Airborne is participating in 3 technology development projects which are selected to receive grants from the Dutch ‘R&D Mobility Fund’, to develop new automated and digital manufacturing technologies for composites and electrification of mobility. In total, 8 projects have been selected, from the 26 that submitted a proposal.
Three groundbreaking technology developments in New Mobility
‘Thermoplastics for a Sustainable Aviation’
This a consortium led by GKN Fokker will develop new thermoplastic primary structures, with a special focus on Urban Air Mobility. Airborne will develop the digital and automated manufacturing technologies to manufacture such structures, based on its Automated Preforming technology to manufacture tailored blank laminates. New technologies will be developed, for example to manufacture 3D structures, and the technologies will be tested and qualified.
‘Liquid H2 tank for Civil Aviation’
This is a consortium led by Toray Advanced Composites will work on developing the technologies for future H2 storage tanks, for long-range airplanes. The H2 will be stored at cryogenic temperatures which gives challenges to the materials to be used and the design of the tank structure. Thermoplastic composites are well suited for this because of the high toughness of the materials. Airborne will develop technologies for the manufacturing of the tank structure and will also work manufacturing concepts for non-cylindrical tanks.
‘Green Transport Delta – Electrification’
This project, led by VDL Nedcar, looks at many technologies that are needed for the electrification of the whole mobility sector, ranging from passenger cars to trucks and busses. The assembly of such batteries is complex and many different designs are being evaluated. One of the results will be a flexible battery assembly line, and Airborne will use its ‘Automated Programming’ technology to create an adaptable manufacturing line, that can adjust on-the-fly without the need of reprogramming. Airborne will also work on lightweight battery structures using composites. All of these projects aim to make mobility more sustainable, by lightweighting and increasing performance of the vehicles to enlarge the range, and to reduce the waste during manufacturing.
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