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Airborne (The Hague, Netherlands) is collaborating in three technology development tasks which are picked to obtain grants from the Dutch “R&D Mobility Fund” to acquire new automated and digital composites manufacturing systems for the application of innovative materials and electrification in mobility. In complete, eight projects have been picked from the 26 that submitted a proposal. The assignments are as follows:
Thermoplastics for a Sustainable Aviation
- This consortium, led by GKN Fokker (GKN Aerospace, Redditch, U.K.), will develop new thermoplastic main constructions, with a particular concentration on urban air mobility (UAM). Airborne will establish the electronic and automatic producing systems to manufacture this sort of structures, primarily based on its automatic preforming technologies to manufacture customized blank laminates. New technologies will be formulated, for instance to manufacture 3D buildings, and the systems will be examined and qualified.
Liquid H2 Tank for Civil Aviation
- This is a consortium led by Toray State-of-the-art Composites (Nijverdal, Netherlands) which will operate on acquiring the technologies for long term hydrogen (H2) storage tanks for extended-range aircraft. The H2 will be saved at cryogenic temperatures which poses challenges to the resources to be utilized and the structure of the tank construction. Thermoplastic composites are properly suited for this due to the fact of the large toughness of the resources. Airborne will acquire technologies for the manufacturing of the tank structure and will also operate production principles for non-cylindrical tanks.
Inexperienced Transportation Delta — Electrification
- This challenge, led by VDL Nedcar (Born, Netherlands), looks at a lot of systems that are desired for the electrification of the total mobility sector, ranging from passenger autos to trucks and buses. The assembly of such batteries is complex and numerous various designs are currently being evaluated. One of the success will be a adaptable battery assembly line Airborne will use its “Automated Programming” engineering to develop an adaptable manufacturing line that can adjust on the fly without the need of the will need of reprogramming. Airborne will also do the job on lightweight battery constructions using composites.
In accordance to Airborne, all of these jobs aim to make mobility a lot more sustainable by lightweighting and growing efficiency of the automobiles, improving their vary and reducing waste for the duration of manufacture.