Maria Weiland was invited to present LOCOMACHS in the March edition 2016 (n°18) of Clean Sky's Skyline magazine. The article can be found on page 9.More
This project is co-funded by the European Union
The overall work plan is carried out through 4 technical sub-projects and one management sub-project, further divided into work packages. The 31 partners in the project provide contributions to the tasks and deliverables within these work packages.
The overall objective of SP1 is to reduce assembly costs caused by part geometry variation by addressing design. Within SP1, WP11 is to understand the sources of CFRP part deformations induced by the manufacturing process and to characterize and develop strategies to tackle them. WP12 will fully deploy tolerance management in the design and manufacturing of structural assemblies. WP13 will develop technologies to support the introduction of more integrated composite structures and assess the validity of ‘one shot’ structures’. Lastly WP14 examines the possibility of ‘direct assembly’ of CFRP joints through the simplification of the assembly design concepts.
SP2 will identify new manufacturing approaches processes in response to product architecture evolving at a steady pace. It will develop cost effective manufacturing solutions in response to evolving ‘more integrated’ architectures. In addition, necessary consideration will be given to subsequent assembly operations. Furthermore, it is important that NDI/NDT methods are developed in parallel to cope with the inspection challenges (limited access and hybrid material joints) presented by more integrated architectures.
Within SP2, WP21 will develop the technologies that will support the manufacture of more integrated composite components in order to reduce the number of subsequent assembly operations. WP22 will develop part manufacturing processes with an emphasis on reducing cost, cycle time and improving part accuracy to minimise recurring costs at the next assembly stage. WP23 will develop solutions for NDI/NDT to address the challenges posed by manufacture of more integrated and complex structures.
SP3 will be responsible for providing the development of new solutions in terms of: shimming, automated assembly sub-operations and manual operations in co-operation with automated solutions. Within SP3, WP31 will develop methods related to metrology and virtual assembly to accelerate the measurement of gaps, manufacture of shims and removal of sacrificial material.
WP32 will integrate and adapt standard operations and components for integration into an automated sub-operation. WP33 will address issues related to the human/robotics co-operation of automated and manual assembly operations. WP34 will study assembly tooling solutions in order to find solutions able to manage the geometrical variations of parts. WP35 will analyze solutions studied in the project to be effectively improved in a assembly line solution, and verify possibility to be demonstrated in the virtual demonstrator.
SP4 will provide the necessary inputs to SP1, SP2 and SP3 in terms of product and production requirements. WP41 will coordinate and ensure an integrated approach to the technology development, including monitoring of the process and coordination of the virtual demonstration as well as the production of the two physical demonstrators. WP42 will perform the benefit assessment and economical evaluations of the different LOCOMACHS results against the project high level objectives. WP43 will virtually demonstrate the integrated design, manufacturing and assembly.
WP44 will physically demonstrate the lean manufacturing of the demonstrators and the integration of the NDI/NDT methods. Finally WP45 will show the physical demonstrations of the assembly processes on the demonstrators.
SP5 manages the overall project in respect of technical progress, finance, contracts and administration. SP5 implements the strategic management of the project through validated tools and procedures, including for decision making, monitoring, quality review etc. WP51 is responsible for the Consortium administration, WP52 the dissemination of project results and WP53 the preparation of project results and project level training.