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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.  


LMS Samtech

LMS Samtech

Further Information :

Organizational Activities

SAMTECH s.a. that is now part of LMS International (under the commercial name “LMS Samtech”), was founded in 1986 from the Aerospace Laboratory of University of Liège. LMS SAMTECH is the European Engineering Software company developing and marketing the general purpose Finite Element Analysis (FEA) code SAMCEF, the Open Object Oriented Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MDO) platform BOSS Quattro and the Model-Based Engineering Framework CAESAM. The company has a strong background in the linear and non-linear mechanical/thermal analysis of structures, composite or metallic materials, fracture mechanics and damage tolerance, mechanism simulation, parameterised analyses, statistical analyses, optimisation techniques, correlation and model updating. Major European references using LMS SAMTECH tools in the field of aeronautics are mainly AIRBUS, EADS Innovation Works, SNECMA SAFRAN Group, EUROCOPTER, ALENIA Aeronautica, AVIO, MTU, SONACA, SABCA, TECHSPACEAERO etc.

Role in the Project

In the context of LOCOMACHS, LMS SAMTECH will work on tolerance management of flexible composite assemblies through the development of Computer Aided Tolerancing software (task 12.2.) and virtual demonstration of design & geometrical variation (task 43.1.), in close collaboration with SONACA, AIRBUS, ENS Cachan and EADS IW. The goal of the new developed software tool will be to model geometrical variations of manufacturing parts, and variation propagation during assembly operations, accounting in particular for redundancies (over-constrained problems). The final objective will be to demonstrate the benefits of the new Tolerancing approach and how it impacts assembly process design.

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