More Affordable Aircraft Structure Lifecycle through Extended, Integrated and Mature Numerical Sizing
CALL IDENTIFIER: FP7-AAT-2007-RTD-1
NUMBER OF PARTNERS: 57
OVERALL BUDGET: 40,2 mEUR
The aim of the MAAXIMUS project was to demonstrate the fast development and right-first-time validation of a highly-optimised composite airframe. The MAAXIMUS objectives related to the highly-optimised composite airframe were: 50% reduction of the assembly time of large composite sections; 10% reduction of manufacturing & assembly recurring costs; 10% reduction of the structural weight. The MAAXIMUS objective related to a faster development was to reduce by 20% the current development timeframe of aircraft structures and by 10% the corresponding cost. The MAAXIMUS objective related to the right-first-time structure was to additionally reduce the airframe development costs by 5% through the delivery of a predictive virtual test capability for large composite structures with a quantified level of confidence, to avoid late and costly changes This was achieved through coordinated developments on a physical platform, to develop and validate the appropriate composite technologies for low weight aircraft and a virtual structure development platform, to identify faster and validate earlier the best solutions through major improvements in airframe simulation-base design.
TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS’ ROLE IN THE PROJECT
Design Sensitivity Analysis for non-linear statics of shells, with the aim to develop the methodology and prepare the software tool enabling evaluation of sensitivity of composite shells to the material and geometrical, as well as the micro-structure parameters of layers for the in-service behavior.