Dr. David Newport of the Stokes Institute and Dr. Conor McCarthy of the Materials and Surface Science Institute (MSSI), co-hosted the EU Framework 7 MAAXIMUS project's 4th annual review, with over 75 delegates from the aeronautics industry in Europe. The meeting took place over 3 days in May 2012 and industrialists from Airbus, EADS, BMW and Bombardier (to name but a few) were present.
The MAAXIMUS (More Affordable Aircraft through eXtended, Integrated and Mature nUmerical Sizing) project aims at achieving the fast development and right-first time validation of a highly-optimised composite fuselage thanks to a coordinated effort between virtual structure development and composite technology. The Consortium is made up of 57 partners. It gathers the key players in the aircraft industry, research and technology Centres, universities and software providers. The project budget is 67M€ and the project duration is 5 years (2008-2013). It is funded by the European Commission and is led by AIRBUS. The University of Limerick (Stokes and MSSI) is the largest university partner in the project, with a combined total budget of 1.4M€. MSSI is examining the stresses in critical fuselage composite joints while the Stokes Institute is examining optimum positions to place key thermally sensitive equipment in the crown compartment of the fuselage...more.