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3D Honeycomb for curved structure manufacturing

Tue, 08/15/2023 - 14:00
Start Date: 
2018
Programme: 
GSTP
End Date: 
2022
Programme Reference: 
G61A-009MS
Country: 
Luxembourg
Prime Contractor: 
EURO-COMPOSITES S.A.
Status: 
Closed
Objectives: 
The primary objective of this activity is to demonstrate the added technological and manufacturing values using 3D type of honeycomb structure on the manufacturing process of all curved composite structures based on honeycomb core.
 
 
Description: 
3D honeycomb is foreseen to drastically facilitate the manufacturing of all complex curved and bi-dimensional panels, fairing, mast and booms, antenna reflectors and sub-reflectors, telescope mirrors and re-entry vehicles.
 
The following tasks will be performed:
 
  • Review of all space (sub)systems that are using curve structure based on honeycomb including launchers, telecommunication and structure application in general.
  • Development of materials to answer all type of application (i.e. Space grade Aluminium, Fibre reinforced resin).
  • Trade-off and selection of 3 systems/structure that will show an increase in productivity, functionality and reliability when using 3D honeycomb (i.e antenna, fairy, boom) compare to system using classical honeycomb and splicing process.
  • Production of 3D honeycomb (metal and polymer).
  • Planning for detailed design, manufacturing, and testing for full space qualification.
  • Manufacturing and testing for space related performance and model optimisation.
  • Manufacturing of demonstrator/breadboard and full testing and model evaluation.
  • Critical revision of 3D honeycomb based structure and eventual manufacturing process modification.
 
 
 
Application Domain: 
Generic Technologies
Technology Domain: 
20 - Structures
24 - Materials and Manufacturing Processes
Competence Domain: 
2-Structures, Mechanisms, Materials, Thermal
Keywords: 
38-Advanced Manufacturing
Initial TRL: 
TRL 4
Target TRL: 
TRL 6
Achieved TRL: 
TRL 6
Public Document: 
Type: 
Final Presentation
Type: 
Executive Summary