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:
The German Aerospace Centre (DLR) is an independent non-profit research establishment with the objectives to carry out research in aeronautics, space, energy, and transportation, to construct and operate large scale test facilities, to manage aerospace projects, and to serve as the German space agency. The activities are conducted in 32 research/management units located in 16 sites, and with about 7000 employees in total. In aeronautics the research activities include: aerodynamics for fixed and rotary wing aircraft, materials and structures, system studies for transportation systems, flight guidance and air traffic management, propulsion and turbo jet engines, test and simulation. The DLR Institute of “Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems” with a staff of more than145 people including many senior scientists have more than 25 years of experience in the field of composite technology. Based on experience in computer supported design, manufacturing and testing of high performance composites the research activities in the last 10 years focused on Liquid Composite Moulding (LCM) technologies and concepts resulting in highly effective manufacturing concepts. In particular material qualification, preforming, resin infusion, tooling concepts and design for manufacturing and quality assurance aspects have been investigated.
In LOCOMACHS DLR is contributing through the following: WP Leadership WP11 - Deformation simulation of large and complex composite components and application of the simulation results in a representative production environment is the focus of WP1.1 WP Leadership WP42 - Compilation of LOCOMACHS research results and evaluation of these results by taking into account the global project objectives and cost reduction potentials is the focus of WP4.2 In addition DLR is participating in WPs 13, 14, 22, 41, 43, 44 and 52.