Towards sustainable aviation faster through success SAM|XL and TU Delft in RDM subsidy scheme

News - 07 December 2021

This week, it was announced that three proposals had been approved for the RDM subsidy scheme, in which fieldlab SAM|XL and TU Delft (Faculty of Aerospace Engineering) are jointly involved. In total, SAM|XL and the faculty will receive 4.9 million Euros. Dr. Kjelt van Rijswijk, Managing Director SAM|XL: “In these joint submissions high-quality engineering and scientific excellence are combined to fast-track the transition to sustainable aviation.”

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RDM ('Mobility Fund')

RDM is a subsidy scheme for manufacturing companies in the automotive, aviation and maritime sectors whose R&D investments in research and development projects are under severe pressure due to the corona crisis. Through public-private partnerships, they can involve universities and field labs in applying for subsidies. Within the aviation cluster of RDM, 3 projects have been awarded. SAM|XL and the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering are jointly involved in all 3 projects. It concerns:

  • Composite Liquid Hydrogen Tanks for Civil Aviation
    Development of liquid hydrogen tanks from composites for civil aviation (company: Toray Advanced Composites). Team Delft focusses on both innovative materials and intelligent manufacturing automation. TU Delft contact: Prof. Rinze Benedictus.  
  • Thermoplastics for Sustainable Aviation 
    Thermoplastics for sustainable aviation (company: Fokker Aerostructures B.V.). Both the product development and manufacturing automation efforts of structural aircraft components will be supported by Delft, in addition to quantifying the sustainability improvements.  TU Delft contact: Prof. Rinze Benedictus.
  • Brightsky – ‘smart MRO’
    Brightsky (Coordinator: JetSupport B.V., leader of both  work packages: KLM Engineering & Maintenance)
    • Package 1: Advanced inspection and repair techniques for aircraft engine components. This also involves cooperation with TNO on automation and digitalisation of the core processes and the development of an advanced human-machine interface by the Faculty of 3mE. TU Delft contact: Dr. Kjelt van Rijswijk. 
    • Package 2: 'Smart Availability', development of digital tools that provide decision support for maintenance and planning, including predictive maintenance. TU Delft contact: Bruno Santos. 

All winning calls

In total 8 projects will receive funding from RDM. More information about the grant programme and an overview of the winning calls can be found on the RVO website.