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Airborne (The Hague, Netherlands) is collaborating in three technology development initiatives which are selected to obtain grants from the Dutch “R&D Mobility Fund” to develop new automated and digital composites production technologies for the application of advanced products and electrification in mobility. In complete, eight projects have been chosen from the 26 that submitted a proposal. The projects are as follows:
Thermoplastics for a Sustainable Aviation
- This consortium, led by GKN Fokker (GKN Aerospace, Redditch, U.K.), will produce new thermoplastic major structures, with a particular concentration on city air mobility (UAM). Airborne will acquire the digital and automated production systems to manufacture these structures, centered on its automatic preforming technologies to manufacture customized blank laminates. New technologies will be produced, for case in point to manufacture 3D structures, and the technologies will be analyzed and competent.
- This is a consortium led by Toray Sophisticated Composites (Nijverdal, Netherlands) which will operate on establishing the systems for long term hydrogen (H2) storage tanks for extensive-range plane. The H2 will be saved at cryogenic temperatures which poses difficulties to the elements to be used and the design and style of the tank construction. Thermoplastic composites are perfectly suited for this due to the fact of the superior toughness of the products. Airborne will create systems for the producing of the tank framework and will also operate producing principles for non-cylindrical tanks.
Eco-friendly Transport Delta — Electrification
- This undertaking, led by VDL Nedcar (Born, Netherlands), looks at lots of technologies that are needed for the electrification of the complete mobility sector, ranging from passenger vehicles to trucks and buses. The assembly of these batteries is advanced and several unique designs are currently being evaluated. Just one of the success will be a adaptable battery assembly line Airborne will use its “Automated Programming” technologies to build an adaptable manufacturing line that can adjust on the fly with no the will need of reprogramming. Airborne will also function on lightweight battery constructions applying composites.
In accordance to Airborne, all of these tasks purpose to make mobility more sustainable by lightweighting and increasing overall performance of the motor vehicles, improving their selection and reducing waste for the duration of manufacture.