VZLU´s contribution to JEC INNOVATION AWARDS PROGRAMME 2010

VZLU´s contribution to JEC INNOVATION AWARDS PROGRAMME 2010

JEC Composites is announcing the new winners of the JEC Innovation Awards Programme 2010. This year, 11 companies and their partners will receive awards at the JEC Composites Show (April 13-15, 2010). The programme was created in 1998 with the goal of promoting innovation. Each year, a jury of renowned international experts chooses the best composite innovations and this year, the winners were selected from the following categories: Environment & Recycling, Bio-based Materials, Aeronautics, Building & Construction, Sports and Leisure, Transportation, Wind Energy, Raw Materials, Process and Automation.

In Process category was awarded company S.A.B.C.A. from Belgium for project “Assembly by structural adhesive bonding”, on which cooperate following partner including our company: Biteam AB (Sweden); Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS) (Australia), Dassault Aviation (France), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) (Germany), EADS Deutschland GmbH (Germany), EADS Innovation Works (France), Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Germany), KTH – University of Stockholm (Sweden), Premium AEROTEC GmbH (Germany), Secar Technologie GmbH (Austria), the University of Patras (Greece), Výzkumný a zkušební letecký ústav a.s.(VZLU) (Czech Republic).

Structural bonding is still not a widely accepted alternative to riveting. Therefore, demonstration projects like MOJO, leading to the cost and performance benefits described, will help change minds and gain a wider acceptance, opening the way to “rivetless” CFRP structures. Structural bonding provides around 25% overall cost savings and 50% weight savings, up to 60% assembly cost savings as compared with “black metal” concepts. The project started in 2006 and was completed in 39 months. The launching of the innovation started with the selection of the MOJO project under the 6th European Framework Program. More information about the project MOJO (Modular Joints for Aircraft Composite Structures) you can find HERE