An international consortium associating Canadian, Austrian, and German partners, wants to enhance the passenger experience and comfort in business jets through the bionic design and functions integration of interior aircraft components. 

 

The international collaboration project LiBio “Lightweight Bionic Aircraft Interior” is in line with the Montreal-Hamburg partnership, which brings together Hamburg Aviation, ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research and the Consortium de recherche et d’innovation en aérospatiale au Québec (CRIAQ), Aero Montréal with the aim of building successful collaborative relationships between German and Canadian expertise in collaborative research. 

This ambitious project wants to enhance the passenger experience and comfort in business jets through the bionic design and functions integration of interior aircraft components.  

An international consortium associating Canadian, Austrian, and German partners, was built to cover the entire supply chain and focuses on combining and designing thermoplastic and metallic bi-material elements for the integration of business aircraft cabin entertainment components such as loudspeakers and screens.  

Combining additive manufacturing with topological optimization will lead to the fabrication of a prototype with a unique design and the setup of a sustainable and avant-garde supply chain in bionic additive manufacturing at the service of this industry. 

The alliance is composed of Antemo, AAC, F/List, Inocon TechnologieJoanneum Research, Rembrandtin Lack GmbH Nfg. KG and SinusPro on the Austrian side, Bombardier, CRIAQ, FusiA Groupe, Queens University, Solaxis in Canada and Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM and ZAL Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung GmbH in Germany. 

The funding bodies are: 

  • Bundes Ministeriumfür Wirtschaft und energie (BMWi) in Germany 
  • Österreichische Forschungsförderungs GmbH (FFG) in Austria 
  • Ministère de l’économie et de l’Innovation du Québec (MEI) in Québec  
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in Canada