Forsknings- och utvecklingsingenjörContact Johan
The INFINITE project will develop know-how to incorporate advanced sensing technologis in composite components for aerospace applications. The principal achievement of the project will be to develop a calibrated system capable of suppling powerful data for the structural health monitoring process.
INFINITE aims to develop a sensor system based on the usage of magnetic microwires to be embedded in aerospace composite structural parts and sensed by a portable microwave reader system, in order to monitor manufacturing and structural health throughout the whole life cycle of the component. The reader system will permit producing sensor signals and vast sets of data linked with the specimen to create an as-built digital twin of the structure that will also account for the whole component history since it was manufactured through all maintenance operations performed, until being optimally recycled. INFINITE intends to deliver improvements in composite manufacturing and structural health monitoring (SHM) by the development of functional sensorised Non-Crimp fabrics (NCF). These fabrics will provide an efficient real-time monitoring system through a self-sensing fibre by wireless monitoring of the fibre position, orientation, strain-stress and temperature.
In service, the new SHM system will provide information about component integrity, performance and safety; therefore informing and improving maintenance operations. The new sensorised NCF will also enable a new repair capability for complex parts. Integration of the magnetic microwires in the fabric opens new possibilities in the design of future functional composites using existing sensoring technologies. This advanced quality monitoring has the potential to deliver a significant impact on cost and safety reliability of composite components, providing a competitive advantage of European manufactures. INFINITE also aims to assess the effect of sensoring hardware on the current methods for composite recycling, investigating the potential for re-using (other applications, sectors, etc.) both sensors and components to provide useful end of life functionality.
Västra Götaland Region
Project participant, design and development of the reader system, WP leader
6 000 000 Euro
IDEKO S COOP, FUNDACION GAIKER, UNIVERSIDAD DEL PAIS VASCO/ EUSKAL HERRIKO UNIBERTSITATEA, RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB, DANOBAT, TAMAG IBERICA SL, THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, TITIANA ENSAYOS PROYECTOS INDUSTRIALES SL, TeijinCarbon Europe GmbH, AEROFORM FRANCE, CAE Simulation & Solutions Maschinenbau Ingenieurdienstleistungen GmbH, UNITED TECHNOLOGIES RESEARCH CENTREIRELAND, LIMITED, Collins Aerospace