Innovation Tracks

Time to innovate the industry

The aviation market, and all related sectors (materials, maintenance), are of a highly technological nature. Certification is not possible without extensive fundamental research and industrial development.

By combining the best partners in the field of fundamental research (NLR, TU Delft) with industrial research and experimental development of business (Fokker Services, Specto + partners), we have developed a new innovation cluster. The DCMC Foundation was established to shape this central network, research and innovation facility. Our partnership is strongly committed to innovate the sector. We continuously develop innovation projects in the field of inspection of composite material and repair technologies, subdivided into six innovation tracks.

The importance of innovation in the field of composites repair

In the video, Bert Thuis (Technical Director at DCMC) talks about non-destructive inspection and repair, showcasing recent innovations as well as introducing the Development Center for Maintenance of Composites.


To maximize the impact of this hub, co-creation and collaboration is crucial. If you would like to collaborate with DCMC, participate in a project, use results or become a partner, please contact us.


Track 1: Bonded Repair of Primary Composite Structures

Composite repairs are difficult and time-consuming activities. There is no proper mapping what effect the repairs have on  long term material quality. Our goal is to develop a certified composite repair method.


Track 2: Nondestructive Research in Service

Composite material requires a very different method of NDT inspection than other materials used in the aviation sector. Our goal is to develop a reliable, fast and automated NDT scanning method for large surfaces.


Track 3: Improved Rotor Track & Balancing

Before a repaired rotor blade is delivered to the customer, it must be properly balanced. In this track we develop an innovative helicopter rotor blade static testing facility, capable of measuring the properties of rotor blades. 


Track 4: Thick Walled Composite

Current inspection techniques encounter difficulties with detecting damage of thick-walled composite structures. In this project we monitor and detect relevant mechanisms to find failures in large infrastructural composite constructions.


Track 5: Field & Onsite Repair of Composite Structures

The exponential growth in the use of composite materials is leading to problems with regard to the repair of these materials. This project focuses on the automation of composite repairs, long-term quality assurance, shortening repair time and making repairs possible on site.


Track 6: Automated Laser Preparation

Nowadays, the manufacturing of aerospace composite structures is done in a high-tech production environment. But in case of damages to the composite structures, repair can only be done by manual repair processes. The project looks into the automation of the abrasion process. 

OPZuid Project PROJ-00730 – Final event Thursday 28 October 2023 – Presentations

Results OPZuid innovations DCMC 

OPZuid DCMC final event 28 Sep 2023 – Introduction

OPZuid DCMC final event Work Package 4 – results