RepAIR – a part of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)
The RepAIR project receives funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n°605779. The following paragraphs are partially cited from European Commission ‘Work Progamme 2013, Cooperation, Theme 7 Transport (incl. Aeronautics)’, 9th July 2013.
The project is part of the ‘Transport’ theme under the ‘Cooperation’ programme in FP7. The main objective of the overall Activity is to improve the cost efficiency in aircraft acquisition costs. Two major aspects are highlighted within this objective: Projects should on the one hand enhance the supply chain able to halve the time-to-market, and they should on the other hand reduce product development and operational costs (including certification), resulting in more affordable transport for the citizen. Therefore, research needs to focus on improvements to the whole business process, from conceptual design to product development, manufacturing and in-service operations, including the integration of the supply chain. Concerning aircraft operational cost, the aim is to ensure cost efficiency in air transport focussing on the reduction of aircraft direct operating costs. The intention is to increase energy efficiency and reduce weight, fuel consumption, maintenance, and crew operational costs as main contributors. More specifically, the European Commission expects impact ensuring technology readiness by 2020:
- To reduce aircraft development costs by 50%.
- To reduce aircraft operating costs by 50% through reduction in fuel consumption, maintenance and other direct operating costs.
- To create a competitive supply chain able to halve time to market.
- To reduce travel charges.
The RepAIR is dedicated especially on methods for the realisation of innovative and zero-maintenance, including repair and overhaul. The project is funded under topic ‘AAT.2013.4-4. Maintenance, repair and disposal (Level 1 – CP-FP – Call: FP7-AAT-2013-RTD-1)’.Implementing the objectives mentioned above, this topic explicitly takes into account the environmental and safety related aspects. The RepAIR partners dedicate themselves to the following subjects under this topic:
- “Cost efficiency – Advanced concepts and techniques for:
- continuous inspection of structures and systems allowing on-time maintenance and eliminating unscheduled maintenance;
- ‘smart’ on-condition maintenance systems, including self-inspection and self-repair capabilities up to ‘maintenance-free’ aircraft; and
- cost-efficient repair and overhaul operations applicable at the gate or at the workshop including time and cost-efficient logistic processes for the supply of parts.
- The relevant certification strategies should be developed in parallel with the research work.
- Greening – Advanced concepts and techniques for:
- elimination of toxic chemicals and materials and reduction of waste in maintenance operations;
- increased re-use of components; and
- increasing the life-time of aeronautical products and for full recyclability at life-end in a safety neutral approach.
- Safety – Advanced concepts and techniques for:
- continuous health and usage monitoring (e.g. non-destructive testing, signal processing techniques); and
- avoidance/mitigation of structural corrosion.”