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.

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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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A new issue of the AIRPOXY newsletter

The second issue of the AIRPOXY project newsletter has been published. It includes updates on the different aspects of the project: Development of 3R-Thermoforming technologies Development of 3R-Bonding technologies SHM and development of 3R-Repair technologies...

AIRPOXY hosted a session at the 11th EASN Conference

On 3 September 2021, a session dedicated to AIRPOXY was organised within the 11th EASN Virtual Conference on Innovation in Aviation and Space to the Satisfaction of European Citizens. Within the dedicated session, AIRPOXY partners delivered the following...

CEN workshop: ‘Test method for the evaluation of the adhesive properties of fibre reinforced polymer composite joints’

As part of its standardisation activities, AIRPOXY has initiated a CEN Workshop entitled ‘Test method for the evaluation of the adhesive properties of fibre reinforced polymer composite joints’. The objective is to develop a CEN Workshop Agreement including a test...

AIRPOXY session at the 11th EASN Virtual Conference

A session dedicated to AIRPOXY is planned at the 11th EASN Virtual Conference on "Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens” on 3 Septembre 2021 from 16h55. The planned presentations are: ✈ AIRPOXY: Thermoformable, repairable and...

AIRPOXY featured in Composites World Magazine

Composites World Magazine published a feature story on AIRPOXY for the June edition of its monthly magazine. The article can be freely accessed via the Composites World website.

AIRPOXY presented during a webinar series organised by the Spanish Association of Composite Materials

CIDETEC recently presented AIRPOXY as part of a webinar on 3R composites entitled Materiales compuestos basados en un epoxi vitrímero con funcionalidades de Reparabilidad, Reciclabilidad y Reprocesabilidad. The virtual event was part of a series organised by the...

Development of 3R-FRPC, 3R-thermoforming processes and simulation in lab scale

Institut für Verbundwerkstoffe GmbH finalized the processing guidelines for the thermoforming process. It is now possible to manufacture void-free 3R-FRPC parts by 3R-thermoforming. An optimization of the 3R-resin by CIDETEC, a detailed thermoforming process...

Assessment of the knockdown effect in 3R and conventional (RTM6) composites and repair efficiency

Within Work Package 4, the Composite and Smart Materials Laboratory of the University of Ioannina evaluated the knockdown effect between 3R and conventional (RTM6) composites and the repair efficiency. In terms of interlaminar shear strength and low velocity impact...

Production trials in an industrial environment have started!

Partner IDEC has begun the first manufacturing trials at their facilities with the 3R resin developed by CIDETEC in order to produce composite parts by RTM. The results are very promising and they expect to produce the transverse stiffener and skin demonstrators...

AIRPOXY newsletter #1

The AIRPOXY project has published its first newsletter in September 2020. It contains information on progress within the different work packages as well as past and upcoming dissemination events. AIRPOXY NEWSLETTER #1 (SEPTEMBER 2020)

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