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Graphic element New testing methods and techniques for the prediction of corrosion in aluminium structures
     
 
A new monitoring system which can be installed in aircraft predicts corrosion in aluminium structures, allowing intelligent selection of materials and improved aircraft design.
 

In the highly competitive world of commercial aircraft construction, any improvement in cost-effectiveness which does not sacrifice safety can provide a critical advantage over the competition. Maintenance schedules are a case in point. Up to now, methods for predicting structural corrosion have been largely inaccurate and unreliable, forcing unnecessarily frequent and costly maintenance checks.

This project resulted in new testing methods and techniques for the prediction of corrosion in aluminium structures. Project partner and SME Capsis developed a monitoring system which can be installed in aircraft and which will allow more intelligent selection of construction materials and the design of improved and more robust aircraft.

The project featured further collaboration between leading aerospace players in Europe, including British Aerospace and France's Aerospatiale. The first aircraft to benefit from the results will be the A3XX large airbus, but the system will also have applications in the motor vehicles and shipbuilding sectors.

Cordis RCN: 938
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