Advanced composites play a crucial role in efforts to achieve a carbon-neutral future as enablers of resistant, lightweight and therefore energy-efficient structures, for example, in the aerospace and wind turbine sectors. The increasing use of large composite structures also raises the question of their damage tolerance and durability, which is currently generally assessed using imprecise and time-consuming techniques. Structures at these scales experience extreme loads and stresses, especially when optimised to use as little material as possible. Accurate and reliable fatigue assessment is therefore necessary to ensure the long-term integrity of the light-weight structures we need for a climate-neutral and sustainable future. Hence the objective of D-STANDART is to develop fast and efficient methods to model the durability of large-scale composite structures with arbitrary lay-ups under realistic conditions (loads, environment).
D-STANDART is a Research and Innovation Action (RIA) funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Programme (grant agreement number 101091409) with a total budget of 5.6 million Euros. It is coordinated by NRL (Netherlands) and involves nine academia and industry partners from four countries. The Advisory Board consists of six end-users and will be instrumental in validating requirements and guiding the project’s approach to certification.
L-up is proud to be part of the D-STANDART partnership, supporting project management and leading communication and dissemination activities.