Challenge 19

Challenge purpose: High performance lightweight materials & structures for electromagnetic windows

About the challenge

High-performance lightweight materials can be used in substitution of individual metal parts, traditionally manufactured, in order to achieve weight and cost reductions as well as improved durability. They could be monolithic or multilayer thermoplastic composites fit for airframe and crash requirements. The design of these components needs to guarantee interchangeability with traditional metallic parts. Scouting and cooperation with industrial partners in this domain is an opportunity for the challenge provider.

Main section of application:

  • Aeronautics

Main cross-cutting topics:

  • Material supply & development

  • Characterisation & modelling

  • Manufacturing & assembly

Scope of the challenge

In the context of advanced and lightweight materials, the scope is the innovative concept & the development of materials & structures improving the performance and compliance against the airframe requirements. The challenge provider is interested in cooperation with suppliers with expertise both in composite materials and 3D printing metallic technology.

Challenge objectives

  • Monolithic or multilayer thermoplastic composites fit for airframe and crash requirements for electromagnetic windows applications;

  • Cooperation finalised to material know-how transfer, sample development.

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