HIERARCHICAL MULTIFUNCTIONAL COMPOSITES WITH THERMOELECTRICALLY POWERD AUTONOMOUS STRUCTURAL HEALTH MONITORING FOR THE AVIATOR INDUSTRY.
HARVEST is a 36 month project within the H2020 Call MG-1.4-2017, aiming at developing multifunctional ThermoElectric Energy Generating(TEG)-enabled structural composite materials for the Aeronautics sector.
HARVEST aims to develop Aerostructures that will: i) increase aircraft safety and operational efficiency ii) reduce environmental impact. In order to do this, HARVEST will use unique technologies combining bio-inspired “hierarchical” ThermoElectric Energy Generating (TEG) carbon fiber (CF) reinforcements with novel thermoset matrix systems (3R Repair-Recycle-Reprocess technology). The aim of this combination is to evolve towards advanced TEG-enabled carbon fiber reinforced composites (CFRPs) for the Aeronautics sector. The hierarchical CF reinforcements will consist of fabrics of micron-scale CFs coated with efficient thermoelectric nanoparticles in a roll-to-roll coting process and impregnated in epoxy resins. This will consist in a “one run” process for prepregs (a composite with the described characteristics) manufacturing. For the first time, multifunctional TEG-enabled structural CFRPs will be developed that can store the TEG energy, acquire, and wirelessly transmit Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) signals for the composite real time in-service condition.
Coordinated by the Composite and Smart Materials (CSM) Lab of the University of Ioannina, HARVEST project gathers 11 partners from six European countries: Industries, SMEs and Universities with deep knowledge and experience in the fields of nanomaterials and inks (CSM Lab-Greece, NANOCYL-Belgium), TEG-enabled textile reinforcements and composites (CSM Lab-Greece, IVW-Germany), multiscale modelling (University of Padova-Italy), smart thermoset matrices (3R technology) with self-repairing functionality (CIDETEC-Spain), structural component developers & manufacturers (AIRTIFICIAL, B&T-Greece, TELETEL-Greece), Aeronautics end-user industry (SONACA-Belgium).
Project reference: 769140
Call for proposals: H2020-MG-2017-Two-Stages
Duration: 01/09/2019 to 31/08/2021
Funding scheme: RIA
Total cost: 3.999.921€
EU contribution:: 3.888.821
Coordinator: Panepistimo Ioanninon