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ICARUS

ICARUS (Innovative Coarsening-resistant Alloys with enhanced Radiation tolerance and Ultra-fine grained Structure for aerospace application) is an ambitious collaborative project, aiming to develop an innovative thermodynamic approach to materials design, which promises the discovery of entirely new classes of multi-component nanocrystalline metal alloys resistant to coarsening, with properties specifically tailored to application.

The concept and nature of ICARUS project is of high risk and high expected impact, and it is in this way funded under the European Commission?s Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme.

ICARUS brings a radically new concept by addressing a still unsolved problem in the stabilization of nanocrystalline alloys. A proof of concept from its approach will be given and tested by experts and specialized industries working in the aerospace sector in close contact with NASA and ESA.

A successful ICARUS project would cause a paradigm shift in the aviation industry, by allowing more efficient use of resources and energy, reductions in aviation's negative environmental impact through the use of lighter and recycle structures in aviation, reduction in manufacturing and maintenance costs and lead time, as well as in the certification/standardisation costs.

For more information on the ICARUS project and EASN-TIS's participation, please refer to the project's website at http://icarus-alloys.eu/

Programme: H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA
Year: 2016

FUCAM

FUCAM (FUture Cabin for the Asian Market), a Horizon 2020 collaborative project, aims at developing a conceptual cabin interior design dedicated to the Asian markets in the year 2025 and onwards. The project will analyse the user requirements from the airlines' and passengers' perspectives in Japan and two other key markets representative of the Asian area (China, South-East Asia). FUCAM is coordinated by Airbus Group Innovations and its Consortium brings together 9 partners, 8 originating from 7 different European countries and 1 from Tokyo, Japan.
The project focuses on the Asian market first, so that the outcome will be a cabin concept that is not a worldwide compromise as today's cabins. Within FUCAM the conceptual designs of aircraft seating and cabin interior, as part of an overall cabin concept, are expected to better meet the Asian requirements and habits regarding travel behaviour and lifestyle, as the latter differ from those of the Europeans in terms of comfort and enjoyment of the in-flight experience.
The main impact of FUCAM will be the end users' satisfaction so as to eventually develop the best cabin product meeting the needs and requirements of the Asian market. Some essential aspects, such as accessibility, safety, comfort, connectivity from point to point and availability of new contents and services (mails, internet, films, etc.) will be addressed during the collection of passengers' requirements, with the aim to introduce these innovations to the market. Other aspects, such as efficient cabin installation/re-configuration, power and data distribution, communications and electro-magnetic radiation, will be addressed through the identification of the airline's requirements. Considering these requirements will ensure the maintenance of high industrial competitiveness (lead time, final assembly time) and that they will be capable of managing production growth.
The FUCAM project begun in February 2016 and will conclude its activities, having a lifespan of three years, in January 2019 (Grant Agreement number 690674).
For more information, visit the FUCAM website.

EFFICOMP

EFFICOMP (Efficient Composite parts manufacturing) is a RIA collaboration established between Europe and Japan, aiming to contribute to the reduction of costs and increase of ramp up production of composite parts for structural applications on aerospace products.
Aiming at a TRL of 4-5 for innovative, cost- and time-efficient technologies, the project examines a series of parallel technical objectives with regards to the fast-track and cost-effective production and manufacturing of load-critical composite parts in the aeronautics industry, and more specifically with regards to the reduction of materials' costs, new heating solutions, resistive heating techniques, new concepts in the mold environment, forming and joining of composite parts, and sparking detection.
Being an EU-Japan collaboration, the EFFICOMP project brings together 5 European and 4 Japanese partners who will perform coordinated research and innovation actions on topics of common interests, thus contributing to the deepening and widening of the existing cooperation between Europe and Japan.
For more information visit the EFFICOMP website at https://efficomp.eu/.

TraMOOC

TraMOOC (Translation for Massive Open Online Courses), a Horizon 2020 collaborative project aiming at providing reliable machine Translation for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), is coordinated by Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin and its Consortium brings together 10 partners from 6 European countries.
The main objective of the project is to create a translation service for the educational material of MOOCs. To achieve this goal, the project will pursue the following challenging scientific and technological objectives:
  • The generation of high-quality machine translations, even though the targeted languages include weakly supported languages as well as languages that have been proven hard to translate into in previous MT solutions.
  • The establishment of a new, appropriate, standardized, multi-level evaluation schema for determining the value of the produced translations
  • The automatic bootstrapping of new resources for languages that are fragmentarily or weakly equipped with infrastructure
  • The development of a machine translation process which will be language-independent.
The project results will be showcased and tested on the Iversity MOOC platform and on the VideoLectures.Net digital video lecture library.
The main expected outcome of the project is a high quality machine translation service for all types of educational textual data available on a MOOC platform. The service will support 11 target languages, 9 European and 2 BRIC*. The core of the service will be open-source, with some premium add-on services which will be commercialised. Open source will turn the MOOC translation service into a platform that will enable the integration of any machine translation (MT) solution in the educational domain, for any language.
TraMOOC project begun in February 2015 and will conclude its activities, having a lifespan of three years, in January 2018. The total budget of the project is approximately 2,5M Euro, partially funded by the European Commission under H2020-ICT-2014/H2020-ICT-2014-1 (Grant Agreement number 644333).
For more information, visit the TRAMOOC website.

*Nomenclature:
BRIC: Brazil, Russia, India, China

AircraftFire

Safety aboard aircraft is always one of the main preoccupations of aircraft manufacturers and airline companies. Therefore fire safety is one of the major research topics that have been addressed to improve the passenger safety. Fire is an omnipresent threat to life exacerbated in aircraft by the large quantities of highly flammable fuel and very limited possibilities of escape. Tremendous improvements in aircraft fire safety have been introduced during the last 20 years and these efforts have contributed to a significant reduction of the number of accidents, from a level of 15 accidents per million of flight hours in 1959 to two accidents per million of flight hours in 2000. Thanks to these fire safety technologies, e.g. improved cabin materials, aircraft evacuation became more effective and ground fire fighting was improved. In consequence, along the years air transportation has become the safest means of mass transport ever.

But, for the last 15 years the slope of this decrease stays close to zero. Further efforts in fire safety research are still required in order to keep reducing the risk of fire related accidents despite the increase of the air traffic.Nevertheless, in the last 10 years, over 3000 fire incidents have been recorded, many of them with potential for catastrophe, with around 40 fatal fire accidents worldwide [FAA]. With the expected growth in passenger air traffic, the number of fire fatalities will increase by four percent every year! Consequently, to prevent incidents and accidents, aircraft manufacturers aim at improving fire safety requirements, commit to long range Fire Safety Research, and develop efficient technologies while keeping a balance between aircraft safety and economics and performance. But, the evolution of technologies and equipment in new generation of airplanes can have the potential to turn this trend into the opposite direction.

In this context, AircraftFire addresses important questions such as:

  • Does the increase of composite on board these aircrafts induce more fire threat than the conventional ones?
  • Does the time of flashover change, which is considered as a critical point in post crash cabin fires where the fire rapidly grows to engulf the entire cabin and which generally marks the end of the survivability of passengers still within the cabin?
  • Should the fire procedure be conserved, adapted or strongly modified?


UMRIDA

Virtual prototyping (VP) is a key technology for environmental friendly and cost effective design in the aircraft industry. However, the underlying analysis and simulation tools (for loads, stresses, emissions, noise), are currently applied with a unique set of input data and model variables, although realistic operating conditions are a superposition of numerous uncertainties under which the industrial products operate (uncertainties on operational conditions, on geometries resulting from manufacturing tolerances, numerical error sources and uncertain physical model parameters). Major new developments in this new scientific area of Uncertainty Management and Quantification (UM and UQ) and Robust Design methods (RDM) are needed to bridge the gap towards industrial readiness, as the treatment of uncertainties enables a rigorous management of performance engagements and associated risks. This is the main objective of the UMRIDA project, which has the following action lines:

  • Address major challenges in UQ and RDM to develop and apply new methods able to handle large numbers of simultaneous uncertainties, generalized geometrical uncertainties in design and analysis within a turn-around time acceptable for industrial readiness in VP systems.
  • To respond to the validation requirements of UQ and RDM, a new generation of database, formed by industrial challenges (provided by the industrial partners), and more basic test cases, with prescribed uncertainties, is proposed.
  • The methods developed will be assessed quantitatively towards the industrial objectives on this database, during the project and at two open workshops. The gained experience will be assembled in a Best Practice Guide on UQ and RDM.

It is anticipated that the UMRIDA project will have a major impact on most of the EU objectives for air transport, by enabling design methods to take into account uncertainty based risk analysis.


For more information visit the UMRIDA project website here.



CORSAIR

The CORSAIR consortium was developed specifically with the aims of better understanding the capabilities of the technique, confirming the reliability of the deposition processes and deposited materials, and improving the performance and flexibility of the existing Cold Spray deposition systems.

The ultimate aim of the CORSAIR project is to develop Cold Spray repair technologies that will overcome the limitations of the existing repair technologies in the aerospace industry (such as TIG welding and plasma spraying), thereby making it possible to repair a much wider range of defects than is currently possible, at a lower cost and with less environmental impact.

The primary objectives and related tasks of CORSAIR are:

  • To explore the real capabilities of Cold Spray in several practical examples of aeronautical repair applications
  • To thoroughly investigate the coating and repair characteristics (mechanical, microstructural, thermal and chemical properties)
  • To thoroughly investigate the effect and the characteristics of feedstock materials required for deposition and to define the optimized characteristics for the supply
  • To give the required reliability to the coating deposition and repair processes to allow a full validation of the technology for aeronautical industry
  • To surpass the actual technological limitations of line-in-sight Cold Spray deposition process developing new nozzles for out-of-view surfaces
  • To develop a New Industrial Portable Cold Spray Unit to extend the capabilities of in situ maintenance and repair applications
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    To learn more about the project, please visit www.corsair-project.eu.



    HIKARI

    HIgh speed Key technologies for future Air transport & Research & Innovation Cooperation Scheme

    HIKARI, Japanese for "light", aims at pursuing and bringing one step further cooperation between Europe and Japan in the field of high-speed transport (HST). Even with commercial aviation craving for disruptive and environment friendly approaches and so many research initiatives in high speed transport, passengers traveling routinely onboard a high-speed airplane is still a long way ahead. There are two major hindrances: the first one is development cost and risks, the second is technology readiness level. Taking a stand on both aspects, HIKARI intends to help federate initiatives and derive common goals, and also contribute to advancement in some keys research areas.

    The primary output from HIKARI will be technology roadmaps relying on synergies between all the different projects brought by the partners. Three major activities will support HIKARI's objective:

    1. Federating existing initiatives: The main goal is to foster international cooperation by analyzing the various technological goals, identifying possible synergies, and rationalizing research efforts.

    2. Progressing on specific technology bricks: HIKARI shall contribute to "enhancing cooperation with Japan", the first selection criterion is to address topics that are currently of interest to both Japanese and European partners, and that can lead to fruitful exchanges through cooperation. Therefore HIKARI will concentrate its efforts on three technology bricks, for which the relevant team members will cover technical issues that are not already managed through other projects.
    • Fuel and environment: The aim of this research axis will be to analyze the impact of high speed emissions on the atmosphere and on the long term evolution of climate.
    • Thermal and energy management: the study will focus on assessing different options to deal with thermal and energy management, and develop a methodology to design a complete system, because of the stringent flight conditions that any high-speed vehicle is likely to encounter, but also because some propulsive architectures may lead to no generation of energy on-board (e.g. no engine with rotating parts with a ramjet or a scramjet).
    • Propulsion: HIKARI will focus on two propulsion systems that require very specialized knowledge known to only a few entities in the world, among which members of HIKARI consortium. These two systems are a "single engine" option, and a rocket engine part of "three engines" option. The study will focus on engines and tanks. This propulsion topic will include an assessment of noise at take-off resulting from one of the options studied (single class engine).
    3. Addressing a future commercial market: The third activity structuring HIKARI is market analysis. HIKARI will update the results taking into account the newest economic figures, contributing to further justifying the overall high-speed approach from an economic point of view. It will point out the main drivers for commercial development in future economic scenarios and set up criteria for possible profitable development of a future high-speed aircraft. Bases for an appropriate methodology will be set during the project.
    Coordinated by EADS, HIKARI Consortium gathers 16 partners in 7 countries: 4 in Japan and 12 in 6 different countries of Europe. It combines industries of various sizes, research organizations, and two SMEs. The total budget of the project is 2Meuros, partially funded by the European Commission under FP7 AAT 2012 RTD JAPAN (Grant Agreement number 313987).

    Starting from February 2013, the project is expected to be completed by February 2015.

    More information is available on the HIKARI website

    IN-LIGHT

    IN-LIGHT (Innovative Bifunctional Aircraft Window for Lighting Control to Enhance Passenger Comfort) is a level 1 Collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme which aims at contributing to the improvement of the passengers comfort through the development of a new concept of bifunctional aircraft window. This new concept combines two technologies, Electrochromism and Transparent OLED lighting (TOLED).
    Electrochromism technology will allow the passenger to control the amount of heat and sun-light coming through the window, switching from a transparent colourless state to a deeply coloured transparent state. Additionally, a TOLED lighting system, also controllable by the passenger, will be integrated in the window offering a very innovative type of interior ambient lighting in the cabin, with novel aesthetic effects. The technologies to be used will introduce significant breakthroughs compared to the existing smart shading system such a low manufacturing cost, compatibility with plastic substrates, low power consumption and improved performance in terms of switching speed and cyclability/lifetime.
    The new smart aircraft window to be developed within the IN-LIGHT project add significant value to conventional windows and will contribute to the passengers comfort enabling a tailored cabin environment regarding heat and light transmittance as well as ambient lighting according to their individual preferences.
    Coordinated by CIDETEC this project brings together 10 partners from 6 different European countries plus one partner from Canada, all considered renowned research and industrial experts in their respective sectors.
    Starting from November 2012, the project is expected to be completed by October 2015.
    More information is available on the IN-LIGHT website.

    QUICOM

    Recent years have seen a rapidly growing demand from aeronautic industry regarding function-oriented, highly integrated, energy-efficient and lightweight structures. In advanced composites a promising material was found, which integrates these characteristics allowing for continuously elevating the complexity of new components concerning shape and internal structure. The consequences of this increasing complexity are tremendously raising efforts in quality control, as conventional non-destructive methods are reaching their limits and become either extremely time-consuming or unusable for a full inspection.

    QUICOM (Quantitative Inspection of Complex Composite Aeronautic Parts Using Advanced X-ray Techniques) aims at taking the next big step in the development of aeronautic components by developing a new technology platform of highly detailed inspection methods in combination with advanced composite modelling and simulation. The project generates new concepts and methods based on cutting edge X-ray techniques, which aim to escalate conventional non-destructive techniques in aeronautics, on the short run and to replace them, on the long run. The QUICOM technology platform will allow a full characterisation of all kinds of aeronautic specimens concerning material decomposition and geometric features within short time. The results are integrated into a feedback cycle, to boost composite development in the direction of saving weight without losing the demanded characteristics.

    The QUICOM project links the activities of 12 partners from 6 European countries, including 6 research partners, 3 large enterprises, 2 SMEs and a network partner to ensure effective dissemination of the project results. Together they establish a network of X-ray techniques, software, application, and CFRP material specialists to work together on a reliable, fully 3D inspection of aeronautic components. Starting from October 2012 the QUICOM project is expected to be completed by September 2015.
     
    More information is available on the QUICOM website.