the National Aerospace University "KhAI"
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Composite materials

Using composite material in aircraft helps to reduce their weight and manufacturing cost as well as improve their aeronautic structure quality and performance. Today, the application of composite materials in passenger and transport airplanes has risen to 25-50% e.g. composite materials make up 25% of the Airbus A380’s airframe by weight. For light aircraft, the amount of composite material used rises to 80% due to their low operating loads and reduced need for complicated structural joining elements.


Over the past decade, KhAI has gained considerable experience in composite materials R&D from close cooperation with worldwide renowned aeronautic enterprises such as Boeing, IAI, ONERA and AVIC. Since its foundation in 1930, KhAI has been involved in long-term cooperation with post-soviet aeronautic design bureaus and industrial enterprises (mainly Russian and Ukrainian). Nowadays, KhAI’s composite materials’ related research and technology is exploited by worldwide renowned aerospace companies such as Antonov, Sukhoy, Tupolev and Yuzhnoye.


Via the KhAI-ERA project, KhAI aims to become more closely integrated with European research organisations in R&D related to composite materials. Specifically, KhAI will focus its research cooperation capacity building activities on two sub-topics concerning composite materials:

  • composite structures design optimisation
  • composite structures manufacturing and repair processes development

Advanced Manufacturing for Aircraft Assembly

The Strategic Research Agenda of the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) identifies several R&D priorities with respect to aircraft production which, in turn, are the basis of the priorities in the FP7 Transport work programme. These include the development of advanced ‘intelligent’ knowledge-based manufacturing and assembly processes and technologies with increased degree of automation; development of techniques for increased flexible tooling; and advanced in-process inspection and quality control. Also, the development of advanced concepts and techniques to reduce waste in manufacturing processes; and techniques and concepts to increase utilisation of environmentally sustainable materials in aeronautical products.


KhAI has extensive R&D experience in advanced manufacturing for aircraft assembly from close cooperation with “Antonov” enterprise, Kyiv State Aircraft Plant and Kharkiv Aircraft Manufacturing Company. Most recently, KhAI has applied its know-how to the development of the Sukhoy Superjet SSJ-100. Also, KhAI has participated in several internationally funded aircraft production R&D projects with Boeing (USA), Evektor (Czech Republic), Flight Design (Germany), “Sukhoy” enterprise (Russia); Ulianovsk aviation production complex (Russia); and Lukhovitsky engineering plant (Russia).


Within the STCU funded collaborative project “Composite Laminates Titanium Riveting Technology Development with Process Parameters Optimization”, KhAI worked with Boeing to increase knowledge in the areas of technological process and tool for pulse riveting of aircraft carbon-filled plastic structures development. In the project with Evektor, KhAI was involved in the detailed study of composite parts machining and riveting, holes burnishing in aluminium structures, tightness bolts installation, torque box tanks press riveting. In the project with “Sukhoy” enterprise, KhAI was involved in corporate standard development for SSJ-100 airframe assembly to increase quality and reduce labour and assembly costs


Via the KhAI-ERA project, KhAI aims to align its research efforts in aircraft production closer to the priorities of ACARE and FP7 Transport. Specifically, KhAI will focus its research cooperation capacity building activities on two sub-topics:

  • advanced manufacturing tools for aircraft assembly
  • advanced manufacturing processes for aircraft assembly

Dependable Embedded Systems

The FP7 Transport work programme emphasises the importance of dependable embedded systems for avionics. It prioritises advanced concepts and techniques to develop robust, affordable, scalable and reconfigurable modular avionics architectures. Similarly, the FP7 ICT work programme emphasises the need to develop dependable, safe and secure embedded systems for personal health systems. Embedded FPGA-based systems (system-on-chip) may be applied on aircrafts and manned space stations for health monitoring of crew.


KhAI has gained considerable international experience in dependable embedded systems R&D from cooperation with the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, City University in London and Abo Academy University in Turku. Most recently, KhAI has applied its dependable embedded systems know-how to i) the development of an aerospace ice-protection system for “Polysvit” Design Bureau, Ukraine’s leading supplier of computer hardware to the aerospace sector, as well as ii) the development of local and distributed ehealth care systems for Kharkiv Urology Centre.


KhAI has also been involved in dependable embedded systems developments in several internationally funded projects such as the TEMPUS funded “MSc and PhD Studies in Aerospace Critical Computing” (MASTAC), TEMPUS funded “National Safeware Engineering Network of Centres of Academia-Industry Handshaking” (SAFEGUARD), and the STCU funded project “Safety-Critical Software Independent Verification and Validation and Latent Faults Assessment Based on Diverse Measurement of Invariants". In the TEMPUS MASTAC project, led by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, KhAI supported international efforts to increase knowledge in the areas of fault-tolerant embedded systems, dependable systems and networks, and critical software quality assessment and expertise. In the STCU project, led by ISTEC (Institute Garshing, Germany), KhAI was involved in investigating and evaluating critical software reliability and safety for embedded systems to overcome the basic problem of decreasing risks of undetected software design faults.


Via the KhAI-ERA project, KhAI aims to align its research efforts in dependable embedded systems closer to the priorities of the FP7 Transport, Space, ICT and Research for SMEs work programmes. Specifically, KhAI will focus its research cooperation capacity building activities on two sub-topics:

  • dependable embedded systems for aerospace applications
  • dependable embedded systems for medical applications

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Project Funding & Support

The KhAI-ERA project is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research & Innovations under the FP7 Capacities Specific Programme on International Cooperation – Grant Agreement no 294311

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