AIRPOXY at EASN

The AIRPOXY consortium partners will present research output on the AIRPOXY 3R resin in a special session at the 9th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space” in Athens, Greece on 3-6 September, 2019.

AIRPOXY

AIRPOXY project is related to the work programme “Maintaining industrial leadership in aeronautics” – is a European collaborative project funded by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. With a budget of about 6.5 million€, the project started on 1st September 2018 and will last for a duration of 42 months.

AIRPOXY

11 European partners build the AIRPOXY consortium

AIRPOXY

Develop thermoset composites parts for aeronautics

AIRPOXY – THERMOFORMABLE, REPAIRABLE & BONDABLE SMART EPOXY-BASED COMPOSITES FOR AERO STRUCTURES

About AIRPOXY 

WHAT?

The aim of AIRPOXY is to reduce the production and maintenance costs of composite parts in the aeronautic sector by introducing a novel family of ground-breaking thermoset composites that preserve all the advantages of conventional thermosets, but can also be easily processed and repaired, and even recycled.

 

HOW?

This is will be achieved by the further development and validation of a family of ground-breaking thermoset resins which present reversible or “dynamic” bonds, recently developed by CIDETEC (patent pending). These dynamic chemical bonds enable a series of “smart” properties, creating a new generation of thermoset composites that preserve their high performance, in terms of easy fibre impregnation and overall stability, while showing new unprecedented features once the composite is completely cured, such as Re-processability, Reparability and Recyclability (3R). 

The new generation 3R epoxy composites developed in AIRPOXY will enable:

  • High production rates due to new innovative 3R-Thermoforming processes
  • More robust and cheaper chemical 3R-Bonding technology
  • Easy cost-efficient 3R-Repair method for rejected or damaged parts
  • Recycling of manufacturing or end of life (EoL) waste will be possible closing the loop and achieving true sustainability 

 The developed technology will be moved from TRL3 to TRL5 through two representative demonstrators of aircraft panels.

 

HOW MUCH?

Thermoforming processes will reduce manufacturing cost of carbon composites parts by 35% in comparison to autoclave manufacturing, reducing processing times from hours to minutes. In addition, a novel welding process will reduce CC bonding costs by up to 50%.

AIRPOXY has received 6,5 Million € of funding from European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 769274. The project duration is 42 months.

 

WHO?

AIRPOXY relies on a multidisciplinary consortium of 11 partners from 6 European countries and is coordinated by CIDETEC.

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AIRPOXY Objectives

  • Bring the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of a new family of 3R thermoset resins from TRL3 to TRL5 for aircraft applications
  • Reduce manufacturing costs of thermoset carbon composites parts by over 35% in comparison to autoclave manufacturing
  • Reduce repair, maintenance and overhaul operations (RMO) costs for reparation or replacement of thermoset carbon composites parts by 50%
  • Reduce costs of adhesive bonding of thermoset carbon composites parts by over 50% and increase robustness by 20%.
  • Quantify the environmental advantages of the recyclability of 3R carbon composites parts at end of life in comparison to traditional carbon composites parts
  • Ensure efficient dissemination and future exploitation of the developed 3R technologies to reach TRL9 after the project’s lifetime

AIRPOXY Approach

AIRPOXY will cover the entire value-chain to solve manufacturing process cost-effectiveness challenges.

To achieve this, AIRPOXY gathers a multidisciplinary consortium of 11 strategic partners from 6 European countries ensuring adequate progress of the technical core activities and the proper validation of the resulting demonstrators.

 

The AIRPOXY work plan includes two main technical phases:

  1. Upgrading 3R technologies from TRL3 to TRL4.
  2. Validation of the technologies in industrial environment to reach TRL5 by manufacturing and testing two demonstrators: 1) a sub-component of a FAN-COWL formed by a skin, a transverse stiffener and a longitudinal stiffener, and 2) a sub-component of a LEADING-EDGE formed by a nose and two webs.

Partners

European countries

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AIRPOXY partners

Fundacion CIDETEC
INSTITUT FUER VERBUNDWERKSTOFFE GMBH
COEXPAIR SA
FUNDACIO EURECAT
EIRECOMPOSITES TEORANTA
INGENIERIA Y DESARROLLOS EN COMPOSITE S.L.
SOCIETE NATIONALE DE CONSTRUCTION AEROSPATIALE SONACA SA
PANEPISTIMIO IOANNINON
ALTAIR ENGINEERING FRANCE SARL
ARTTIC SAS
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION

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AIRPOXY now on Twitter and LinkedIn

The AIRPOXY project is now on Twitter and LinkedIn. Visit us, follow and connect for latest news from the project and consortium!   

AIRPOXY special session at 9th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space”

The AIRPOXY consortium partners proudly announce their attendance at the 9th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space” at Athens, Greece on 3-6 September, 2019. The consortium partners will be presenting research output on the AIRPOXY 3R...

AIRPOXY as a project example at the 9th EPF Summer School on Dynamic and Reversible Polymer Networks

 The head of the Polymers & Composites group in CIDETEC, Dr. Alaitz Rekondo, presented the lecture “Dynamic networks and composites based on aromatic disulfide metathesis”, in which the AIRPOXY project served as an application example of the new vitrimer...

AIRPOXY 2nd consortium meeting in Kaiserslautern, Germany

The  AIRPOXY partners met for the 2nd consortium meeting and General Assembly in the premises of Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe (IVW) in Kaiserslautern, Germany on 12-13 February, 2019. During the two-day meeting, the partners discussed the developments in the...

AIRPOXY project starts

The kick off meeting of the AIRPOXY project took place at the CIDETEC premises in San Sebastian, Spain on the 5th and 6th of September, 2018 beginning its first steps towards its three and a half year lifetime. The meeting was hosted by the coordinator CIDETEC and...

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