TRIPLE USE focuses on co-development between civil aeronautics, military aeronautics and other industrial applications.
Swedish aeronautics research has long focused on dual use, which means research and demonstration focused on meeting the needs of both civil and military aircraft development. If companies and academia will be better able to spread research results to other industries we can talk about triple use, which strengthens the Swedish industry at all levels. Examples of Triple Use was outlined already in the agenda NRA Flyg 2010. A pilot Triple Use project has been performed over the past years – more below.
The research arenas that are established within the framework of INNOVAIR means great opportunities for increased collaboration between technology areas and with other strategic innovation programs. Companies from different industries are developing, together with universities and institutes, a technology platform that can be used to develop products and services for their respective industries.
The gain is that common technologies can be developed at a lower cost than if they would be developed without collaboration. This creates a synergy within Swedish research, which will increase the competitiveness for participation in the thematic areas within European research programs.
Pilot project: “Fast and cost-effective production of High Performance Composites” (Triple Use)
The aim of the project is to conduct research on rapid and cost effective manufacturing of high performance composite components. The need for new technology in this field is increasing, driven by the ambition to decrease the environmental impact from the transport sector through lightweight design. The speed of development is however high and the competitiveness of the industry is largely governed by the cost effectiveness of the manufacturing methods.
In the project the automotive industry’s knowledge on automation and produceability will be combined with the aeronautical industry’s experience from design and manufacturing of composite components. The work in this project aims to raise the technology readiness levels for vital manufacturing processes as well as identify and demonstrate concepts for rational manufacturing of car components.
The project is divided into three phases, Phase 1, Phase 2 and Demo-phase.
The project, now in Phase 3 (2013-2015), has been performed cross-industry with Volvo Cars, Saab, GKN Aerospace, KTH, Swerea SICOMP and Compraser as project partners. Phase 3 is a continuation project that enables a decisive demonstration step towards commercial application of the developments made during the first two phases.
This project is linked to another Strategic Innovation Programme LIGHTer www.lighterarena.se