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:
Dassault Aviation is one of the major players in the global aviation industry, with a presence in more than 80 countries across the 5 continents, whose varied activities cover several areas of high technology. Dassault Aviation's primary vocation is the design, development, production, sale and maintenance of aircraft. The FALCON family contributes enormously both to the reputation of European executive aircraft and to the European economy. It contributes to maintaining the industrial base of a European high technology sector. FALCON have been developed and produced in European co-operation with partners from Belgium (SABCA), Italy (ALENIA - PIAGGIO) and Greece (Hellenic Aircraft Industries). Many European partners have been involved in the development of the new FALCON 7X business jet. The main ones are: Spain (CASA), Netherlands (STORK) and Belgium (SONACA). The Advanced Technologies Development Centre (CDE) of Dassault Aviation will be involved in LOCOMACHS through its four main components: the Manufacturing Engineering Group, the Physical and Chemical Analysis Laboratory and the NDE/NDT Group. The CDE offers more than 30 years of experience and expertise in the development of Metallic and Composite advanced manufacturing technologies, advanced NDT techniques, supported by particular skill, in image and signal processing, artificial intelligence (neural networks), computer modelling, CAD-CAM data handling and Robotics. The CDE has been involved in several National and European research projects, such as: "NDT - NDE for maintenance of structural parts" (BE-5879), CANDIA (BE 95-1778), INDUCE (BE97-4057), INCA, INDET SMIST, TRIADE, as far as NDT is concerned and PERFECT, FUBACOMP, CLEAN SKY, AUTOW, etc.
DASSAV will lead WP23 and be involved in WPs 11, 21, 22, 31 and 44.