The project "Next generation composite structures for commercial aircraft" (2012 – 2016) is a research project with 18 Swedish partners (SMEs, institutes, universities and colleges) lead by Saab. The research project is partly financed by the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, VINNOVA.
The project will demonstrate how advanced composite technology, both in materials and production methods, as well as electric actuators can reduce airframe weight of commercial aircrafts. Reduction of weight has a direct positive effect on fuel consumption and it is expected from Airbus and Boeing.
The aim is to strengthen the partners opportunities to participate in major international demonstrator projects like Clean Sky 2 and to make future business.
For Saab a prerequisite for future business is being able to demonstrate their own unique expertise in a number of key areas - aerodynamic and mechanical design of demonstrators, more integrated structural and system solutions for aircraft, electromechanical actuators, lightweight construction, nano-reinforced composites and competitive development and manufacturing.