The Project

The Mission

Modern aeronautical structures are increasingly made of composite materials due to their well-known benefits. Composite materials have however a wide range of possible failure modes, implying lengthy and expensive structural inspection processes for modern aircrafts. Ultrasonic guided wave technologies are nowadays confined in baseline subtraction approaches, where structural damage can be detected but not identified. This is due to lack of efficient techniques for predicting wave interaction with damage in composite structures.

SAFE-FLY brings together a team of enthusiastic researchers that will eventually propose the blue print for a novel, reliable and lightweight SHM integrated system, addressing key challenges and wishes identified and expressed by leading European aerospace industrialists. The main aim of the project is to bring together Universities, industries and research centers from all across the world to train a new generation of researchers, scientists and engineers by imparting them with a wide variety of technical and transferable skills.

Key aims and objectives

In SAFE-FLY beneficiaries and partners join forces to coordinate the most cutting-edge research and training in the field of modelling and identifying damage in multilayer composite aerospace structures. At the core of the SAFE-FLY EID there exist three scientific and technological challenges

  • The development of multiscale damage modelling tools for nonlinear, damaged composite structures.
  • The development of accurate and reliable tools for modelling the interaction of GWs with damage in composites.
  • Development of a dedicated optimal experimental configuration able to incorporate and validate the produced numerical tools.