Project Start: 01. September 2016

Project Duration: 36 months


Description of Project:

The major goal of BionicAircraft is to develop technologies, tools, and concepts to enhance the resource efficiency of aviation for the entire life-cycle of an aircraft, based on Additive Manufacturing (AM). To achieve the high level objectives, ten workpackages are planned. The developments and results of the project will be continuously tracked and verified on demonstrators.

Structure of Project 2

The major objectives of the workpackages are the following:

WP1 - Ethics Requirements: Guarantee compliance of the project with Ethic Requirements of H2020.

WP2 - Specifications: Definition and update of frame-work for developments as well as specifications for demonstrators.

WP3 - Automated Bionic Design & Optimization: A significant simplification of the product development and design cycle for biomimetic lightweight structures due to a simplified design methodology and an increased weight-saving potential through a specific AM structural sizing activity and optimization (topology).

WP4 - High Strength AM Aluminium Material: Development of new high strength aluminium alloy with superior mechanical properties compared to conventional AM aluminium alloys to increase the lightweight potential of AM structures.

WP5 - Productive and Efficient AM Process: Achieve a step change in the performance of the AM process regarding productivity and resource efficiency due to process optimization.

WP6 - Quality Control Concepts for AM: Increase resource efficiency of AM due to the development of integrity system for AM (in-line and in-process), which reduces amount of deficient parts as well as development of NDT in-service test methods, which allow an increased service life of AM parts.

WP7 - Efficient After Sales Supply Chain: Exploit advantages of AM in the aftersales aerospace supply chain, to increase efficiency and reduce waste associated with the supply of spare parts, reducing the impact on the environment, reducing unnecessary stock levels, and improve offerings to the market.

WP8 - Repair and Recycling Concepts: Reduction of the environmental impact of AM parts due to development of repair concepts for highly complex AM parts, which promise a significant increase of service life as well as development of recycling method for AM parts with a recycling rate of >95%.

WP9 - Impact and Standardization: Maximizing impact and effectiveness of dissemination of developments.

WP10 - Project Management: Continuously track and control the accuracy, quality and timeliness of deliverables



Over the whole length of the project, six milestones have been defined. The following figure shows the List of Milestones.