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LOw COst Manufacturing and Assembly of Composite and Hybrid Structures

LOw COst Manufacturing and Assembly of Composite and Hybrid Structures

Objective

The continued use of composite materials in the aerospace industry has been addressed in several past research projects which have focused on new design solutions and composite manufacturing processes. However an area which has been given much less attention up until now is how to achieve a time and cost effective lean assembly production system. The current airframe assembly process of composites, metals and hybrid structures is affected by an important number of non-added value operations, which strongly cause disruptions and prevents fast ramp-up and high production rates.
LOCOMACHS will focus on significantly reducing or totally eliminating the most time-consuming and hence expensive non-added value operations, e.g. temporary assembly to check gaps, shimming, dismantling and tool handling. The project will improve the design conditions which today strongly dictate the way part manufacture and assembly is performed. Important step changes will be made by dramatically improving the use of tolerance and geometrical variation management.
The project will integrate existing technologies with missing breakthrough technologies developed and matured within LOCOMACHS. To support the industrialisation of future assembly production lines, key innovations such as intelligent drilling, high speed non-contact hole inspection, compact automation and active flexible tooling will be demonstrated.
The design and assembly process improvements and breakthrough technologies will be validated on two physical partial wing box demonstrators, a virtual fuselage section demonstrator and additionally a virtual demonstrator showing a complete wing structure in the context of the next generation lean production flow.
This Level 2 proposal is being submitted in the 5th Call FP7-AAT-2012-RTD-1 against the activity area AAT.2012.4.4-1 “Integrated approach and demonstration to lean manufacturing of metal, composite and hybrid aircraft / engine structures” by a Consortium led by Saab AB.

Coordinator

SAAB AKTIEBOLAG

Address

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581 88 Linkoping

Sweden

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 1 386 445

Administrative Contact

Maria Weiland (Ms.)

Participants (32)

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AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 277 033,50

ALENIA AERMACCHI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 925 105,92

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 433 826

BCT STEUERUNGS UND DV-SYSTEME GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 408 053

SHORT BROTHERS PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 776 172,50

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 213 237,25

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 372 716,40

CREO DYNAMICS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 237 840,40

MEGGITT ADVANCED COMPOSITES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 196 250

DASSAULT AVIATION

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 245 425

DELFOI SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 224 322,84

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 117 347

AIRBUS GROUP SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 1 489 917,50

ECOLE NORMALE SUPERIEURE DE CACHAN

France

EU Contribution

€ 350 378,50

GKN Aerospace Services Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 267 849

ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 704 600

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 124 548

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 669 813,20

THE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTRE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 190 221,15

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 701 954,75

SAMTECH SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 325 908

SOCIETE NATIONALE DE CONSTRUCTION AEROSPATIALE SONACA SA

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 428 462,50

TUSAS-TURK HAVACILIK VE UZAY SANAYII AS

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 444 442,50

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 860 293,97

TECNATOM S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 342 938

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 354 000

GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 205 719

SONAXIS SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 173 668,50

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 176 650

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 346 025

Prodtex AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 481 089,15

LEONARDO - SOCIETA PER AZIONI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 147 746,47

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314003

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2012

  • End date

    31 August 2016

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 32 583 297,95

  • EU contribution

    € 19 600 000

Coordinated by:

SAAB AKTIEBOLAG

Sweden