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:
IAI is Israel's main aerospace corporation, with a more than 30 year history of the application of composite materials in the company's products. It is a public company with about 17,000 employees, and over 2 billion Euros of annual sales. A few of the many projects currently in progress at IAI are: design, integration and manufacturing of a family of business jets, conversion of Boeing aircraft from passenger to cargo configuration, design, test and manufacture of various spacecraft and jet engine nacelles, military aircraft update programs, development and manufacturing of unmanned airborne vehicles (UAV's) for military and civil applications and subcontracting for most of the major world aerospace companies. The innovation process is one of the cornerstones of Israel Airspace Industries. The IAI Engineering Division is involved in over 70 innovative R&D projects encompassing a wide range of subjects. Some examples include: Materials and Processes, Smart Structures, Intelligent Control, Structural Integrity, Parallel Processing and MEMS. IAI is also a partner in about 50 EU R&D programs, within the 5th, 6th and 7th Frameworks, including the Growth Technology Platform ALCAS, MAAXIMUS and JTI.
In LOCOMACH IAI will contribute to WPs 13, 21, 23, 33, 41, 44 and 45, including the manufacturing of a wing box component which will serve as one of the project demonstrators.