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The Center for Lightweight Production Technology in Augsburg (ZLP-AU) together with Premium Aerotec and Aernnova will deliver the eight metre long upper half shell for the next-generation fuselage demonstrator made of carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastics.
The full-scale multifunctional fuselage demonstrator (MFFD) is one of the major flagship demonstrators within the greater European Clean Sky 2 Large Passenger Aircraft (LPA) project.
“[T]he Large Passenger Aircraft goal is both the high-TRL demonstration of the best technologies and the development of disruptive technologies for '2035+' applications to accomplish the combined key ACARE goals with respect to the environment, fulfilling future market needs and improving the competitiveness of Europe’s aeronautical industries.”
In this context, DLR ZLP is concerned with the development of cutting-edge in-situ advanced fibre placement (AFP) with a novel flashlamp heating system, as well as the maturation of the welding technologies – especially continuous ultrasonic welding and resistance welding – for dust-free final assembly.
DLR is developing the technologies today to enable tomorrow's zero-emission flight.