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
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.