The main objective of the QUICOM project is to provide a novel technology platform in the short run to escalate and in the long run to replace conventional aeronautic NDT techniques. This QUICOM technology platform contains novel, non-destructive, fully 3D, highly detailed, fast and economic techniques based on cutting edge X-ray computed tomography methods. Using these novel means of data acquisition in conjunction with data analysis, modelling and simulation, QUICOM will facilitate, implement and establish a new era of CFRP development on all ranges of aeronautic components, namely small high volume parts, composite metallic parts and complex and large parts. To summarize QUICOM targets the design, development, implementation and validation of novel X-ray computed tomography techniques for non-destructive structural and material characterization of aeronautic CFRP components.


Furthermore, QUICOM aims to model CFRP composites and CFRP structures integrating the characterization results. Feedback of the modelling results is provided : i) to design office and manufacturing in order to advance the composite component, as well as ii) to material development so as to advance the basic composite material.


Finally, QUICOM will contribute to the following:

  • Reduction of the development costs of complex and large composite structures by 10%
  • Reduction of the weight of the parts inspected with the QUICOM technology platform to 95%
  • Provision of techniques for increased application of advanced light-weight high-temperature materials especially in terms of precise characterizations propulsion components as turbine blades
  • Levelling up the use of fully integrated, complex composite components in order to replace components made by conventional materials
  • Provision of a multi-scale progressive damage model for CFRP materials to assess the effect of initial defects on the tensile strength and fatigue life of the laminates


Besides these major goals QUICOM will cut the time to market thanks to the reduction of expensive and time consuming mechanical testing. Furthermore, it will stimulate the production efficiency as the characteristics of composites may be analysed in detail. Thus, QUICOM leads to composite components of enhanced quality and reliability.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research,
technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n° 314562.

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