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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

i-VISION

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.

CATER

CATER - Coordinating Air transport Time Efficiency Research, is a Coordination and Support Action in Air Transport Systems within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). As indicated by its title, the project deals with the topic of time efficiency and primarily aims at acting as a Research & Innovation observatory and policy advisory center run by an authoritative group with deep industry knowledge, access to a network of all relevant R&I organisations and excellent information gathering and knowledge management processes and tools. Precisely, CATER aims at providing air transport time efficiency stakeholders with a panoramic view of what research and innovation is being conducted (R&I state of the art), of existing gaps in the landscape and bottlenecks to innovation, as well as of how EU (and non EU) funded research projects meet ACARE goals according with SRIA needs. Accordingly, CATER will deliver insightful reports and strategic recommendations packaged and disseminated effectively.

For more information visit the CATER website.

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.

    The COOPERATEUS project

    CooperatEUS, a European Project within the Framework Programme 7 (Research / Aeronautics and Air Transport), aimed at establishing an initial framework, data base and network, in order to facilitate and enhance the co-operation in R&T activities between the two largest world players in aeronautics, i.e. the USA and Europe. It did not interfere with the various EU-US R&T co-operative activities already undertaken, but provided rules and reference beneficial to all as it introduced a more structured dialogue to identify the similarities in the respective research agendas / road maps.

    Work performed

    As from the starting date of the project (15th of August 2010) the work had been concentrated on the following areas:

    • Having a synthesised overview of the existing EU-US cooperation in R&T either at European Level or by each Member State
    • Having a mutual understanding of administrative mechanisms: clarify the principles governing such EU-US R&T cooperation, respective funding mechanisms, IPRs, etc. and the main barriers to that cooperation and suggest ways to overcome all the problems
    • Building up ad-hoc EU-US R&T co-operation areas of mutual benefit
    • Getting together events
    • Proposing win-win R&T roadmaps / co-operations

    Results

    The project provided common R&T roadmaps for co-operation to be introduced in future calls for proposals within Framework programmes of the European Commission and mechanisms in the US.
    Candidate subjects have been identified with a higher number when dealing with lower TRL?s, particularly for subjects of Aviation general interest in Academia and research establishments. CooperatEUS project indicated the areas where the co-operation topics were mutually favoured assuring a good reciprocity between the parties.
    CooperatEUS created a momentum in the Community of Aeronautics research in Europe and somewhat in the USA and the corresponding doers can use created personal contacts as well as companies? contacts.
    Co-operation with the USA had definite advantages for both the EU and the USA. However, the complex USA structure, combined with the various Contractual and Export Control regulations will make the process very long and involve discussions with all parties, including the relevant US Authorities.
    Every advantage should be taken of EU-US Collaboration Agreements, working with the European Commission at all points. NASA headquarters ought to be kept in the loop directly by the EC. Yearly information meetings with the corresponding High level responsible persons from the two sides look as a must.
    The EC-FAA MOC NAT-I-9406 had been taken as a reference. Both the FAA and NASA formally stated to us that they preferred this type of approach for international collaboration. The CooperatEUS participants strongly believed that a new annex could be prepared to embrace the environment oriented topics, and another one on safety and new standards items. These new annexes should be worked to contain the resolution of the administrative hurdles from both sides.
    It is expected that this task will be pursued in order to show that this initiative was based on a deep thinking of need to use efficiently the capabilities existing in Europe and the USA in the spirit of getting more for the interest of the large public. The EC already provided corresponding orientations in the FRP7 call6 in that direction.
    Finally, the academia, both in the EU and the US, see in a positive way the collaboration in the frame of research activities.  University-to-University collaboration is fairly straightforward, providing agreements on IPR can be reached, usually applied to "basic research" in the TRL ranges 1 to 3.
    The full version of the publishable summary and other material containing information about the project, its work and the results achieved can be found here. Also, information about the final CooperatEUS forum that took place in Brussels on October 4th, 2012 can be found on the CooperatEUS website

    IASS

    Inspection and Maintenance are important aspects when considering the availability of aircraft for revenue flights. Modern airframe design is exploiting new exciting developments in materials and structures to construct ever more efficient air vehicle able to enable ?smart? maintenance including self-repair capabilities. The improvement in the aircraft safety by self-healing structures and protecting nanofillers is a revolutionary approach that should lead to the creation of novel generation of multifunctional aircraft materials with strongly desired properties and design flexibilities.

     In recent years, the development of new nanostructured materials has enabled an evolving shift from single purpose materials to multifunctional systems that can provide greater value than the base materials alone; these materials possess attributes beyond the basic strength and stiffness that typically drive the science and engineering of the material for structural systems. Structural materials can be designed to have integrated electrical, electromagnetic, flame resistance, regenerative ability and possibly other functionalities that work in synergy to provide advantages that reach beyond that of the sum of the individual capabilities. Materials of this kind have tremendous potential to impact future structural performance by reducing size, weight, cost, power consumption and complexity while improving efficiency, safety and versatility

    IASS (Improving the Aircraft Safety by Self-Healing Structure and Protecting Nanofillers) is a Level 1 Collaborative project funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. The project focuses on overcoming the existing drawbacks related to technical targets required for aeronautical composite materials through the development of new multifunctional self-healing reinforced composites. Starting from September 2012, the project is expected to be completed by August 2015.

    More information is available on the IASS website 



    HAIC

    HAIC (High Altitude Ice Crystals) is a large-scale integrated project which aims at enhancing aircraft safety when flying in mixed phase and glaciated icing conditions. The HAIC project will provide the necessary Acceptable Means of Compliance (numerical and test capabilities) and appropriate ice particle detection/awareness technologies to the European Aeronautics industry for use on-board commercial aircraft.

    Coordinated by Airbus, the HAIC Consortium brings together 34 partners from 11 European countries and 5 International partners from Australia, Canada and the United States. The total budget of the project is 22.8 M?, partially funded by the European Commission under FP7-AAT-2012-3.5.1-1 ((Grant Agreement number 314314).

    Starting from August 2012, the project is expected to be completed by July 2016.

    More information is available on the project website.