AIRPOXY

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

AIRPOXY

AIRPOXY gathers 11 multidisciplinary partners from 6 European countries with experience from research and the aeronautics industry 

AIRPOXY

Reducing production and maintenance costs of composite parts in the aeronautic sector by introducing a novel family of thermoset composites that preserve all the advantages of conventional thermosets while having the additional advantages of easy processing, repair and even recycling.

AIRPOXY Project

About

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 thermoset resins that 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 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 manufacturin, 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 maintenance, repair 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

project duration (months)

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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New AIRPOXY publications

Two new articles have been published these past weeks: Kosarli, Maria, Georgios Foteinidis, Kyriaki Tsirka, Nerea Markaide, Alaitz Ruiz de Luzuriaga, Diego Calderón Zapatería, Stefan Weidmann, and Alkiviadis S. Paipetis. 2022. "3R Composites: Knockdown Effect...

The recording of the AIRPOXY Public Workshop is available

The recording of the AIRPOXY public workshop, 'Trends in composites materials to maintain European leadership in aeronautics', is available! You can now watch the replay of the 11 presentations covering new materials, manufacturing and sustainability aspects.  

AIRPOXY at the Conference on Industrial Technologies

Project coordinator CIDETEC Surface Engineering is presenting project results and demos at the Conference on Industrial Technologies - IndTech 2022  in Grenoble. This is a great opportunity to showcase the project in an excellent research and industrial-driven...

The AIRPOXY project held a public workshop in San Sebastian

A public workshop was hosted by project coordinator CIDETEC Surface Engineering close to its headquarters in San Sebastian on 15 June 2022. The programme of the event, entitled Trends in composites materials to maintain European leadership in aeronautics, was divided...

Publication of the CEN Workshop Agreement initiated by AIRPOXY partners

The CEN Workshop Agreement 'Test method for the evaluation of the adhesive properties of fibre reinforced polymer composite joints' initiated by AIRPOXY partners Asociación Española de Normalización (UNE) and University of Ioannina and has been published! Access the...

Draft CWA ‘Test method for the evaluation of the adhesive properties of fibre reinforced polymer composite joints’

The CEN Workshop initiated by AIRPOXY partners UNE - Asociación Española de Normalización and University of Ioannina,'Test method for the evaluation of the adhesive properties of fibre reinforced polymer composite joints', has developed its first draft CWA. This...

New peer-reviewed publications

Two new scientific publications have been authored by our project team since the beginning of the year.   Study into the Mechanical Properties of a New Aeronautic-Grade Epoxy-Based Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Vitrimer - Polymers -...

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...

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