Sustainability is one of the major development trends in aviation, from CO2-neutral fuels to new manufacturing processes and resource-saving use of materials. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWi) has now approved the TIRIKA funding project under Bremen's leadership in the VI 2 aeronautics research program, which focuses on sustainable technologies.
TIRIKA stands for "Technologies and Repair Processes for Sustainable Aviation in a Circular Economy". It includes research projects on a whole range of aviation innovations: Life Cycle Assessments, recycling of metals and plastics, circular economy, cost- and weight-optimized 3D printed components, substitution of hazardous materials, sustainable repair processes and use of digitized processes.
The funding program is designed for three years and complements ECOMAT's existing expertise in hydrogen technologies, adding another pillar in the area of sustainable materials and processes.
Numerous ECOMAT members will be able to leverage their competencies in the process. The project consortium includes Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, the Leibniz Institute for Materials-oriented Technologies - IWT, the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research IFAM, the Fiber Institute FIBRE, and the German Aerospace Center Bremen.
ECOMAT is supported by other partners such as the 3D printing company Materialise, Liebherr, EOS or Novelis.