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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.  


Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology

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Organizational Activities

Chalmers University of Technology is located in Göteborg Sweden, and is one of the largest Universities in Sweden. Teaching and research is carried out by Chalmers' 17 departments. At Chalmers there are six national competence centres financed by Vinnova and the Swedish Energy Agency. There are also a number of centres cooperating across traditional departmental boundaries. There exists about 200 research groups and 10 000 students. Within the LOCOMACHS project, the research group Geometry Assurance and Robust Design, located at the department of product and production development, will participate.

Role in the Project

In LOCOMACHS Chalmers is participating in two WPs with the following main activity: In WP12 CTH will provide experience of rigid and non-rigid variation simulation from automotive and aerospace industry, demonstrate how CAT software (RD&T) can be applied on assemblies of non-rigid parts and develop a methodology/strategy for 3D variation simulation for assemblies including composites. Within WP53 CTH will provide applied on-site training of the tolerancing software RD&T using FE analysis to end-user companies. Chalmers will contribute with extensive experience in Geometry Assurance and Robust Design with focus on minimizing the effect of geometrical variation, rigid and non-rigid variation simulation from automotive and aerospace industry and development of RD&T software for variation simulation (rigid and non-rigid).

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