasteners in an aircraft, improving reliability and reducing assembly costs by over 60%. To take full advantage of thermoplastic composites weldability will require the development of innovative new approaches to tooling and automation to e...
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