Inholland composites has been collaborating with KLM on various projects focused on composite repair in the aviation industry. Through this collaboration the students gain knowledge of current topics related to composites in the aviation sector. Inholland composites serves as the applied research facility for students who want to use their theoretical knowledge on real life problems (aircraft components).
Repairing composites is inherently difficult and requires highly skilled experts. A lot of expertise in this field is present in aerospace but not widely available yet in the Automotive Industry. It is our vision that acceptance of composite technologies in areas such as automotive, infrastructure and civil engineering cannot be achieved without a clear translation and adaptation of the repair methods in aerospace to the requirements of other disciplines and structures.
In 2015 Inholland Composites joined a consortium initiated by the HAN University of Applied Sciences as part of a partially funded RAAK MKB project Complaid. The goal of this project is to investigate repair options for the Dutch car repair shops. This consortium includes participation from the TU Delft, FOCWA and the Universities of Applied Sciences from Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Inholland composites supports the Aeronautical Engineering faculty of Inholland Delft by providing practical lessons on various topics in the field of composites. One such practical that is given to the students of the lightweight structures minor in the fourth year is the repair practical where students get a laminate that is either a monolithic or a sandwich construction. The students then introduce a damage to the laminate in the form of heat or impact, assess the damage, design a repair strategy based on the assessment and carry out the repair themselves. The practical is concluded with tensile tests to determine the winner.