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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.  


Forschungszentrum der Bundesrepublik Deutschland für Luft- und Raumfahrt

Forschungszentrum der Bundesrepublik Deutschland für Luft- und Raumfahrt

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Organizational Activities

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.

Role in the Project

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.

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