Results

Novel high-performance hybrid thermoplastic prepreg material for aerospace applications

With the aim to take the use of composite materials to the next level, NHYTE developed innovative results, ranging from a novel recyclable hybrid thermoplastic composite material with multifunctional capabilities for aerospace applications. to new, efficient manufacturing concepts and methodologies for greener, integrated aero-structures. The proposed high-performing hybrid material offers improvements in terms of structural efficiency and weight reduction, which consequently results in an aircraft’s reduced fuel consumption and CO2, NOx emissions.

New software to compute the temperature field while bonding the substrate and tape of a hybrid composite material

One key point of the project was to get the right temperature at the nip-point region where substrate and tape are put in contact. The temperature must be the right one so as to achieve a good bond between the layers. 

UBS developed new software to compute the temperature field into the process which depends on the laser power, the laser position and orientation, the roller deformation, and the properties of the materials involved in the project.

Life Cycle Assessment with regard to quality, cost and environmental impact of the processes developed within NHYTE

WP7 was dedicated to the Life Cycle Assessment with regard to quality, cost and environmental impact of the processes developed within NHYTE. In this frame, the following tasks were performed:

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the NHYTE processes
  • Life Cycle Costing Analysis (LCC) of the NHYTE processes
  • Quality Analysis of the NHYTE processes
  • Optimization of the NHYTE processes with regard to Quality, Cost, and Environmental footprint
  • Comparison with conventional processes used so far

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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.