Transforming the future of flight
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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.
High definition OLED display panels in fuselage interior
Lightweight high definition displays offer a host of design opportunities
Low power printed lighting will usher in a new era of cabin interior design
User-friendly OLED visual aids for pilots
Dissipate weather hazards such as lightning
Dirt repellent coatings provide protection against dust and liquids
Self repairing coatings improve strength and resilience
Corrosion resistant coatings guard against rust and deterioration
Avionics networking, integrating electronics into coatings
Real-time sensing of component strength and temperature
Lighter sensing components save weight and fuel
Reduce wiring by printing electricals directly onto the fuselage
Low cost sensing on or embedded in aircraft surfaces
Biofuels offer the aerospace industry a reduced carbon footprint
Lightweight flexible photovoltaic panels attached to aircraft
Printed electronic tags provide information on aircraft manufacture
Improved metal quenching processes create stronger aircraft
Complex formulated cutting fluids enable higher cutting speeds
Printed NFC sensors for use in flexible forms at airports
RFID tags for tracking baggage
Flexible lighting designs using OLED display panels
Novel architectural flexible displays in airport design
Adaptable printed photovoltaic technology