Innovative Manufacturing and Joining Technologies for Aerospace Components
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October saw the beginning of the EU project “Advanced Manufacturing Routes for Metal/Composite Components for Aerospace”, or ADMACOM. The research teams involved want to find out how aircraft components manufactured using a combination of various materials can be economically produced. There must, of course, be no impairment in their functionality or safety.
The advantages of modern materials are obvious: CFRPs are extremely strong, corrosion resistant and lightweight. And the combination of different materials of which the composites are made enhances the positive characteristics of each individual component. Certain metals are known for their toughness, thermal conductivity and good working characteristics and these can be advantageously combined with ceramic fibres known for their stiffness, strength and low temperature coefficient. In the case of synthetic materials, properties such as plasticity, hardness, elasticity, fracture strength and thermal and chemical resistivity can actually be “selected” by a suitable choice of starting materials, manufacturing process and additives.
Joining as a challenge
Electromagnetic actuator made of different materials
This is the point at which the new EU research project takes over. The aim over the next three years is to develop innovative production and joining techniques for aerospace components. The sum of 4 million euros is available as part of the 7th EU Framework Program project.
Politecnico di Torino, Italy (Project Leader)
MT Aerospace, Germany
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany
Consiglio Nationale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy
Nanoforce Technology, United Kingdom