IVW is focusing on non-destructive characterization, mechanical and functional testing of the TEG enabled laminate and the implementation of structural health monitoring techniques.
HARVEST is an ambitious project, aiming at providing the aerospace sector with a safer, more economic and environmentally friendly structural material. 11 collaborating partners from all over Europe develop multifunctional composite materials capable of energy harvesting, structural health monitoring (SHM) and selfrepairing, covering the entire value chain of fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs) so as to provide novel FRPs capable of harvesting and storing thermoelectric energy. In addition, to pave the way for innovative applications a prototype electronic circuit module so as to power SHM inherent functionalities and provide information on the structural health of the components will be developed. HARVEST demonstrators with TEG capability, autonomous SHM, self-repairing and self-powering capabilities, will result in:
• a substantial decrease of the environmental impact of aircrafts,
• an enhancement of the safety in the transport sector
• and an increase of competitiveness, sustainability and growth for the European aerospace & nanomaterials sectors.
The novel composite material combines bio-inspired hierarchical Thermoelectric Energy Generating (TEG)carbon fiber (CF) reinforcements with a self-repairable thermoset matrix systems (3R technology). The “hierarchical” reinforcement will be made of micron-scale CF coated with nano-scaled particles.