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Aerospace & Aeronautics

3D C/SiC

3D Pre-Form Reinforced Ceramic Composite Material

Coordinator: Fureho AB (Sweden)
Partner: ECM Engineered Ceramic Materials GmbH (Germany)
Material: Light Metal Alloys
Challange: 7

Partners jointly propose developing an innovative lightweight composite material comprising a 3D pre-form reinforcement of Pitch carbon fibres and silicon carbide ceramic matrix material, henceforth called 3D C/SiC. It will be uniquely advantageous as it will have high delamination resistance and damage tolerance due to through-thickness direction fibres while being heat conducting, vibration damping, and up to ~30% lighter than conventional materials. A variety of optimised, robust, and precise components can be made near-net shape or machined directly from a block or plate of 3D C/SiC
relatively quickly, easily, and cost-effectively for small satellites, drones etc. 3D C/SiC will also 
benefit as
a non-metallic heat conductor for space electronics applications. Shared gains 
for project constellation include the development of a novel material for the identified market case.


Lightweight CMC High-Temperature Fan for Aerospace Applications

Coordinator: Walter E.C. Pritzkow Spezialkerami (Germany)
Partner: NABLAWAVE SRL (Italy)
Material: Ceramic Matrix Composites
Challange: 8
For the innovative Inflatable Atmospheric Decelerator (IAD) developed and patented by Klaus Space Transportation the key component is a high temperature fan. This fan needs to work in oxidizing atmosphere at temperatures of more than 800°C and a rotation speed of up to 12.000 rpm. For aerospace applications it need do be lightweight. Therefore, in this project an Ox/Ox CMC fan will be developed that has one third of the weight of a fan made of metallic alloys, and which can operate at those high temperatures. In the feasibility study a preliminary aerodynamic design and a CMC fan design will be done.


Ultralight landing gear for UL helicopters by composite process innovation

Coordinator:EAST-4D Carbon Technology GmbH (Germany)
Partner:Carbon Design Sp. z o. o.
Material:Polymer-based composites
The developed technology enables the production of hollow composite parts without additional milling, guaranteeing no slashed or damaged reinforcing fibres in the final product. The co-moulding of FW and FC technologies, together with preliminary FEM analysis, will enable the production of a complete reproducible, automatic and defect-free high-energy absorption composite landing gear for small helicopters in the targeted annular volumes.


Wet lay-up/vaccum bag process optimization for lightweight aircraft structures

Coordinator: RESCOLL (France)
Partner: TITANIA, ensayos y proyectos industriales S.L. (Spain)
Material: Light Metal Alloys
Challange: 1
In STARGATE, RESCOLL and TITANIA propose to improve the wet lay-up/vacuum bag manufacturing process by working on 3 essential process parameters that are resin content, porosity and repeatability. For this purpose, The partners will use an automated dosing and deposition system owned by Rescoll that would allow fine control of resin mixing and deposition reproducibility. 15 resin/fibers systems (sandwich and monolithic) will be produced, and mechanical tests according to aeronautical standards will be performed at TITANIA. Optimal process parameters will be defined based on the mechanical tests results.

SI A&A _ PBC _ CompoGEAR

Smart Impact A&A_PBC_CompoGEA

Coordinator: SpacEngineer, Lda. Portugal (Portugal)
Partner: ST COMPOSITES (France)
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 5

The consortium SpacEngineer and ST composites, are bringing to the market a new generation of helicopter skids. This new generation of skids, combine smart materials and innovative assembling techniques, that allow the helicopter manufacture to have a lighter skid, with higher capability to shock absorption, for all environments.


Quality UD Tape Control

Coordinator:Canonical Robots S.L. (Spain)
Partner:NANOSENS İleri Teknolojiler Enerji Makine Proje Ta (Turkey)
Material:Polymer-based composites

The goal is to create a prototype for UD tape quality that is able to detect deviations in tape thickness and gaps. Our system is an optical layout that uses the shadow generated by the fibers to analyze its distribution over the width of the tape. The spread fibers are guided between a lighting system and a camera system so that the shading from the fibers generates a gray scale. The with is separated into several sectors and a gray value analysis is made. We obtain a gray distribution that shows the shading of the fiber over the width of the tape.


Innovative and Safe Multi Aircrafts Light Landing gear

Coordinator:CES Works (France)
Partner:ProdVirtus, Lda. (Portugal)
Material:Polymer-based composites

SMALL aims at designing and prototyping a landing gear in composite materials for ultralight (UL) helicopter and more generally to other helicopters or VTOL aircraft. The choice of these materials and the proposed design are guided by two objectives:

  • Mass reduction of the structural part.
  • Damping of vibrations and chocs. Composite material allows design flexibility for damping and intrinsic damping capacity that metallic materials do not have.


ULR High-energy absorption composites landing gear

Coordinator:Composites ATE S.L
Partner:Texfire Textils Tecnics S.L. (Spain)
Material:Polymer-based composites
LIRHAC project (ULR High-energy absorption composites landing gear) will develop a new concept for ultralight helicopter landing gear focused on performance, industrial approach and sustainability. Our goal is therefore providing a solution with the expected performance, ready to be implemented in serial production after project completion, and moreover, with a material selection considering end-of-life recyclability.


Sustainable Composite Landing Gear

Coordinator: Fuko srl (Italy)
Partner: Turtle Srl (Italy)
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 5
BioGear project tackles the challenge to design an energy-absorbing structural component, in particular a helicopter landing gear, replacing metals with natural-fiber composites and recycled carbon-fiber composites, following the principles of the circular economy. The design of the landing gear will follow a concurrent design approach, which will take into account not only functional and aesthetic requirements but also sustainability and end-of-life management. The target goal of BioGear is not the mere development of a lightweight composite landing gear but the conception of a component that not only serves its purpose but also allows reducing the carbon footprint of the final vehicle.


Computer Aided Development and Make of Composite UL Helicopter Landing Skid

Coordinator:eCon Engineering Mernoki,
Szolgaltato Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag (Hungary)
Partner:HUNGARO-COPTER KFT. (Hungary)
Orca Aerospace Kft. (Hungary)
Material:Polymer-based composites
Team CATAPULT will attempt to perform a numerical simulation supported development activity of lightweight helicopter landing skid. The developed design must be compliant with all relevant airworthiness regulations (CS-VLR, CS-27, CS-29) whilst keeping all practical aspects in consideration such as feasibility from manufacturing aspect, affordable cost, damage tolerant structure etc. The main target is to exploit the state-of-the-art continuous fiber reinforced plastics as base material of the load bearing structure, that is expected to partly or fully replace the use of conventional aluminum. It can lead to further significant weight saving. In addition, the lamination based manufacturing technique allows generating more aerodynamically preferable airfoil-like cross sections leading to drag reduction of the structure.


Innovative lightweight helicopter landing gear for a greener and cleaner aviation

Coordinator: Advanced materials testing and consulting SL
Partner: Compoxi SL (Spain)
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 5
INNOGEAR project aims at designing a new ultra-light helicopter landing gear using composite materials. To do so, a new design ideology will be used that aims at exploiting the progressive damage evolution of composite materials to generate a high amount of energy dissipation in hard landings or crash events. First, a feasibility study of the approach will be performed, which will later serve as the base for the final design and the manufacturing and testing of a prototype. The INNOGEAR project seeks structural weight reduction, which is driven by the need to reduce carbon emissions in the effort to decarbonize the aviation industry.


Flax on the Front

Front End Module Becomes Sustainable by Flax

Coordinator: B PREG Kompozit ve Tekstil Müh. Dan. San. Tic. A.Ș (Turkey)
Partner: W8SVR GmbH (Germany)
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 14

The focus of the project “Flax on the Front” is to elaborate a solution for the design of a fully recyclable, bio-based, lightweight and therefore radically sustainable front-end module. The aim of the project is to develop and manufacture a unique bio-based laminate architecture along with natural fiber-reinforced UD tapes and 3D-printed inserts; thus enabling a sustainable design via mass-market compatible compression and/or overmoulding production processes.


Child seat headrest made from recycled thermoplastic straps

Coordinator: Silbaerg (Germany)
Partner: Ł.Karwala Spółka Komandytowa (Poland)
thermoPre GmbH (Germany)
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 13
The aim of this project to develop and produce a type of child seat headrest which will be made from recycled thermoplastic straps. The child seat will be produced by utilizing preforms made of oriented recycled fleece and recycled thermoplastic powder by using the Dry-Fiber Placement technique. These preforms then go through a new thermoforming and injection molding process in combination with particle forming.


Graphene coated Glass Fibers for Fire Resistant Composites for Battery Housing of EVs

Coordinator: Grafren AB (Sweden)
Partner: Sixonia Tech GmbH
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 11
Battery housing for electrical vehicles are made of metal at present – since they have to lock in the flame in case of fire. Polymer composites could be much lighter and environmentally sustainable option, but they must be able to resists the flame in case of fire. Graphene coating of glass fibers makes them much more heat tolerant and allows increase the fire resistance. In this feasibility study we will manufacture the prototype of the battery casing and investigate the effect of graphene coating on the fire retardancy of the composite.


Fire-proof thermoplastic composites for EV battery

Partner: AVANZARE (Spain)
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 10
The GRAPHOX project aims the development of PP compounds reinforced with long fibers and additivated with an innovative combination of flame retardants to obtain composites with high mechanical performance and fire-resistant properties to be used in the production of injection molded prototype parts intended for battery housing. GRAPHOX project proposes a combination of graphene-derived materials, which show exceptional synergies with other additives in the flame retardancy mechanisms.

11 _ AUTO _ PBC _ FRA-TS

Fire resistance additives for continuous fiber thermosets (epoxy-glass)

Coordinator: PolymerOn Kft. (Hungary)
Partner: QDevelopment Kft.
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 11
The main objective of project 11_AUTO_PBC_FRA-TS, carried out by PolymerOn Ltd and QDevelopment Ltd, is to develop fire-resistant battery housings made of continuous fibre-reinforced thermosetting composites. The proposal involves synergistic combinations of commercially available flame retardants designed to provide a cost-effective solution for self-extinguishing composites that achieve a V-0 UL-94 rate. The guiding principle is to combine gas- and solid-phase flame retardants and find combinations that provide the required level of flame retardancy with the lowest required loading while having minimal impact on mechanical and viscosity properties and glass transition temperature.


Composite PP Front End Module

Coordinator: Iltar-Italbox industrie riunite SpA (Italy)
Partner: Tecnostamp Srl (Italy)
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 14
As EPP and thermoplastics Automotive components producers, the team has the ambition to deeply impact the sustainability of the sector by applying these materials to a vehicle component, with the aim to significantly reduce the weight, while increasing recycling and reuse in new foam parts. The core benefits of the proposed solution are weight reduction, thus lower energy consumption and lower CO2 production, longer distance to be driven by same energy, as well as by recycling opportunity and cost saving production.


Eco-Housing for E-mobility

Coordinator: Lavoisier Composites (France)
Partner: Vibratec SA (France)
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 16

The project Eco-Housing for E-mobility is aiming at reducing the weight of e-car gearbox by 30% while improvement of 30 – 50 % of the NVH (Noise Vibration & Harshness) emission thanks to the use of fiber reinforced polymer composites.
Lavoisier Composites and Vibratec have decided to partner in the Eco-Housing for E-mobility project to find the best compromise between mechanical properties and cost competitiveness.



Lightweight Autohealing Mortar for External Thermal Insulation Building Systems

Coordinator: TESELA, Materiales, Innovación y Patrimonio S.L. (Spain)
GATIM S.R.L (Italy)
Material: Ceramic Matrix Composites
Challange: 25

Using industry residues as insulation materials (such as wood or tyres) is emerging as a promising approach in combination with conventional materials, creating new kinds of composite materials to use in building envelope applications. These kinds of composite can improve the energy efficiency of the building and they are an alternative to fulfilling the sustainable strategy in Europe. This project consists of upscaling our previous technology developed in Mortars for External Thermal Insulation Building Systems. For this challenge, End LifeTyres (ELT) residues will be used to ensure lightweight characteristics in combination with auto-healing materials which will provide the hermiticity of the building envelope and common material used in mortars. The project will be carried out by a consortium formed by GATIM S.R.L (Italy), CHEMICAL BUILDING PROJECT S.L. (Spain) and TESELA, Materials Innovation and Heritage S.L. (Spain).


3D printing materials based on magnesium oxide binder

Coordinator: Georg Breitenberger individual company (Austria)
Partner: TEC Eurolab srl (Italy)
Material: Ceramic Matrix Composites
Challange: 26

Many raw mineral materials have become rare. The overexploitation of resources is damaging the landscape and biodiversity. In the 3DMGO project, ParaStruct and Tech Eurolab want to show how used blast furnace linings and magnesia production residues can be made usable through additive manufacturing. The project aims to contribute to the circular economy and waste valorisation.



PVTEG Generation

Coordinator: COESA Srl (Italy)
Partner: R2M (Spain)
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 19
OESA Srl is an energy efficiency company, ESCo certified. We simply the energy transition, supporting our customers (public administrations, residentials and companies) with energy efficiency projects. We work as a general contractor, from design to the final installation. Nowadays, we manage roughly 150 construction sites simultaneously, with a track record of several thousand clean energy projects. We provide design, financial support, and the best energy-efficiency technologies. We work with hundreds of companies and stakeholders focused on energy technologies. We provide a turnkey project service, from the provision of financial incentives to the final implementation. We believe that the green transition has to be affordable and available to everyone.


Modular Fiber Reinforced Battery

Coordinator: LIBER SRL (Italy)
Partner: Baruffi Engineering S.r.l
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 17

The aim of the project is to provide the market with a standard product that facilitates and stimulates the transition to electrification of vehicles thanks to the reduction of costs and the introduction of technologies to increase the safety of battery packs for electric vehicles.
Our solution involves the creation of a single element named Module which can be assembled mechanically, electrically and thermally to form a customizable battery pack for the OEM sector: automotive, public transportation, marine, and construction.
One of our key points is the manufacture of the GFRP battery case. This allows to increase the specific energy density of the battery pack thanks to its lightness and will increase safety thanks to the electrical and thermal insulation properties.


TEG-Comp (ThermoElectrically-Enabled Composites)

Coordinator: Velidakis Emmanouil “Get 3D” (Greece)
Partner: Vogiaridis Panagiotis
Material: Polymer-based composites
Challange: 19
During a hard period regarding energy consumption, TEG Comp project is targeting to enable thermo-electric devices in the service of community. A combination of thermo-electric materials with light-weight carbon fiber structures would provide the ability to regenerate electric power through “hot-spots” in many applications. TEG Comp devices are light-weight and they could be fixed in thermal piping networks, high temperature assemblies and many other assemblies, in order to regenerate low voltages through thermal losses of such “hot-spots”, without compromising size of the machine.


Prepreg carbon composite solution using immersion cooling for lightweight and high-performance pack

Coordinator: CANOE (France)
Partner:E-MERSIV (France)
Material:Polymer-based composites

The PACK-ALL-BLACK battery pack product is based onto a single housing design for small and medium series (more cost-effective, more flexible, and faster to implement). There are some existing competing solutions but none of them can provide a prepreg carbon-fiber composite solution for lightweight and high-performance battery pack. From a commercial strategy point of view, PACK-ALL-BLACK is a unique selling point resulting from the close collaboration between E-MERSIV and CANOE. The PACK-ALL-BLACK battery pack product will address a large range of vehicles such as construction equipment, material handling equipment, special machines.but can also be suitable for other automotive and stationary (worksite mobile charging station) applications.


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