Aerospace & Advanced Composites GmbH (AAC)

The Aerospace & Advanced Composites GmbH (AAC) was founded in 2010 as a spin-out from the ARC/AIT (Austrian Research Centers, then renamed Austrian Institute of Technology) during restructuring.
AAC specifically acts as a service provider in the field of application-oriented research and technology development, combining a broad interdisciplinary catalogue of skills with specialised know-how.

The technology areas in which AAC is active are:

  • Space testing of materials and components
  • Polymer Composites
  • Inorganic Composites
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)
  • Microstructural Analysis
  • Mechanical Testing

AAC is a coordinator of European and national research cooperation projects and networks in aeronautics and space and is in close cooperation with the association of the European aerospace research institutions. AAC has 22 employees comprising an interdisciplinary background in physics, chemistry, materials science, polymer engineering and mechanical and electrical engineering. More than one hundred research projects have been successfully concluded in the past 20 years.

AAC offers a wide spectrum of test facilities for materials development and characterization of high standard, some of them regarded as rare and in specific aspects unique. The AAC team as a department of AIT and as an SME since 2010 has operated the:

  • ESA Testhouse (actual contract no. 4000102252/1O/NL/RA) with more than 130 call-off orders carried out since 1989, many of them dealing with microstructural, mechanical, fatigue and space related characterization of metallic materials.
  • AAR- Austrian Aeronautics Research-Network for Lightweight materials and Engineering: National Research Programme with 9 industrial and 3 academic partners created and coordinated by AAC.
  • AMTT - Aerospace & Space Materials Technology Testhouse (EU FP 5: Access to Research Infrastructures) with 80 projects performed by 50 guest scientists from industry and academia.

Role in the project

AAC has long experience in coordinating National projects, private industrial projects as well as in EU projects.

AAC is an expert partner in advanced materials, mainly assessment of materials towards space environment.

For ICARUS, AAC will involve: (1) experts on materials with respect to space requirements and (2) appropriate testing facilities to be able to determine the ability of materials to be used in space environment.

WP2 - preliminary assessment of proposed materials w.r.t. space requirements. Development of self-lubricated metal matrix composites & their characterization

WP5 - Stress corrosion cracking (SCC testing) with microstructure investigation by means of FIB/SEM, sublimation testing (up to 700 °C), thermal cycling testing of materials (-190/+300 °C) incl. subsequent influence of thermal cycling on change of microstructure, thermal cycling of demonstrators (-190/+300 °C).Assessment of materials towards cold welding for usage in hold down and release mechanisms. On demand: mechanical testing under high vacuum up to 2000 °C incl. influence on microstructure of such harsh environment

WP6 - Contributions and participation to conferences in space business, assessment of materials w.r.t. space applications (PUDF)


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 713514.

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