European Conference
On Multifunctional Structures

Online event, 17 th - 18 th November, 2020

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The main aim of the European Conference on Multifunctional Structures is to share among the scientific and the industrial community the recent advances made on mechanical structures with multiple functions, including their manufacturing. Recent advances in material technology have improved the additional capacities of such structures in various ways such as a way that now, their added functionalities can be as important as their mechanical performance and a way that the production rate of large light-weight integrated structures is increased through earlier integration with systems and other elements.

Multifunctional Structures conference will look into a wide range of large, light-weight integrated structures and structural systems, serving different purposes and with different manufacturing strategies: structures with embedded sensors that give them the capacity to react to an external stimulus, structures with embedded antennas, self-healing and self-monitoring structures, structures with improved fire performance, acoustic performance, or electromagnetical performance, and with different automated manufacturing and joining technologies and so on. The large amount of possibilities offered by multifunctional structures make them very valuable in all engineering fields, being of special relevance to the transport sector, in all its forms: automobiles, ships and yachts, aero-structures, etc.

The conference on Multifunctional Structures will take place online on November 17th and 18th, 2020.

Participants on EMuS will have the opportunity to participate in ACASIAS Industrial Forum. The aim of the Forum is to present innovative multifunctional structures developed in the framework of ACASIAS research project, such as structures with integrated antennas and ASAC system.

This conference is as part of the EU H2020 ACASIAS project. EMuS 2020 is also supported by experts from the STUNNING team in the next generation Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator in Clean Sky 2.


  • New multifunctional structures with improved capacities in aeroacustics, electromagnetism, aerodynamics, fire and thermal performance, etc.

  • Self-healing and self-monitoring structures

  • Multifunctional materials for structural applications

  • Structural biocomposites

  • Special multifunctional structures: panels with integrated radars, radomes, structures with stealth properties, acoustic linings, etc.

  • Applications of multifunctional structures for transportation: automobiles, trains vessels, aircrafts, spacecrafts

  • Automated manufacturing and joining processes for advanced structures with multifunctionality potential

  • Testing of multifunctional structures

  • Simulation and analysis of multifunctional structures

Important dates


  • One page abstract presentation: September 1st 2020

  • Acceptance of the contributions: September 15th 2020

  • Deadline for submitting the full paper (mandatory), presenting author's registration(*) and early bird rates: October 15th 2020

(*) Presenting authors are required to finalize their registration before October 15th, 2020 in order to get the presentation included in the Conference Program.

Industrial Forum Multifunctional Structures

November 18th, 2020

An invitation to industry partners to co-create in making innovation work for industry

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Convened Session

Dedicated sessions are expected from the following projects:

We offer other H2020 projects or CleanSky2 projects to propose Convened Sessions to the Organizing Committee.

The guidelines for the organization of a convened session are available. Please write to

The deadline for the submission convened session proposals is August 1st, 2020. We will send acceptance of proposals by August 15th., 2020.

A convened session should address one of the topics mentioned in Topics, and should contain at least three papers.

All papers must be submitted by October 15th, 2020 and should conform to the same specifications as regular papers.

Papers contributed to Convened Sessions will go through strictly the same peer review process as the one implemented for regular papers.

See Author


    Dr. Johan Kos
    Principal R&D Engineer
    Royal Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR)
    Prof. Xavier Martinez
    Scientist at CIMNE
    Professor at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
    Dr. Harmen Schippers
    Senior Scientist
    Royal Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR)
    Stephan Algermissen, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
    Jens Bachmann, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
    Malte Misol, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
    Fermin Otero, CIMNE, Spain
    Robert Sekora, Airbus Defence and Space, Germany
    Constantinos Soutis, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
    Jan-Joris van Es, Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR, Netherlands
    Bas Veldman, Fokker Aerostructures, Netherlands
    Jaco Verpoorte, Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR, Netherlands


Registration fees

Online Participation

Online Regular Fee

Reduced early bird fee 150€

  • This fee includes the participation to the Industrial Forum.

Reduced early bird fee 100€

  • ACASIAS-MFFD members will have a reduced fee. To apply, please submit to the Conference Secretariat the registration form.
  • MFFD members refers to the participants in the Clean Sky 2 Large Passenger Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator.
  • This fee includes the participation to the Industrial Forum.
Online Student Fee

Reduced early bird fee 50€

  • Student rate attendees must send by fax or e-mail to the Conference Secretariat, a letter from their Department Head/Chair that states that the attendee is a full time student.
  • This fee includes the participation to the Industrial Forum.
Industrial Forum Fee

  • This fee is only applicable to those not attending the congress but wanting to participate to the Industrial Forum.

Only online payments will be accepted

  • Early bird rates applicable if paid until October 15th, 2020. Registration fees are expressed in Euro.

  • ACASIAS-MFFD: members will have a reduced fee. To apply, please submit to the conference secretariat the registration form (downloadable form).

  • Final acceptance is contingent upon payment of the registration fee by the presenting author on October 15th, 2020 at the latest.

  • Student registration: Student rate attendees must send by e-mail to the Conference Secretariat, a letter from their Department Head/Chair that states that the attendee is a full time student.

  • Payment Confirmation Notifications will be sent to your email address, once your payment is processed successfully.

  • Refund Policy: Deadline for cancellation requests is October 1st, 2020 - Cancellation requests must be sent by e-mail to the Conference Secretariat in order to proceed with the refunding. - The percentage amount to be refunded will be of 50% by October 1st, 2020. - No refunds will be applied after the 1st of October 2020.


EMuS2020 – Tentative program

The EMuS2020 conference brings together research scientists and R&D managers of industries with the aim to share knowledge about development of large, lightweight integrated aero-structures with multifunctional capabilities. The benefits of weight reduction and the lowering of recurring costs in aircraft production can only be achieved by an interdisciplinary approach. Scientists and research engineers from the CleanSky2 project Next Generation Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstration and the Horizon2020 project Advanced Concepts for Aero-Structures with Integrated Antennas and Sensors (ACASIAS) will present the last advances in multifunctional structures from their respective projects. These projects aim to reduce fuel consumption of future aircraft by improving aerodynamic performance, by facilitating integration of new and efficient propulsion systems and by reducing weight. By doing so, they will reduce CO2 and NOx emissions from aircraft and will contribute to make aviation more sustainable.

In the following is included a tentative program in which are described some of the sessions already organized for the conference

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Starting at 10 am

SESSION 1: The next generation Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator — leveraging thermoplastics for cleaner skies

Keynote by Ralf Herrmann (Airframe Research & Technology Typical Fuselage, Airbus) followed by contributed papers

By greater integration of structure, systems and interior elements into the aircraft fuselage it becomes viable to reduce the amount of successive steps in the production of aircraft. New thermoplastic joining technologies enable moulded elements to be combined into larger components as part of the multifunctional fuselage demonstrator. Speakers will present the efficient manufacturing of thermoplastic structures and testing the joining technologies.

SESSION 2: Open session on Multi-Functional Structures

Keynote by Thanos Dafnis (RWTH Aachen) followed by contributed papers

SESSION 3: Presenting: a new lining panel with integrated active acoustic control

Keynote by Manfred Nader (Linz Center of Mechatronics) followed by contributed papers

Novel propulsion systems such as Counter Rotating Open Rotor (CROR) engines are a promising concept to reach a resource efficient transport, able to realize up to 25% fuel and CO2 savings. But the CROR engines have a main disadvantage: the radiation of annoying multi-tonal noise leading to high sound pressure levels in the cabin. The noise levels in the cabin can be reduced by the integration of an active noise reduction into a lining panel. Papers will address the efficient manufacturing of the lining panel with integrated wiring, sensors and actuators, the development of the control system as well as the acoustic testing at DLR. The availability of such lining panels will facilitate the installation of CROR enginesin the future but also retro-fitting of existing propeller aircraft.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Starting at 10 am

SESSION 4: New Challenges: Integration of antennas in load-bearing aerostructures

Keynote by Marta Martinez-Vazquez (Senior Antenna Engineer, IMST) followed by contributed papers

The successful design of winglets and fuselage panels with integrated antennas involves many challenges and requires knowledge of multiple disciplines: aerodynamics, structural stress analysis and electromagnetics. In this context integration means that the antennas are flush with the fuselage skin on the outside of the aero structure, while maintaining the structural properties of the load bearing structure. The antennas are developed to resonate at several frequency bands The skins of these structures are made out of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) with integrated Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) “windows” to allow the antenna to radiate. Structural analyses and testing support the design of the transition between the CFRP and GFRP skin. Electromagnetic analyses and Radio Frequency (RF) testing of antenna breadboards are required for the successful design of integrated antennas. Papers will address the structural and RF characteristics of the aerostructures with fully integrated antennas.

SESSION 5: Open session on multifunctional structures

Session with contributed papers

14.30h Industrial Forum

Opening and welcome

Impact of multifunctional structures for industry with participation of Royal NLR, DLR, GKN Fokker, EVEKTOR, INVENT, IMST, TRACKWISE

Panel discussion with industry partner

The main achievements of the ACASIAS project are novel technologies for the efficient manufacturing of fuselage panels and winglets with structurally integrated antennas. Four smart aircraft structures with conformal antennas have been developed. At the Industrial Forum we will present the results and prototypes, the recent advances made on mechanical structures with multiple functions, including their manufacturing, and discuss with the industry how the innovations as presented at EMuS2020 can help to develop their aircraft for a more efficient and sustainable aviation.

Industrial forum networking sessions:

Opportunity for online networking sessions with project members of ACASIAS and STUNNING

Industry companies are invited to participate in one-on-one network sessions to get more information and ask individual questions to the scientific team members.
For more information please contact

Plenary Speakers
Speaker 1

Marta Martínez

Challenges of EM Simulation in Aeronautical Antenna Design

Speaker 2

Manfred Nader

Symbiotic Mechatronics - The evolution of mechatronics in the context of digitalization on the way from components to integrated mechatronic systems

Thanos Dafnis

Thanos Dafnis

Technological Aspects of Multi-Functional Structures for Orbital Space Applications

Call for abstracts

Download instructions & templates

Authors have to comply with the instructions for authors when preparing their:

  • Abstracts: One page describing the main features of the work should be submitted by September 1st, 2020.

  • Full Papers: Minimum 4 pages and maximum 6 pages.

Note: Submitted full papers will be published in the proceedings and their presentation planned in the final program only upon payment of the registration fees by the early or late registrations deadlines. The e-Book of conference proceedings will be submitted for being indexed to SCOPUS database.

About Abstract and Full Paper Submissions

  • One page Abstract describing the main features of the work should be submitted before September 1st, 2020.

  • The full paper (mandatory) will be required by October 15th, 2020.

To make any change in the contribution submitted you have to login as the registered participant, update the paper information and submit the new file.

If you want to check that the submission was successful, refresh the web site and login on again.

To avoid a double registration, please do not create a new record.

Please note that:

  • The corresponding author should be the lecturer.

  • Final acceptance is contingent upon payment of the registration fee by the presenting author during the advance period (before October 15th, 2020).

  • Only online payments will be accepted.

  • Only one presentation per registration is allowed.

You can contact the Conference Secretariat for any question.


All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by at least two independent reviewers of the Scientific Committee. The reviewers will give constructive comments and suggestions to the authors. The authors will receive the review comments and recommendations by email from the Scientific Committee. The authors of accepted papers will have a possibility to make updates of their papers based on the review comments and suggestions.

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