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 LOCOMACHS project aims to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of new part production manufacturing and assembly operations of composite and hybrid aero-structures parts. To achieve the ambitious LOCOMACHS objectives, it is necessary to gather expertise in a wide range of skills, and, in order to reach the highest possible impact, the main stakeholders in the field.
The LOCOMACHS Consortium has been drawn up in this spirit and gathers 30 partners covering the full range of the value chain, from early design and development (process, method, software and hardware tools providers), to skills and facilities needed for manufacturing and assembly. Such a coherent set of competencies would be very difficult to find at national level with the same level of expertise in all fields.
The consortium include:
Bombardier Aerospace Belfast (registered as Shorts Brothers PLC), one of the UK’s largest aerospace manufacturers with over 5000 employees, is owned by the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier. Since its takeover in 1989, Bombardier Aerospace Belfast has received over £1.6billion in investment and is regarded as the Bombardier centre of excellence in the design and manufacture of fuselages, nacelles and advanced composites. Bombardier Aerospace Belfast plays a major role in all of Bombardier’s commercial and business aircraft, and with 40 years’ experience in composite manufacture, recently took responsibility for the design, development and manufacture of the advanced composite wings for Bombardier’s new CSeries family of commercial aircraft. In association with other European companies and universities, Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast participates in a range of major UK and European research programmes.
Roles within LOCOMACHS include SP 2 leadership and WP22, 31 and 44 leadership.