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Introduction

An upsurge in demand for air travel in the emerging economies, coupled with a global drive to reduce environmental impact and operating costs, means that future aircraft product design and manufacturing efficiency must improve. CPI provides world class open access facilities and expertise across a range of technology platforms, which the aviation sector can draw upon to help it commercialise innovative technologies and processes.

We work collaboratively with public and private sector stakeholders at all stages of the supply chain to facilitate the development, demonstration and commercialisation of novel processes and technologies.

CPI has expertise in printable electronic technologies with the potential to transform passenger in-cabin experience, such as flexible display screens, sensors and printed lighting. Our formulation capabilities can be applied to the development of advanced aircraft coatings with properties such as self repair and de-icing, and our industrial biotechnology facilities are being used by our partners to commercialise the next generation of sustainable biofuels which will dramatically improve the environmental footprint of air travel.

In an industry where safety is paramount, and losing kilograms saves thousands of pounds in fuel costs, CPI has expertise in sensing technology for monitoring aircraft structural integrity, and can advise on the utilisation of next generation smart materials and innovative components that are lighter, stronger, and more economical.

CPI is a founding partner of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, a network of seven technology and innovation centres established and overseen by Innovate UK to act as a catalyst for the future growth and success of UK manufacturing. The aerospace industry is a key sector for the HVM Catapult, which is dedicated to delivering the acceleration of new aero technology concepts to commercial reality and creating a sustainable future for the industry. To find out more visit the HVM Catapult website.

Lighting and Displays

Thin and flexible displays
Thin and flexible displays

High definition OLED display panels in fuselage interior

Lightweight electronics
Lightweight electronics

Lightweight high definition displays offer a host of design opportunities

Printed lighting
Printed lighting

Low power printed lighting will usher in a new era of cabin interior design

Heads-up displays
Heads-up displays

User-friendly OLED visual aids for pilots

Advanced Aerospace Coatings

Lightning strike dissipation
Lightning strike dissipation

Dissipate weather hazards such as lightning

Dirt repellent coatings
Dirt repellent coatings

Dirt repellent coatings provide protection against dust and liquids

Self healing coatings
Self healing coatings

Self repairing coatings improve strength and resilience

Corrosion resistant coatings
Corrosion resistant coatings

Corrosion resistant coatings guard against rust and deterioration

Networking and integration
Networking and integration

Avionics networking, integrating electronics into coatings

Intelligent Sensing

Structural health monitoring
Structural health monitoring

Real-time sensing of component strength and temperature

Lightweight printed sensing
Lightweight printed sensing

Lighter sensing components save weight and fuel

Conformability in design
Conformability in design

Reduce wiring by printing electricals directly onto the fuselage

Low cost sensors
Low cost sensors

Low cost sensing on or embedded in aircraft surfaces

Sustainable Power

Second generation biofuels
Second generation biofuels

Biofuels offer the aerospace industry a reduced carbon footprint

Flexible solar technologies
Flexible solar technologies

Lightweight flexible photovoltaic panels attached to aircraft

Aerospace Manufacturing

Functional tags and labels
Functional tags and labels

Printed electronic tags provide information on aircraft manufacture

Quenching fluids
Quenching fluids

Improved metal quenching processes create stronger aircraft

Cutting fluids
Cutting fluids

Complex formulated cutting fluids enable higher cutting speeds

The Airport

Near field communication (NFC)
Near field communication (NFC)

Printed NFC sensors for use in flexible forms at airports

Radio frequency identification (RFID)
Radio frequency identification (RFID)

RFID tags for tracking baggage

Conformable lighting designs
Conformable lighting designs

Flexible lighting designs using OLED display panels

Flexible display screens
Flexible display screens

Novel architectural flexible displays in airport design

Solar power
Solar power

Adaptable printed photovoltaic technology