The Technological Institute of Aragon ITAINNOVA, coordinator of the GENEX project, has hosted today in Zaragoza the launch meeting of this project, corresponding to the Horizon Europe program. GENEX aims to develop a novel methodology driven by digital twins based on enhanced models, integrating interdisciplinary knowledge of the aircraft life cycle from manufacturing to in-service operation, including repair processes, to support optimization and eco-efficiency.
It will also address the manufacture of composite aircraft parts, as well as maximize availability and increase the operational life of aircraft with more accurate data from wireless sensor networks along with optimized communication platforms and improve composite repair processes to ensure safety and airworthiness.
This project is going to develop new manufacturing methods, combining advanced impregnation and automated processes, with numerical simulation, innovative on-line monitoring systems to control manufacturing and repair processes, innovative model-based machine learning algorithms for damage detection and location combined with High Performance Computing (HPC) based multi-physics simulation tools for fatigue life prediction, and advanced digital methods and tools to support, improve and control the composite repair process.
It will be developed using a cognitive approach for implementation on a common IIoT platform to ensure interoperability and usability. Therefore, a new multidisciplinary digital twin multidisciplinary framework will be proposed and implemented that is based on a modular and interoperable system architecture on neutral and common standards to integrate the developed models and acquired data, providing a bi-directional data flow and enabling the implementation of a holistic system and comprehensive data management Methodology that ensure the proper creation of capture, sharing and reuse knowledge throughout the entire aircraft life cycle.
This European project, which is now starting and will conclude in 2026, includes companies from Sweden, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Belgium. From Spain, in addition to ITAINNOVA, as coordinator, are partners: CIDETEC (San Sebastian) AIMEN (Vigo), AERNNOVA (Madrid) and Capgemini (Seville).
GENEX is framed in the Horizon Europe program of the call CL5-2021-D5-01.