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University Leads €5 Million Consortium for Aircraft Safety and Fuel Efficiency

The University of Bath is leading a newly funded €5 million European Commission project, entitled EXTREME, to meet the challenges of environmental performance and improved safety for the aeronautical industry.

The University hosted the kick off meeting for the consortium, which brings together 14 partners from across Europe who are leading in their fields.

The project, funded by the EC’s Horizon 2020 programme over the next four years, will be led by Professor Michele Meo, Chair of the Smart Materials and Structures Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

To overcome the environmental challenges and cost implications for the aeronautical industry, the project will address essential developments in novel material characterisation methods and in-situ measurement techniques, material models and simulation methods.

This will support the design and manufacture of aerospace composite structures facing EXTREME dynamic loadings, leading to a significant reduction of weight, design and certification cost.

Composite materials technology is of fundamental importance to current and future aircraft structures to improve weight, fuel efficiency, reduce CO₂ emissions, and certification costs.

The vulnerability of composite structures to dynamic, sudden and unexpected loads may result in unpredictable, complex, localised damage and a loss of post-impact residual strength.

The European partners invovled on the extreme project involve some of the world leading aerospace industry players such as Agusta Westland, Dynamore (LS-Dyna3D), Dynawave, Israeli Aerospace Industries, MSC software, Rolls Royce and Technobis Fibre Technologies.

Professor Meo will lead a team of 30 researchers and says: “By getting the design right under extreme loading conditions will allow aircraft industries to reduce the number of prototypes, improve safety and possibly reduce manufacturing and operation costs.

"This will also lead to really fine tune new lighter energy efficient designs that increase environmental sustainability. Coordinating such a large project demonstrates our leadership in the field of advanced damage characterization and failure modelling at European level”.

EXTREME began in September 2015 and will end in August 2019.

Academic partners of the project are Brunel University London, TU Delft, TU Dresden, University of Gent, University of Patras, and Italy’s national research council, CNR Italy.

Further information 

For further information on research project collaborations please contact:

Dr Caroline Ang
Research Development Manager
Email: C.W.Ang@bath.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3184

For further information on the project please contact:

Dr Yankı Keleş
Research Project Manager
Email: Y.Keles@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3844

MMeo team


Professor Michele Meo, who is leading the EU H2020 funded EXTREME Project, centre, with his team at the University.