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:
Meggit (previously Cobham) designs, develops, manufactures and tests composite structures and high performance radomes for the Aerospace, Defence and Communications markets. Meggit delivers a complete design to instillation solution for airborne, naval and land based platforms and benefits from extensive experience in the design and manufacture of high performance composite structures for challenging environments.
Meggit’s participation in SP1 will draw upon experience in design and manufacture of high temperature composite structures to develop and validate design methodologies to fully predict laminate behaviour for components with high temperature/pressure cure profiles up to 320°C. The developed models will combine the effects of materials, tooling and cure profile. Meggit’s participation in WP21 will investigate the optimisation of integrating metallic or composite features and fittings into composite structures through co-curing and co-bonding to reduce post moulding assembly operations. Design procedures and mechanical performance predictions will be validated through production of representative sub-assemblies for test.