The ECEFA project will develop an advanced aluminium product for civil aircraft fuselage skin applications

With a starting point of 10% density reduction compared to current solutions, the project’s aim is to offer weight savings through re-design.

It will also study physical and mechanical performances allowing for reduced fuselage wall thickness, durability of the aerostructure and use of eco-friendly surface treatments. The project will be conducted at Constellium’s Research Centre in Voreppe, France

The project has been launched by The European Programme Clean Sky after a Call for Proposal of the Eco-Design for Airframe Integrated Technology Demonstrator (ITD) coordinated by Dassault Aviation.

The target of Clean Sky, through its €1.6bn ($2.2bn) public-private research, is to provide solutions which minimise the impact of aviation on the environment.