InteReSt: Collaborative project: Functionally integrative and resource-saving lightweight structures for the aerospace industry
Directly substituting bio-based materials for the high-performance materials used in aerospace engineering, however, would not lead to the desired result. The intent is therefore to combine such eco-materials with classic aerospace engineering materials to produce intelligent hybrid compounds without compromising material properties. Moreover, possible weaknesses of eco-materials shall be offset by higher degrees of functional integration. For instance, main load paths will continue to be reinforced with carbon fibers, whereas in other areas natural-fiber composites can be used to improve insulation and shock-absorbing properties.
The objectives are being implemented by means of an interactive synthesis of material composites, processing technologies and functionally integrative design. A representative model of a helicopter body shell serves to demonstrate the technology concept. To complete these efforts,
concepts related to materials management and recycling of these new composites are also being developed. Moreover, a comprehensive environmental assessment shall be made as an orientation tool for future practitioners. Airbus Helicopters Germany GmbH provides advisory support for the project with its focus on basic research.
- Project title: InteReSt: Collaborative project: Functionally integrative and resource-saving lightweight structures for the aerospace industry
- Sub-project title: Characterization, recycling and ecology of materials for resource-saving lightweight structures for the aerospace industry
- Project management agency: German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
- Funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
- Project partners: Technical University Munich, Institute of Helicopter Technology; Technical University Chemnitz, Department of Lightweight Structures and Polymer Technology
- Project period: January 2016 to March 2019
- Final report: https://doi.org/10.2314/KXP:169528352X
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