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ADVITAC is a Small or Medium-Scale Focused Research project under the Seventh European Framework Programme of Research and Technological Development (FP7). Partners from EU are partially funded by the European Commission (EC).
New requirements and ecological policies for greener aircraft have led the aeronautic industry to consider new approaches for aircraft development and manufacture. The aircraft tailcone appears to be a strategic component for reducing aircraft noise, fuel consumption and nitrogen oxide emission notably because of its integrated Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). The project’s central focus is to design and manufacture lightweight multi-layer/multifunction and smart composite tailcone in a fasteners-less fully integrated structure made with a fully integrated and automated process, allowing significant cost saving.
In order to ensure a thinner, cheaper and safer system, new architecture, design concepts and manufacturing processes for the integrated tailcone should be investigated. The Advanced Composite Integrated Tail Cone project brings together a consortium that has an overview of all the complete set of problems concerning tailcone structure and APU integration. Significant weight and cost savings are expected when the solutions to issues to be addressed by each of the partners have been consolidated in a design to cost approach.
Details of European Community research programmes can be found on the Cordis web site http://cordis.europa.eu/