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EASN supported projects

EASN endorsed projects


The integration of innovative lightweight materials like CFRP into multi-material design (MMD) environments in aeronautic applications brings along a paradigm shift in initial design, manufacturing and in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
Essential cost reductions over the whole aircraft lifecycle demand innovative processes meeting the specific requirements of MMD in general and specifically of CFRP.
The certification of (structural) adhesive bonding marks a key step for full integration of CFRP, as adhesive bonding is the optimum CFRP joining technology. As yet, difficulties in predicting and assessing the bond quality by non-destructive testing limit the certification of adhesive bonding technologies and subsequently their usage in aeronautic applications.
ComBoNDT (Quality assurance concepts for adhesive bonding of aircraft composite structures by extended NDT) aims at overcoming these limitations through the enhanced development and maturation of extended non-destructive testing (ENDT) methods suitable for pre- and post-bond inspection of adhered surfaces and adhesively bonded joints.
The ComBoNDT approach is threefold and includes:
- reliable and reproducible detection of undefined and/or multiple contaminations on surfaces prior bonding, triggering surface cleaning and activation measures
- reliable and reproducible detection of poor bond quality, triggering appropriate repair actions
- improvements in robustness of methods addressing the requirements of in-line inspection in both aircraft manufacturing and MRO environments.
Time savings of up to 70% and cost savings of up to 50% in related production, MRO and retrofit processes are expected from the application of ENDT technologies resulting from ComBoNDT. The project addresses relevant levels of technology and of manufacturing readiness.
ComBoNDT will contribute to the implementation of safe, cost- and time-efficient adhesive bonding technologies and to the reduction of production and MRO costs.
For more information visit the ComBoNDT website (http://combondt.eu/)

1st H2020 call: EASN endorsed projects

6 EASN endorsed projects have been successfully submitted in frame of the 1st H2020 call:

DYNABOND: Dynamic response of adhesively bonded structures
ComboNDT: Quality assurance concepts for adhesive bonding of aircraft composite structures by advanced NDT
ENHANCE: ENergy Harvesting in Aeroautic structures by multifunctional NanoCompositEs
THOR: Manufacturing of Engineered Metallic and composites structures using Powder and wire Hot Isostatic pressing
NEASAM: Nanofilled epoxy adhesive for structural aeronautic materials
INNCOST: Innovative surface treatment for novel aluminium and magnesium alloys


The i-VISION (Immersive Semantics-based Virtual Environments for the Design and Validation of Human-centred Aircraft Cockpits) project aims at supporting human factors design and validation activities in aircraft cockpits, during the early phases of the product life-cycle through knowledge-based immersive virtual reality technologies. i-VISION, through a unique combination of research in the areas of human factors, semantics and virtual design, will enable designers and engineers to visualize, manipulate and interact with the digital mock up in an intelligent manner allowing for decisions to be taken very early in the design process and thus helping to reduce costly errors.
The i-VISION project has three distinct and complementary scientific and technological objectives, briefly described as follows:
  • Human-Cockpit Operations Analysis. Advanced human factors methods for analysing the human procedures and tasks during various phases and operating conditions in a VR-based aircraft cockpit.
  • Semantic Virtual Cockpit. Semantic technologies will be used to enrich the geometric datasets with semantic annotations. This way intelligence and knowledge of procedures and cockpit concepts is added to the VR-based simulation of cockpit operations enabling engineers and human factors experts to assess a virtual aircraft cockpit in a time and cost-effective way.
  • Virtual Cockpit Design Environment. An advanced VR environment will serve as a reusable and low-cost simulation test-bed for experimenting with various configurations and set-ups of virtual cockpits. It will allow the human-centred assessment of future cockpit architectures.
The i-VISION project involves 7 partners from 5 EU countries. The apparent multi-nationality assures a specification framework addressing in a representative way European-wide technology requirements, but it also widely improves the potential for an efficient Europe-wide dissemination of the project outputs. The i-VISION project is endorsed by the European Aeronautics Science Network.

For more information visit the i-VISION project website: www.ivision-project.eu.

6th FP7 call: EASN endorsed projects

7 upstream research projects were endorsed by EASN in the frame of the 6th FP7 call. Of the submitted proposals, 6 were successful in the evaluation process and 2 have obtained EC funding.

Funded projects:
CORSAIR: COld spray  Radical Solutions for Aeronautic Improved Repairs
i-VISION: Immersive Semantics-based Virtual Environments for the Design and Validation of Human-centred Aircraft Cockpits

Other endorsed projects:

ENCOMB+:Validation of Quality Assurance Concepts for Adhesive Bonding of Aircraft Composite Structures by Extended NDT
: Pioneering aircraft-integrated structural sensors
VIVID: Virtual assessment of low-velocity impact damage in composite airframes
DREAMCOMP: A universal approach in developing robust and energy efficient monitoring, optimisation and control technologies for economic composites processing
EFRA: Environmental Friendly Aircraft

5th FP7 call: EASN endorsed projects

Twelve academia driven Level 1 project proposals were endorsed by EASN for the 5th FP7 call. Of the 12 submitted proposals, 11 were successful in the evaluation process and 3 have obtained EC funding.

Funded projects:
IN-LIGHT-eWINDOW: Development of innovative light blocking electro- and thermo- chromic coatings for energy efficient windows
IASS: Improving the aircraft safety by self healing structure and protecting  nanofillers
QUICOM: Quantitative inspection of complex composite aeronautic parts using advanced X-ray techniques

High in reserve list:
i-VISION: Immersive semantics-based virtual environments for the design and validation of human centered aircraft cockpits
CORSAIR: New solutions for manufacturing and repair of Ni alloys components

Other endorsed projects:
GENUMAS: Geometric Numerical Simulator for Aircraft Safety
PARAD2IS: Parameters of Defects Detected In composites by Shearography
AISHA+: Aircraft integrated structural health assessment +
VIVID: Virtual assessment of low-velocity impact damage in composite airframes
HIPACT: Design of novel aircraft structures resistant to high velocity impact
ATMAS-ATM advanced system: Development of the future ATM concept based on 4D navigation/planning capabilities, common data pool and advanced CDM process.
ACTIVA: Aero-engine Components Tolerance to the Ingestion of Volcanic Ash