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A concurrent approach to manufacturing induced part distortion in aerospace components

Objective

COMPACT is to look at manufacturing induced part distortion of aerospace alloy components. It is estimated that tens of millions of Euros are spent every year in an attempt to either avoid or remedy distortion in components. Consequently this is an expens ive problem for the aerospace sector that offers a significant business and intellectual challenge. Part distortion is a function of residual stress and is caused by the complex relationships between material processing, component design and manufacture. The work programme has been developed around these three fundamental streams of research and consequently adopts a truly concurrent approach.Two further research streams will enable the weight of research findings to be effectively applied to problem so lving. These are finite element modelling and knowledge integration. Research will be used to gain a greater degree of understanding across engineering disciplines and create a knowledge base using a process-orientated approach. Finite element modelling will be used to develop three-dimensional functionality that will enable multidisciplinary simulations to be undertaken. The knowledge integration work will use this technology in order to assist or guide cross-functional engineering teams in the decision making process.The work will eventually enable costs savings to be made in manufacturing through the minimisation of 'scrap', rework, concessions and the expensive re-processing of aluminium. Through looking at design in the light of residual stress it is expected that the design work will enable engineers to optimise geometrical shapes and produce lighter components and hence aircraft. This will lead to further savings in manufacturing and the running cost of aircraft. COMPACT offers many opportunities for value and novelty to the European research Area; truly concurrent research in the supply chain or extended enterprise.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-AERO-1
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Funding Scheme

NoE - Network of Excellence

Coordinator

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LTD
Address
New Filton House, Golf Course Lane
Bristol
United Kingdom

Participants (11)

ALCAN CENTRE DE RECHERCHES DE VOREPPE
France
Address
725 Rue Aristide Bergès
Voreppe
UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
Ireland
Address
Plassey Park
Limerick
THE UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol
ENABLING PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES LTD
United Kingdom
Address
The Cedars, 4 Park Farm Close
Rugby
UNIVERSITY OF HANNOVER
Germany
Address
Schoenebecker Allee 2
Garbsen
EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-straße
Munich
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS
Greece
Address
Panepistimioupolis - Rion
Patras
ALENIA AERONAUTICA S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Viale Dell'aeronautica Snc
Pomigliano D'arco (Na)
ULTRA RS
France
Address
Technopole De L'aube En Champagne'
Troyes
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE GRENOBLE
France
Address
46 Avenue Félix Viallet
Grenoble
UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Firth Court, Western Bank
Sheffield