HELACS at Transfiere 2022

The scientific-industrial-business environment progressively recovers its agenda and participation in international events. This is the case of the Transfiere Forum. HELACS has attended in this edition of 2022, within the stand of Aitiip Technology Center, which has participated as a member of the Spanish Federation of Technology Centers (FEDIT). Transfiere is one of the essential days for the innovation ecosystem, as it brings together the main players in the technical-business environment. Each year, Transfiere revalidates its position as an ideal initiative to establish contacts, create synergies and serve as a perfect showcase to showcase the latest advances in products or services.

The HELACS’s team has been able to exchange impressions with different agents of the innovation and industry ecosystem about the evolution of aviation towards more sustainable ecosystems, as Transfiere has counted in this edition with the participation of more than 600 companies, entities and public administrations. Among them, the Ministry of Science and Innovation, some of its dependent bodies -such as the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the State Research Agency (AEI) and the CDTI-, or the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

All of them have built a synergistic and learning environment, thanks to the multiple thematic panels focused on European funding models for R&D&I, or the new paradigms of entrepreneurship, digital transformation and transfer of scientific knowledge.

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  • For aircrafts that are no longer in service, the owner considers the trade-off between direct resale and disassemble & recycled. Besides that, HELACS project (Holistic processes for the cost-effective and sustainable management of End of Life of Aircraft Composite Structures) is focused on the study of the second one of these options.

  • You can now download the official HELACS project brochure. A project comes to transform the dismantling process of the aircraft of the future. HELACS employs novel robotics to recycle composite materials of large components. The HELACS process is based on the application of high water pressure that will selectively chop the thermoset parts into a dimension suitable for recycling. In addition, the pyrolysis process is used for the carbonization of the thermoset matrix to reuse the carbon fibers that overcome this chemical decomposition.

  • AITIIP Technology Centre leads HELACS, a European project which aims to develop a dual methodology of controlled comprehensive dismantling in order to make possible the classification, recycling and reuse of aircraft parts made of thermoset and thermoplastic composites that have reached their end of life. Annually, the aeronautical industry is depositing more than 40,000 tons of end-of-life composite material waste in landfills. Thanks to the recovery of materials, the technology proposed by HELACS will benefit the change towards an energy efficiency model.

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 101007871
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