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LOCOMACHS featured in Clean Sky's Skyline magazine

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.


Variation Simulation During Assembly of Non-rigid Components. Realistic Assembly Simulation with ANATOLEFLEX Software
14th CIRP CAT 2016 - CIRP Conference on Computer Aided Tolerancing


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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:

  • Prime OEM aircraft manufacturers, as well as several tier-one and tier-two suppliers to European and overseas prime OEM aircraft manufacturers.
  • Research institutes like Airbus Group Innovations, DLR and NLR, that will provide state of the art knowledge within composite material and manufacturing. Other institutes like the MTC and TECNALIA will contribute with research skills and hardware for demonstrations within the area of assembly automation.
  • SME companies like Prodtex and SONAXIS have unique competences within assembly tooling and NDI/NDT respectively.
  • Universities from several European countries, each of them internationally recognized for the quality of their scientific work,  like ENS Cachan and CTH, who possess the most advanced computer aided systems and skills for geometrical variation management.  


Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives

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Organizational Activities

The CEA-LIST institute is one of the three laboratories operated by the Technological Research Direction in CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission). Its vocation is to help companies to increase their competitiveness by technological innovation and to transfer its technical know-how to industry. Its activities are focused on advanced software, embedded systems, integrated technology, sensor and signal processing. In the NDE field, a department of 85 people is dedicated to Research and Development. The research work involves characterizing and sizing defects to evaluate the structural integrity and the lifetime of components, instrumentation developments, modelling. CEA LIST develops the CIVA software (, recognized as the state of the art simulation software. This software is worldwide used by more than 140 companies in different industrial sectors in 34 countries. Dedicated to UT, ET and more recently to RT techniques, CIVA is the most advanced NDT simulation software and 25 people are directly involved in its development. In the last years, the CIVA software has become a platform, where several European laboratories have connected their modelling developments. CEA LIST conducts many collaborative R&D works in NDE field with in a wide range of industrial segments.

Role in the Project

Within the LOCOMACHS project CEA will be involved in WP23 by contributing to both tasks, from requirements to validation, as well as in WP44 through the integration and tests of NDT.

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