Advanced Low-Cost Aircraft Structures

The Advanced Low-Cost Aircraft Structures (ALCAS) project will maintain and enhance the competitive position of the European Aerospace industry, in the face of significant challenges from strong global competition. The specific aim is to contribute to reducing the operating costs of relevant European aerospace products by 15%, through the cost-effective, full application of carbon fiber composites to aircraft primary structures. The target products range from business jets to large civil airliners. The objective for airliner platforms is a 20% weight saving, with a zero increase in recurring cost against metallic structures. The wing platform will build on the TANGO outer wing, from the TANGO Fifth Framework Programme (FP5) Technology Platform project, to address the most challenging parts of the inner wing structure, including engine and landing gear attachment. The fuselage platform will investigate the impact of complex fuselage design features, enhanced damage capability and system integration requirements. It is also expected to show that maintenance costs will be reduced, taking advantage of less fatigue and corrosion. The objective for business jet platforms is a 20-30% reduction in recurring costs, with a 10% weight saving against metallic structures. The wing platform will focus on high-structural integration. Validation will be through design, manufacture and test of a full-scale wing of partial length, and a full-scale rear fuselage with sandwich construction, vertical and horizontal tailplanes and engine attachment, which will consider system installation constraints. Expected results include down-selection results showing which innovative technologies offer the best cost/weight benefits for structural applications. It will also provide the knowledge and experience to offer a cost- and weight-effective, full composite wing, and composite business jet fuselage. Specific understanding will be developed on high-point load inputs into composite structures, high structural integration, novel materials and joining technologies, cost effective tooling and damage analysis.

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    • Research institutions undertaking the sub-projects: SAMTECH S.A., SONACA S.A., RUAG Aerospace, Vyzkumny a Zkusebni Letecky Ustav, A.S. (VZLU), Airbus Deutschland GmbH, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), EADS Deutschland GmbH, Technische Universität Dresden, Airbus España S.L., Associación de Investigación y Cooperación Industrial de Andalucía, CT Ingenieros, A.A.I, S.L, EADS CASA, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Patria Aerostructures OY, Helsinki University of Technology, Airbus France S.A.S., Dassault Aviation S.A., Centre d'Essais Aéronautique de Toulouse (CEAT), EADS CCR, Labinal, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles (ENSAIT), Issoire-Aviation S.A., Aeroforme S.A., Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Ordimoule S.A., Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (SUPAERO), University of Patras, Irish Composites (Ábhair Cumaisc Teoranta), CTL Tástáil Teoranta, Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd. (IA


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strengthening Competitiveness

    6th RTD Framework Programme
    European Union
    Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Project Managers:

    Phipps, David

  • Start Date: 20050201
  • Actual Completion Date: 20090228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25422

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  • Accession Number: 01461635
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Knowledge Centre
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:49PM