Thermoplastic News 10 September 2020

Dynamic induction welding: a technical challenge for thermoplastic fuselage

The members of the SIDEFFECT project (Airbus Operations, Aviacomp, Cetim, Europe Technologies, Hutchinson, Latécoère, Stelia Aerospace & the University of Nantes) met on Thursday September 10 at the IRT Jules Verne to close the project launched in February 2017. Industrialists and academics involved in this project were able to take stock of the work carried out and analyze the results obtained.

 

 

The project aims to develop and evaluate dynamic induction welding intended for thermoplastic fuselage in a context of low cost and high rate. The final demonstrator incorporates the geometric complexities representative of a fuselage panel.

“The numerical modeling of the process coupled with the understanding of the physical phenomena generated within the polymer material used, the development of a welding cell and the technological and mechanical test campaigns have made it possible to assess and mature on this method of assembling the aircraft of the future. Within a multi-skilled partnership, Latécoère was able to provide its expertise on composite aeronautical structures by specifying technical and economic needs and by ensuring monitoring and technical support for activities.” 
– Vincent Banasiak, R&T Programs Manager Aerostructures, Latécoère

Several partners have already shown an interest in a continuation of this project, which suggests good prospects for the project and the use of thermoplastic composites in the aeronautical sector.

The results obtained within the framework of the SIDEFFECT project allow it to fully participate in the process of strengthening the French thermoplastics industry initiated by the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS).

 

Source and photo credit: IRT Jules Verne