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Research & Technology

The world keeps evolving, and so are we

The mobility of the future will be founded on new technologies and the materials of tomorrow. We are working towards this goal in close cooperation with our customers and experts around the globe. New solutions require new approaches, and a reliable partner is vital in such endeavors.

For us, our achievements are simply the springboard for new ideas. We think beyond existing horizons, from R&D and the use of new materials to more cost-efficient manufacturing technologies. Always open to groundbreaking approaches and exploring new avenues in the field of aviation, we at FACC are always one step ahead. The innovations we create today become the standards of tomorrow. 

 

R&T as a core competency

FACC's research and development team has more than 500 employees. Our company has a research rate of approximately 10% and holds more than 300 patents. Additionally, our company maintains a strong research network including universities and specialized institutions as well as customers. FACC is a global market leader providing powerful solutions, especially when it comes to specific, application-oriented projects.

Approaches and solutions

Offering our customers solutions that are lighter, more efficient, more profitable, more eco-friendly and more comfortable is our aspiration. Accordingly, FACC's efforts in this respect are very broad-based, ranging from the development of new materials and manufacturing processes, the development of prototypes and simulations to production optimization.

Shaping the future

What seemed impossible yesterday has become a reality today. The world's airways are currently experiencing a revolution in mobility. For FACC, these radical trends mean being open, putting out feelers and thinking ahead to maintain our edge. Our company is thinking in terms of the short-term, mid-term and long-term future to achieve those goals.

Near future – day-to-day operations

The continued optimization of conventional aircraft will retain its priority. FACC is currently focusing on making aircraft lighter, quieter, more efficient, more eco-friendly and comfortable as well as on ensuring that their production becomes more economical, with new materials, technologies and product solutions being developed and prepared for serial production. Our main emphasis is on bionic structures derived from nature, life cycle monitoring using self-monitoring primary structures as well as integrated designs to reduce the complex diversity of currently used components.

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Mid-term future - e-mobility individualization

The medium-term future will be characterized by individualized aviation and e mobility. Novel concepts such as pilotless air taxis or autonomous aerial vehicles will allow using an aircraft instead of a car for traveling from city to city. FACC is discussing potential cooperation ventures regarding this forward-looking technology even now, with both global industry leaders and young startups.

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Long-term future - new realms of mobility

Morphing surfaces and an intensified investigation into bionics may offer promising new solutions. Scientists are working on fuselage structures modeled on lightweight bird bones or on 'shark skin' aircraft even as we speak. Supersonic aircraft reaching top speeds of more than 8,000 km/h, for example, are being envisaged right now. Furthermore, inner and outer space may merge, making voyages to the Moon or to Mars a reality. Whatever the future of aviation may bring in the decades to come, FACC will actively contribute to shaping the future, which is ultimately our primary goal as a company.

Main research subjects:

Collaborative robotics, factories of the future

Promotion Agency: EU - FP7, Homepage: www.valeri-project.eu

VALERI

Inspection Sensor and Evaluation Criteria for Assessing the Inner Surface Quality of Holes in CFRP Parts

Promotion Agency: EU, Project Partner: Profactor

HScan

Structural Strength Control of Lightweight Constructions (upcoming)

Promotion Agency: Christian Doppler Gesellschaft

CD-Laboratory SSC

High efficient composite processing

Promotion Agency: Christian Doppler Society

CD-Laboratory HECP

Braiding technology: generating design allowables; composite repair strategies

Promotion Agency: COMET-Programme

PCCL-K1

Movable, electrically operated overhead stowage compartment

Promotion Agency: FFG - Take Off

MovBin

Development of an annulus filler in RTM-technology (outbound)

Promotion Agency: EU - FP7 - Clean Sky

ORCA

Development of cost-efficient sandwich components using polymer lattice structures

Promotion Agency: FFG - Take-Off

IKARUS

Additive production of titanium fittings in the engine sector

Promotion Agency: FFG - Take-Off

3DAeroTip

In-situ consolidation of thermoplastic tapes using AFP

Promotion Agency: EU-Projekt

INSCAPE

Development of bio-based matrix systems based on sugar cane waste

Promotion Agency: Internal

BIO-PREG

Development of thermoplastic fiber composite structures coupled with I4.0 approaches

Promotion Agency: FFG

LIT-FACTORY

Development of simulation models for the virtual simulation of the acoustic behaviour of lightweight structures.

Promotion Agency: FFG

Virtual ADAM

Endowed Chair Industry 4.0 at the TU Vienna

HCCPPAS / I4.0

Development of a barrier-free aircraft toilet

Promotion Agency: FFG

LAV4ALL

Development of bionic control surfaces using automated production processes

Promotion Agency: Internal

Bionic Spoiler 2.0

Development of thermoplastic knitted fabrics for cabin interiors applications

Promotion Agency: FFG

Rekad

Stay tuned!

Stealth Mode Project