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ComBoNDT @ the September 2017 issue of the EASN Newsletter

ComBoNDT is currently in its third year of activities and several important milestones have been achieved so far. In regards to sample preparation, all the samples were investigated via conventional NDT inspection using two different probes and two different settings respectively. Also, all the mechanical testing, namely mode-I, mode-II and centrifuge tests were completed and the experimental results reveal the negative effect of each contamination scenario in the fracture toughness and adhesive strength of the composite bonds.

ComBoNDT @ the 11th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (IWSHM)

The ComBoNDT project participated in the 11th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (IWSHM) which took place from 12th to 14th of September 2017 at Stanford, California, USA making a presentation entitled "Study of adhesive bonds by mechanical tests, ultrasounds and electro-mechanical impedance method". The presentation deals with adhesive bonding of CFRP plates. Adhesive bonding of composites is considered as good alternative to riveting, provided that good tools are available to assess the bond quality after manufacturing and during the lifetime of structures.

M30 project progress meeting

The ComBoNDT M30 Progress Meeting will take place at the premises of the Institute of Aviation in Warsaw, Poland on the 29th of September 2017 within the frame of the 7th EASN International Conference on “Innovation in European Aeronautics Research”. During the 1-day meeting the consortium partners will have the chance to get prepared for the demonstration days of the project.

ComBoNDT @ the Paris International Airshow (Le Bourget Paris)

The ComBoNDT project is glad to announce its participation in the 52nd International Paris Air Show which will take place from 19 to 25 June 2017 at the Exhibition Center of Le Bourget, a few kilometers North of Paris, France.

M24 project progress meeting was successfully conducted!

The ComBoNDT M24 Progress Meeting took place at the premises of the Institute of Fluid–Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdansk, Poland. During the 3-day meeting, lasting from May 9th to May 11th, the consortium partners had the chance to thoroughly discuss the latest developments of the project's activities, as these are divided among the various Work Packages.

M24 project progress meeting

The ComBoNDT M24 Progress Meeting will take place at the premises of the Institute of Fluid–Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdansk, Poland. During the 3-day meeting, lasting from May 9th to May 11th, the consortium partners will have the chance to thoroughly discuss the latest developments of the project's activities, as these are divided among the various Work Packages.

Completion of 1rst project half

The ComBoNDT project has recently completed its first half, of its entire 36-month duration. Throughout this period, the project partners have managed to achieve some significant breakthroughts in the challenging topic of quality assurance for adhesive bonding of load-critical CFRP primary aircraft structures, and towards allow overcoming current limitations regarding certification of composites. For many of the contaminants studied, there was limited or no reference in the literature for mechanical characterization. A fully experimental characterization and explanation is now provided for various commonly encountered defects in aeronautics contaminations and the effects they have on the integrity of the bondline of adhesive composite joints, thus moving a step forward to understanding and expanding the use of adhesive bonds in aerostructures. If the techniques under development are proven to be effective, this could lead to significant reduction of time and costs related to unscheduled repairing of undetected weak bonds. Moreover, the downtime of the aircraft will be reduced, resulting in overall costs reduction. You can find an overall summary of ComBoNDT's achievements during its 1rst half (M1-M18) here.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 636494.

This project is endorsed by the European Aeronautics Science Network - EASN.

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