Project Objective

HLFC 4.0 project is structured in two main branches, the HLFC systems and the innovative tool; both aspects are key drivers in the project and so all the investigations regarding state of the art, general concepts innovations etc are important to be analyzed individually for both the HLFC systems and the tool and that is how HLFC 4.0 is presented in this document.

 The main objectives will be the investigation, detailed design and manufacturing of the most integrative piping solution regarding the hybrid laminar flow control systems (HLFC in the following), either active and/or passive (the best solution could include one or both of the systems). In addition the development of an innovative multifunctional tool capable of integrating the HLFC piping solutions to the wing structure using advanced sensors regarding the monitoring of the key parameters during the assembly operations, enabling a real-time manufacturing feedback to the operators with augmented reality methods.


For achieving these ambitious targets, a number of particularly complex knowledge and expertise are needed, related to aeronautic design, additive manufacturing processes,tooling design, manufacturing and verification. To fulfill all these requirements, the proposed consortium is the following:


Project leader, and responsible of the design and manufacturing of the HLFC systems and the integration in the leading edge. With more than 10 years of track-record designing structure and system components for Airbus Defence & Space, with sound experience in developing and producing additive manufacturing solutions for aerospace sector.


Actemium, as a key partner for the production tooling design and manufacture, complements the consortium with its extensive experience in aeronautical tooling maintenance, verification, adjustment and operation as well as its advanced knowledge of Industry 4.0 technologies throughout its more than 300 business units around the world. Actemium also provides the clear expertise and capacity to manage the design, manufacture and commissioning of the tooling necessary for the project.


This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 865217.

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