Consortium

NOVOTECH Aerospace Advanced Technology S.R.L.
Our identity

NOVOTECH is a key partner for many industries working in the aerospace field and other advanced technology sectors. The Company was founded in 1992 as a spin-off engineering consulting company from the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the University of Naples "Federico II"; by its nature, it still maintains close contacts with scientific institutions, as Universities and Research Centres, in force of several industrial and research activities especially, but not exclusively, in the aerospace field.

In order to keep high competitiveness on the market, NVT has developed a specific and nowadays well consolidated know-how especially focused on design, production and certification of aircrafts and aircraft components.

For what concerns the manufacturing activities, a branch of the R&I Department has developed advanced skill in innovative manufacturing processes, especially related to composites, as Automated Fiber Placement (AFP), Liquid Resin Infusion (LRI), Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) and Prepreg Compression Moulding (PCM) techniques. Within this context, starting from the end of 2014, NVT has been identified by Cytec Solvay Group as qualified laboratory for development and testing on new materials for AFP, RTM and PCM processes.

Regarding  to the production of components by automated technology process and static/dynamic analyses and testing, NVT received ISO 9100 certification thus proving the high level of competence and standards that can be assured on this type of activities.

Currently, the Company is involved in several research projects both at national and European level, dealing with the investigation and characterization of innovative configurations and processing of multifunctional CFRP multi-layer materials to manufacture with automated technology.

NOVOTECH has always been involved in research projects in partnership with Companies, Universities and Research Centers of the industrial world concerning design, testing and manufacturing of aeronautical structures such as: AIRGREEN2, SPIA, COGEA, ASAM, LAMITECH, PROALATECH, FACE etc.

 

What we do in NHYTE

In the frame of the NHYTE project, NOVOTECH is leading WP9 as the Project Coordinator as well as WP1, WP4, WP5 and WP6 activities.WP9 includes project management and coordination activities providing the necessary organizational substrate for the fruitful implementation of the project. Further involvement of NOVOTECH will be realised within the technical part of the project. In particular, it will perform the design, installation and acceptance of the automated prototype equipment that will enable the fabrication of the new hybrid composite material, while it will be steeply involved in the activities for the development and implementation of the new hybrid prepreg material. In continuation, several tests on the material and the proposed manufacturing processes will be carried out by NOVOTECH and in cooperation with other partners as well. Apart from these, the project Coordinator , thanks to its expertise, will have a specific focus on all manufacturing phases realised during the project by the in-situ consolidation automated fiber placement process (ISC-AFP).

CENTRO DI RICERCHE EUROPEO DI TECNOLOGIE DESIGN E MATERIALI (CETMA)
Our identity

CETMA is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) based in Brindisi, Italy which carries out for more than 20 years applied research, experimental development and technology transfer in the field of advanced materials (composites, polymers, bio-based and recycled ), ICT (development of specialized software for engineering, manufacturing and services) and product development. It is a non-profit organization reinvesting all profits in research, training and technology transfer. It has 4000 square meters laboratories and offices and 85 employees as researchers, engineers, designers and project managers.

CETMA is UNI EN ISO 9001 certified for research and development in the field of advanced industrial engineering and for the development of integrated engineering projects for industrial applications. Placed in a strategic position, in the center of the aeronautic Apulian pole, in the south of Italy, the last 15 years it focused its investments in the aeronautics field extending its facilities and competencies. Nowadays it is becoming more and more a point of reference for those companies that aim to invest in innovation in the field of composite materials.

CETMA participates in the project with its Materials and Structures Engineering Department (MAST), the main strength point of which is the availability of integrated competencies in the composites field: material and component design, testing, manufacturing process, materials properties, mechanical behaviour, simulation of material, component and process by finite element commercial software, certification issues in aeronautical field. In 2013 four Material Engineers belonging to the MAST Department created CETMA Composites S.r.l. aiming to the manufacturing of composite material products. The first product placed on the market is carbon reinforced composite apnoea fins with the long-term objective to enter the aeronautic composite components market.

What we do in NHYTE

CETMA’s activities in the project include the development of an optimized Induction Welding process for the innovative composite material. The process developed will be used to assemble sub-components and components in WP2 and the final demonstrators in WP6. Further contribution of CETMA involves physical and mechanical tests at coupon level in WP1 and WP3, while it will be responsible for the virtual testing in WP4 in collaboration with the University of Patras.

UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS - PANEPISTIMIO PATRON (UPAT)
Our identity

The Laboratory of Technology & Strength of Materials belongs to the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics of the University of Patras (LTSM-UPAT). LTSM conducts research in the fields of Materials Science and Technology, Strength of Materials and Engineering parts and Structural Analysis by focusing on aeronautical applications. LTSM has established a national and international reputation in the research area of aeronautical materials and structures through its participation in more than 90 European, competitive, research projects. Moreover, LTSM has also established a direct cooperation with nearly all well-known European aeronautical industries. 

The Laboratory has acquired modern basic infrastructure and specialized equipment in machinery, control devices, computers and software. The accreditation by the Hellenic Accreditation System (ESYD) according to EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard and the accumulated expertise, equipment and manpower, allow the Laboratory to provide high quality services to the industry and manufacturing organizations. In this frame, for all testing activities LTSM follows the established standards (ASTM, EN/ISO etc.) as well as industrial specifications (e.g. AITM).

Research activities of LTSM spread in the whole range of mechanical engineering applications with emphasis on aeronautics. Research is mainly conducted in the frame of European competitive research programs.

What we do in NHYTE

In NHYTE, University of Patras leads WP7, where the objective is to perform an analytic evaluation with regards to quality, cost and environmental impact. In particular, a critical assessment of the environmental impact of the developed processes within the NHYTE project will be carried out for the entire life of the product. Although the analysis will focus on the production phase, both the initial phase of the raw material preparation and transport as well as the phase from the component final production till its end of life and the necessary disposal activities, will be considered so as to achieve realistic estimates. For the production phase, a detailed cost analysis model based on the Activity Based Costing (ABC) method will be developed to estimate not only the production cost and time but also the respective costs related to the energy footprint as well as the respective environmental impact of the sub-process under consideration; these costs will be coupled with the necessary cost for activities and measures to face the addressed impact. Furthermore, the UPAT in collaboration with CETMA, in WP4 will accomplish a numerical and comparative testing activity aimed at reducing the number of mechanical tests and verifying the capabilities of numerical tools to match the mechanical properties of the new materials.

LGAI TECHNOLOGICAL CENTER SA (Applus LGAI)
Our identity

LGAI Technological Center S.A., integrated in the Applus+ Group in the Laboratories Division, is the Technological reference of the group for the industrial sector specialised in developing technical solutions to enhance product competitiveness and foster innovation. Their testing expertise and network of leading, renowned laboratories makes them best placed to support you through the whole product value chain, offering testing, product-development, quality-control and certification services.

Applus+ Group has more than 20,000 professionals working in more than 70 countries across all continents. Applus+ has been listed on the Madrid Stock Exchange since May 2014. Applus Laboratories Division has more than 700 workers in the test site in Bellaterra (Barcelona, Spain) as well as in other sites in Spain, Europe, America and Asia while currently has 15 centers concerning such diverse fields as: polymers, chemistry, environment, electromagnetism, mechanics, telecommunications, acoustics, fire, metrology biology and others.

The company provides technological support to the industry by conducting laboratory tests, calibration of measuring equipment, certifications, technical training and research and development (R&D) through state-of-the-art technology and a very qualified working team. Thanks to its technical competence and skills, Applus Laboratories is one of the most prestigious technological centers in Spain and well known all around the world.

As a world global leader in testing, inspection and certification, quality and customer recognition have been Applus motto for its development, also in the Aerospace sector. Our material test engineers have long experience designing and developing any special test procedure from testing, inspection and data analysis taking into account environmental, production process and raw material influences. Our test operators have more than 15 years’ experience testing from composite material for aeronautical structures. Applus Laboratories is able to perform materials characterization on several materials, composites, metallic or polymers. All the mechanical laboratories fulfill the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025.

What we do in NHYTE

 Applus is in charge of defining and developing the material, element, subcomponent and component mechanical tests required in order to validate the material characterization and manufacturing process. Thanks to its experience in aeronautical material and structural testing, Applus will also assess the test matrix managed by other partners of the consortium, while it will be involved in the SHM (Structural Health Monitoring) development together with Bath University as a consultant, providing its previous background in this technique from the experimental point of view. Finally, Applus will be also involved in the upgrading of the e-Testing online monitoring system in order to ensure an agile test result follow-up and communication.

UNIVERSITY OF BATH (UBAH)

Our identity

The University of Bath is a UK research-intensive university with substantial experience of European Funded projects through the various Framework Programmes. The Department of Mechanical Engineering was awarded a ‘grade 5**’ in the latest UK Government Research Assessment Exercise. Within the Department resides the Material Research Centre, a multidisciplinary centre, the activities of which have an international reputation in the development of NDT and NDE techniques, and advanced modelling of damage initiation and progression failure in aerospace structures, and wave propagation.

The Material Research Centre consists of ten full time Professors, nine Lecturers, six Research Fellows, and a group of doctoral students and technicians, who can be involved within the project.  Furthermore, it has been part of the UK Research Centre in Non-destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) for 10 years.

Over the years the MRC has worked on the development of advanced FEA and meshless methods, optimisation tools, SHM and non-destructive testing imaging techniques, such as acoustography, thermosonics and thermography.  This work has been supported by various UK-EPSRC and EU grants.

What we do in NHYTE

The University of Bath will participate in WP2 activities related to Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). More specifically, it will implement, integrate and optimize test tailored SHM and NDI strategies, which will be used during the experimental testing of sub-components and components with the aim to control the structural integrity of highly stressed areas, and monitor the initiation of damage growth and its propagation as it occurs in composites laminate. The Structural Health Monitoring System is characterized by a high reliability level combined with reduced integration costs.

LEONARDO FINMECCANICA S.p.A. (LEONARDO)
Our identity

LEONARDO is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, the company designs and creates products, systems, services and integrated solutions both for the defence sector and for public and private customers of the civil sector, both in Italy and abroad.

LEONARDO operates in about twenty countries with offices and industrial plants in all of the five continents and can rely on a very large network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and international partnerships, with significant industrial presence in four domestic markets Italy, United Kingdom, Poland and United States and structured partnerships in the most important high potential markets in the world. The new LEONARDO is a great integrated industry focused on four activity sectors: Helicopters, Aeronautics, Electronics, Defence and Security Systems and Space.

LEONARDO's international success is based on the excellence of its technology and continuous innovation. Every year, invests about 11% of its revenues in research and development, focusing on the realization of dual use platforms and solutions. LEONARDO ranks first among the Italian companies that invest in high-tech and is the third group in the world for R&D investments in Aerospace and Defence (source: The EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard 2014, a European Commission publication). Moreover, it encounters participations in the most important European aerospace, defence and security research programmes and is steeply involved with a global network of Universities, Centres and Institutions dedicated to scientific research and technology.

In order to realize these goals, every day at LEONARDO approximately 3,500 employees do research and development, as well as 15,000 skilled technicians, while about 13,000 engineers work on designing projects, making a vital contribution to the overall growth of a “technological culture” within our economic system. Leonardo Aircraft Division will be involved in the NHYTE project, and the activities will be performed in the plants of Pomigliano D’Arco (Naples) and Foggia.

What we do in NHYTE

LEONARDO is leading WP2 and WP3 activities, while it has been allocated as the project’s Exploitation Manager. Thanks to its strong expertise, it will contribute and support NOVOTECH to the optimal design and construction of the prototype equipment that will be used for the material fabrication. In parallel, it will be responsible for the selection and design of the final demonstrators, including the definition of a suitable test program that will be based on a building block approach. Further responsibilities of LEONARDO include the investigation and identification of the requirements enabling the optimization of the material, manufacturing processes, performance and costs. Last but not least, it will develop a low cost autoclave process, while it will be also involved in the activities related to the procurement of the stringers that will be used in the frame of the project.

 

EASN Technology Innovation Services BVBA (EASN TIS)
Our identity

The European Aeronautics Science Network (EASN) is the Association of the European Academia active in Aeronautics research. Its main goal is to support the development and dissemination of new knowledge, innovation and breakthrough technologies through fundamental research in Aeronautics. It represents the Academia in ACARE and other EU forums and committees. EASN has agreements with industrial and SME organizations for the dissemination of knowledge and research related information and connects to more than 10,000 academic staff throughout Europe.

EASN-TIS, a Belgium-based SME with a branch office in Patras, Greece, is contractually linked to EASN with the exclusive role to represent and act on behalf of the EASN Association in collaborative projects. EASN-TIS acts as the permanent Secretariat of the EASN Association and is responsible for undertaking its tasks in the frame of research projects, including project management, administration and communication. EASN-TIS has represented the EASN Association in several research projects, in which it either leads or participates in both dissemination and management activities, e.g. SARISTU (Level 2 project), HAIC (Level 2 project), ENCOMB (Level 1 project), INMA (Level 1 project), IASS (Level 1 project), UMRIDA (Level 1 project), HIKARI (Level 1 project) and more.

What we do in NHYTE

In this project, EASN-TIS will be involved in the dissemination and communication of the project results (WP8). The main objective is to diffuse the project outcomes, by spreading the knowledge incubated within the project to a wide audience from all sectors such as the Industry, SMEs, the Academia and research establishments, while at the same time not failing to reach the wider public throughout Europe. Additionally, due to the novelty research realized within the project, the necessary measures are required to be applied towards protecting the legitimate interests of the involved parties with respect to the background introduced to the project and the foreground developed. To this end, EASN-TIS will be responsible for monitoring and safe-guarding the IPRs of the parties involved.

Additionally EASN TIS has a small contribution in management and coordination (WP9) with a task which will enable the creation of a secure password-protected e-collaboration platform, which was developed for the needs of the project in order to facilitate the internal communication and documents exchange among the consortium partners.

UNIVERSITÉ DE BRETAGNE SUD (UBS)
Our identity

To meet current and future scientific and technological challenges in materials engineering, mechanical engineering and systems, Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des MATériaux de Bretagne (4250 LIMATB EA) and Laboratoire Brestois de Mécanique et des Systèmes (LBMS EA 4325) federate, from the 1st January 2016, their research and research training to form a large Research Institute for the engineer: L’Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme (IRDL).

This group of two young dynamic laboratories Brittany, close and complementary on many scientific fields, will increase their visibility and encourage the emergence of new synergies in research. The ambition of the IRDL is to play in the short term, an even more important role at regional, national and international levels in addressing current issues related to materials engineering and systems used in industrial sectors related to automotive, energy, aerospace, health, transport and specifically all areas in dynamic interaction with the marine environment, such as shipbuilding and offshore marine energy.

The IRDL consists of 303 members including more than:

  • 100 teacher-researchers,
  • 126 doctoral students,
  • 41 engineers, technicians and administrative staff,
  • 9 post-doctoral candidates
What we do in NHYTE

Based on their expertise in materials engineering, mechanical engineering and systems UBS will contribute in the activities that will be performed in WP3 and WP4. Particularly, UBS will develop and implement a numerical thermal predictive tool enabling the definition of the laser heating law in in-situ consolidation automated fiber placement process. This numerical tool will be used to optimize the in-situ consolidation automated fiber placement process in terms of timing and quality of the manufactured parts as well as for monitoring purposes of the process. Further responsibilities of UBS are devoted to supporting the manufacturing activities.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723309.