The Amtras Project

AMTRAS addresses the development and manufacturing of adaptive multishape Test Rigs for both structural test of multidimensional and multishape panels, and structural tests on Tail unit. In this regard, AMTRAS will develop a multipoint forming based multishape fixtures, as well as design innovative actuators based on a parallel kinematics 6-DOF manipulator.

At the present, the European industry is a world leader in aviation and assumes a direct and decisive role into the European economic welfare. Aviation industry contribute with close to nine million skilled jobs, 600 billion Euros to Europe’s GDP1, and play a key role in serving society’s needs for safe, secure and sustainable mobility.

In this regard, the ACARE (Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe) has set the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda, based on Flightpath 2050 vision, where have been formulated a clear set of requirements and enablers for whole European air transport and aeronautics community, summarized in five main challenges:


In this context, CleanSky 2 has addressed the development of new aircraft concepts and architectures including new materials and manufacturing. In this respect, Adaptive Multifunctional Test Rigs for Aeronautical Structures (hereinafter, AMTRAS) project will contribute to the CleanSky 2 objectives with the development of innovative multifunctional Test Rigs, with high performance instrumentation and multishape capability ready to test structural behaviour of new materials (test panels) and full-scale demonstrators (tail cone) representative of those architectures. The flexibility and accuracy provided by AMTRAS Test Rigs will contribute to time-to-market minimisation by significantly reducing the time span from concept to validated design.



AMTRAS project aims to decrease preparation and assembly of different multifunctional testing benches based on:

According to this and the topic scope, AMTRAS project will face four main challenges:

Objective 1:

To design and develop flexible mechanical systems for integration on adaptive multifunctional Tests Rigs

Objective 2:

To develop new monitoring systems based on machine vision

Objective 3:

To develop a numerical simulation model based on FEM

Objective 4:

To integrate and validate adaptive multifunctional Tests Rigs