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Advanced Integrated
Composite Tail Cone

project deals with aircraft composite structure
development and production

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CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

Cranfield is a distinctive, wholly postgraduate university – a forward thinking institution where world-class research and innovation leads to world-changing solutions. Cranfield’s mission to transform knowledge into ingenious solutions in science, technology and management places us at the forefront of some of the world’s most practical, cutting-edge projects. Cranfield has a global reputation for inspirational teaching and research, industrial-scale facilities and superior links with industry and commerce.

Cranfield’s work within ADVITAC is carried out within the Composites Centre and the Engineering Photonics group. The Composites Centre comprises 20 researchers involved in a wide range of activities on composites manufacturing, 3D reinforced composites, process simulation and monitoring and thermosetting nanocomposites. The Engineering Photonics Group has a broad research portfolio, encompassing fibre optic sensors, optical flow measurement instrumentation, speckle interferometry and medical imaging.

Members of the Cranfield ADVITAC team:

  • Mr Andrea Battisti (Composites)
  • Dr Denis Cartie (Composites)
  • Dr Edmon Chehura (Photonics)
  • Dr Stephen James (Photonics)
  • Professor Ivana Partridge (Composites)
  • Dr Alex Skordos (Composites)
  • Professor Ralph Tatam (Photonics)

Technical involvement within the project

Cranfield’s contribution to the project is threefold:

  • Incorporation of carbon nanoparticles into fibrous composites to enhance the electrical behaviour and offer additional functionality to subcomponents of the tailcone.
  • Use of optical fibre based technologies for process and health monitoring of the tailcone.
  • Development and implementation of concepts for through thickness reinforced of selected areas of the structure.

Previous Experience relevant to these tasks

  • PRECARBI, FP6-AEROSPACE:

    Materials, Process and CAE Tools Developments for Preimpregnated Carbon Binder Yarn Preform Composites.
  • ITOOL, FP6-AEROSPACE:

    Integrated tool for simulation of textile composites.
  • Embedded optical fibre

  • Network of carbon nanotubes
    in epoxy resin

  • RTM of carbon fabric
    using CNT loaded resin

  • Fibre bragg grating fabrication

  • Cranfield Photonics lab

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  • 8th February 2011

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Project partners

DAHER NLR Tecnalia Corporación Tecnológica Cranfield University CORIOLIS composites
FFT: Free Field Technologies EMBRAER RECOMET IMPLEX SLR HONEYWELL