27 Nov Light weight airframe structures through combination with high performance materials
LightAir, a project funded by the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking, aims at qualifying new high performance materials for helicopter airframe structures following the classical building block approach. The project, which started on the 1st of November, will be focused on the material characterization of the first three levels of the building block approach, including coupons, elements and sub-structural details. State-of-the-art tests will be introduced in the qualification programme that will provide useful material parameters for damage tolerance analysis. The project was launched officially on the 27th of November in Girona, Spain.
Girona, 27 November 2018 – This month, a new research and development project in the aeronautic sector coordinated by the research group AMADE (University of Girona) is starting. Financed by the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking and in the framework of Horizon 2020 programme, the objective of the LightAir project is to perform a complete characterization of the three new materials proposed in the call (adhesive, composite and honeycomb) in order to obtain design allowables. The project consortium is backed by four partners: Airbus Helicopter, the helicopter manufacturing division of Airbus, AMADE research group from the University of Girona with domain expertise in the characterization and analysis of advanced composite materials, IKERLAN technological center with strong background in structural design and characterization of composites, and the engineering corporation Airborne with more than 20 years of experience in composite materials manufacturing for the aerospace industry.
The main objective of the project is to perform an extensive testing campaign with state-of-the-art tests that will provide useful material parameters for damage tolerance analysis. The test campaign will cover different levels of testing, from coupons, to higher levels of complexity with sandwich structures and sub-structural components.