Development of aircraft structures from thermoset composite materials

Main spar of airplane undercarriage

Structrual design and technologies:

  • Engineering design of aircraft parts made of composite materials based on thermoset matrix
  • Linear and nonlinear structural analyses of composite structures including simulations of high velocity impacts (eg. hail impacts, bird impact, etc.)
  • Development of production technology for composite structures
  • Thermomechanical analyses of materials
  • Production of prototypes by out-of-autoclave technologies (OoA)
  • Static and fatigue tests of materials, construction nodes and structures
  • Operational and climatic tests of materials, construction nodes and structures
  • Impact tests (impacts, bird strikes, hail)
  • NDT for composite and sandwich structures


  • CAD software CATIA V5 a Autodesk Inventor
  • MSC Patran/MSC Nastran
  • FEMAP / NX Nastran
  • Simulia Abaqus
  • Prototype workshop
  • Laboratory for thermomechanical analyses
  • Laboratory for operational and climatic tests
  • Static and fatigue testing laboratories
  • Impact testing laboratories

Research projects:

  • COMPOSITE RUDDRER - “Demonstrator of composite rudder of large transport aircraft under CS-25 regulation”, (2009-2013, MIT – TIP1, project No. FR-TI1/290)
  • AUVIS – “AUTOMATED AERIAL INFORMATION SYSTEM” (2010-2014, MIA – Security research, project No. VG20102014052)
  • SONACA - “Fixed leading edge of composite wing of CS100 airplane“, (2009-2013, MIT – TIP1, project No. FR-TI1/291
  • HPH VĚTROŇ -  “All composite two seat glider of new generation, (2009-2013, MPO – TIP1, project No.FR-TI1/326)
  • INKOM – “Integration of composite materials into airframe of small transport aircraft”, (2012-2015, MIT-TIP, project No. FR-TI4/543)
  • CKLT – „Research centre for advanced aircraft structures”, (2012-2019, TAČR – Centre of Competence, project No. TA02000032)
  • AStRA – “Advanced Composite Structure for Perspective Regional Aircraft, (2018-2020,  MYES - Program Inter-Excellence, project No. LTARF18040)
  • DREAM – „Design and Realization of equipped engine compartments including cowling for a fast compound rotorcraft“, (2017-2021, JTI Clean Sky 2, EU,  project No. 737955)
  • LATTE – “Full Fairing for Main Rotor Head of the LifeRCraft demonstrator ”, (2017-2021, JU – Clean Sky 2, project No. 755483 – CS2
  • BOPACS – „Boltless assembling and repair Of Primary Aerospace Composite Structures“, (2012-2016, FP7 EU, project No. 314180)
  • IMAC-PRO – „Industrialization of manufacturing technologies for composite profiles for aerospace applications“, (2008-2012, FP7, project No.212014)

Contact person:

Ing. Bohuslav Cabrnoch, Ph.D., Head of R&D and design engineering, Composite technologies department, VZLU
tel: +420 225 115 480, e-mail: