Modular multilevel cost Analysis Software for COmposiTe smart fuselage

Project description

Polymer composites are now routinely used in numerous aircraft components to reduce weight, fuel consumption and emissions while imparting properties such as corrosion and fatigue resistance. They have also made it possible to produce monolithic fuselage barrels that eliminate joints and bolts. 

The European aerospace industry is now targeting a smart, multifunctional thermoplastic composite-based fuselage barrel. To get it off the ground, the EU-funded MASCOT project is developing a multilevel cost analysis software platform to be linked to an optimisation tool. It will consider costs of raw materials, individual components, and the fuselage overall. In addition, it will assess total manufacturing hours and man- or machine-hours. Finally, the software will also account for structural health monitoring costs as well as maintenance and repair.


The objective of the proposal is to set up a three-level- cost estimation open source software aiming at the determination of the cost of the transport composite fuselage during the design phase. Such a software is modular and easy to extend in order to allow the user to include the cost as a design parameter of a multidisciplinary optimization procedure involving CAD geometrical representation, structural analysis, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) technologies.

Project details:

Project coordinator:

Vincenzo Mallardo - UNIFE

Funding source:

HORIZON 2020 Clean Sky JU


H2020-CS2-CFP09-2018-027 - Clean Sky 2


Roberto Macchiaroli - Unicampania
Lorenzo Cartabia - Plyform
Luca Senepa - Skytechnology

EU contribution:

400.000,00 €

Start date - End date:

01/10/2019 - 30/09/2021