17 Dic Light weight airframe structures through combination with high performance materials
LightAir, a project funded by the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking, has held its final meeting on the 1st of December 2020 with the consortium members, AMADE-UdG, IKERLAN and COMPOXI, the topic manager AIRBUS Helicopters and the project officer Sonell Shroff. AMADE, acting as a project coordinator of the consortium, presented the overall status of the project and the work packages performed during the project lifetime. Despite the Covid outbreak, the consortium members managed to successfully achieve the project milestones and objectives.
Girona, 17 December 2020 –This month, project LightAir celebrated its last meeting where each consortium member presented their main tasks and outcomes performed during the project duration. In this respect, the topic manager and project officer agreed that the objectives and milestones of the project have been successfully achieved and they appreciated the effort done to finish the contract despite the Covid restrictions. Apart from this, the contribution of the project to the high-level objectives of the Clean Sky 2 programme were discussed and the following conclusions were drawn. The structural performance with the new material improves 50-65% the existing baseline materials in some of the key material parameters. Despite the fact that the results shall be analyzed in more detail, the target weight reduction of 15% in airframe structure is deemed possible, and consequently, all the associated benefits fuel saving (~1800 litres/helicopter/year) and C02 emission savings (~5900 Kg/helicopter/year). At the same time, the topic manager stated that even though the current project was framed in the RACER programme of AIRBUS Helicopters, it could be easily extended to other programs inside the company, which strengthens EU competitiveness and innovation capacity.
This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821276. This publication reflects only the author’s views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.