Our project plan

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, based on specific demonstrators.

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 the of frame-work for developments as well as specifications for demonstrators.

WP3 - Automated Bionic Design & Optimization

Significant simplification of the product development and design cycle for biomimetic lightweight structures due to a simplified design methodology based on parameterized bionic features. Increase weight-saving potential for AM parts through a specific structural sizing activity and implementation of bionicfeaturesin an automated CAD toolset.

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 implementation of advanced beam shaping optics and quality assurance systems.

WP6 - Quality Control Concepts for AM

Increase resource efficiency of AM due to the development of integrity systems for AM (in-line and in-process), to reduce the amount of deficient parts. 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 after-sales 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 methods 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