Aciturri maintains a strong commitment to the encouragement and the development of new technology and promotes continual research and development, with the purpose of maintaining a culture of Technological Investigation which will increase its competitiveness to a national and international level.
The company has participated, since 2002, in a number of European R&D projects. Aciturri has taken part in reference projects such as the V, VI, and VII European Framework Programme, like AWIATOR, SILENCER, RC2, LAYSA or HP-SMART EMA, the last in the Clean Sky frame.
Aciturri is still strongly active at a national level, both individually and in partnership with clients, suppliers and competitors. Currently the main research activity focuses on composite material. In which Aciturri is involved in CENIT projects like ICARO alongside Airbus or SINTONIA with Boeing. The innovation of the team has led to the search of applying their skills and knowledge to projects outside the aeronautical sector, which in number cases has resulted in the award of new patents.
Aciturri participates in R&D projects which are co-financed by national organisations and ERDF
Aciturri Engineering has a contribution in the H2020 project called “COMMUNION”.
ComMUnion concept aims to be a universal solution for advance joining process for the manufacturing of hybrid 3D metal/thermoplastic composite components. Therefore, independently from the specific interest of ACIENG as end users members of the consortium, this task aims at determining the requirements of the system in order to respond to this multi-stage flexibility.
RTM Leading Edge Challenge
During the period 2016-2017, Aciturri Engineering has been leading the project “Development of leading edges in RTM for the A320 aeronautics program. BBAA-RTM”, which it is executing together with Aciturri Composites and the technology center CIDAUT, in an R&D program that forms part of the "COLLABORATION CHALLENGES" funding program. The challenge of the project is to be able to manufacture a new leading edge concept using the RTM technique for the A320 program.
SLS Aero Project
The general goal of the project is to undertake the necessary research for the definitive and industrial application of additive manufacturing (AM) technology in the aeronautics industry, allowing the mass production of flight parts and tooling, which is to say, to increase the TRL of metallic additive manufacturing technology in the aeronautics market.
The following specific technical objectives have been proposed to achieve this:
- Determine the current capacity of AM technology using laser sintering to address the high-level requirements of the aeronautics industry.
- Increase knowledge of the influence of the principal variables of the laser sintering process on the final quality of parts (structural performance, metrology, etc.).
- Determine the possibility of maintaining the capacity for homogenization, repetition, and reuse of the material from AM technology, while still responding to the industry's requirements.
- Determine the current capacity of AM technology using post-processing to address the high-level requirements of the aeronautics industry.
- Increase knowledge of the influence of the principal variables of the post-processing processes on the final quality of parts.
- Validate findings by manufacturing tests of prototypes on a laboratory scale to demonstrate the capabilities and real needs of the complete technology (laser sintering + post-processing).
- Determine the most suitable process conditions that will make it possible to certify additive manufacturing processes for obtaining aeronautical components in the future.
Aciturri Engineering is participating as a partner in the “ESTENEA” project, “ESTUDIO DE TECNOLOGÍAS DE BAJO COSTE Y ALTAS CADENCIAS EN COMPOSITES (STUDY OF LOW-COST, HIGH-CADENCE TECHNOLOGIES IN COMPOSITES)”, financed by the CDTI and cofinanced by FEDER. The goal of the project, which is led by Airbus, is to search for and develop materials and processes that make it possible to undertake the manufacture of aeronautical structures at lower cost, adjusting to the increased production rate required by the market. The project began in 2014 and will continue through the end of 2017.
Aciturri, along with different technology centers such as AIMEN, CIDAUT, 3T TECHNOLOGIES, CTME, and FIDAMC, is taking part in the search for materials for processes that use injected resin, and participating in the development of processes such as: additive manufacturing applied to tooling, use of lasers as an alternative to manual sanding, and optimization of simulation testing.
R & D Project aeronautical sector led by Boeing Research & Technology Europe SL that aims to study and develop new technologies aimed at minimizing the environmental impact and increasing the efficiency of unmanned aircrafts (UAVs), by improving their cycle life.
This is a collaborative project developed by a national consortium funded and financiered by CDTI through the CENIT program 2009.
ACITURRI COMPOSITES participates in various project activities ranging from research on new recyclables materials and their processing out of autoclave, using in addition, advanced preparation techniques, to the development of more efficient design tools. For this porpoise, ACITURRI works in collaboration with a network of four other Spanish technology centres closely linked to the aerospace and industrial sector: TECNALIA (Guipúzcoa), IMDEA (Madrid), AIMEN (Pontevedra) and CARTIF (Valladolid).
The aeronautical sector CENIT Project financed by CDTI through the CENIT 2010 program and led by Airbus Operations SL. The project aims to investigate and develop new intelligent technologies and environmentally sustainable smart generation in composite structures. In this action plan ACITURRI COMPOSITES focuses its research on liquid injection processes and in the automation of preformed operations as an alternative to obtain the composite materials carbon fibre, with automated laminate and curing in autoclave.
As part of this project ACITURRI is working with the CIDAUT foundation (Valladolid), a national technology centre with experience in these technologies and their application for the aeronautical sector.
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