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Optimisation of assembly processes for Adhesive bonded Brackets onto the airframe structure

2019-09-16
2019-01-1855
Aircraft manufacturers use adhesive bonded brackets (ABB) to support wire harnesses, looms and sensors. Using ABBs eliminates the necessity to drill holes in the airframe and significantly reduces the assembly time. Such brackets are installed manually on the airframes in numerous locations using high strength epoxy based adhesives. In addition, the application of adhesive onto bracket is carried out manually. Thus it's time consuming and quality relies on operator’s skill sets to apply a certain quantity of adhesive using a predefined pattern, both of which are commonly not controlled. On the other hand, removing the damaged brackets by manual operations tend to cause dents and scratches in metallic airframes and delamination in composites. Prior research indicates that the brackets can be removed by heating them. But, they are not recommendable to aerospace manufacturers due to the longer process times.
Technical Paper

Forces vibration assistance for TA6V/CFRP drilling

2019-09-16
2019-01-1874
For aircraft structures, mechanical assembly using fasteners remains the most common technology. The setting of the numerous fasteners requires a large number of drilling operations. In the case of CFRP/TA6V stacks, the drilling still remains a technological challenge. Indeed the high-quality requirements by the aeronautic standards are limited by the fast damaging drilling tool phenomena. For TA6V, the forced assisted drilling provides a breakthrough technology. An axial forced oscillating displacement on the feed direction of the tool allows the creation of segmented chips. Those small chips are then easily evacuated from the cutting area using a vacuum device. This allows the improvement of the hole’s roughness and mastering the burr creation at the exit of the hole. The lubrication process is also enhanced during the exit sequence of the tool. For the CFRP/TA6V configuration, the segmented geometry of the chip avoids the roughness degradation on the composite part of the stack.
Technical Paper

Line Side Equipment

2019-09-16
2019-01-1879
The aircraft production rate is now increasing and requires to keep the production tools as close as possible from the assembly work area. As production sites cannot be extended as much as the rate increases, this has created the need for developing innovative & efficient line side equipment, which fulfils storage capacity, ergonomical accessibility, easy handling & quick load unload performance for all aircraft part assemblies. This paper will focus on the development and the integration into the production on our innovative solutions on Line Side Equipment . The Line Side Equipment is custom designed and built for manual or semi-automated assembly lines. It offers a wide range of solutions such as dedicated storage areas, trolleys, easy acces, tool kits & smart cabinets.
Technical Paper

C919 Trailing Edge Assembly Interchangeable Tooling

2019-09-16
2019-01-1880
Traditional Trailing Edge (TE) assembly that utilise fixtures for accurate positioning of aircraft (a/c) parts do not allow for removal of specific tooling from the fixtures to travel with the TE, post assembly. Instead, the tooling that positions all the primary a/c assembly datums generally utilise precision pins of various sizes that index and clamp the a/c ribs. Often it is difficult to remove the pins post assembly before the spar can be taken out of the fixture. Use of hammers is common place to hit pins out of holes which is less than ideal considering the a/c parts can be fragile and the tooling is precision set. Also, the Main Assembly Fixture (MAJ) that will receive the TE will inevitably need to relocate some if not all the primary a/c ribs and therefore will most likely be subject to some amount of persuasion.
Technical Paper

Reconfigurable Jig Tooling and In-Process Metrology for High Accuracy Prototype Compound Helicopter Wing Assembly

2019-09-16
2019-01-1877
This paper documents the potential use of reconfigurable reusable jig tooling based on the box-joint system for use in the assembly of a prototype compound helicopter wing. Due to the aircraft configuration the wing design is pinned at both ends and therefore requires a higher degree of accuracy (typically 0.2mm), over the 4m length, than conventional wings. In this paper the cost benefit of reusable tooling in a low volume prototype scenario is examined followed by the design of the jig and location features to enable accurate build and metrology documentation. A prototype 4m test jig comprising of commercially available components and bespoke machined ‘pick-ups’ is presented here. Hardware and measurement process cost modelling is documented along with results for the positional and hinge-line concentricity setting accuracy that was achieved using a laser tracking system.
Technical Paper

Optimization of automated airframe assembly process on example of A350 S19 splice joint

2019-09-16
2019-01-1882
The paper presents the numerical approach to simulation and optimization of A350 S19 splice assembly process. The main goal is to reduce the number of installed temporary fasteners while preventing the gap between parts from opening during drilling stage. The numerical approach includes computation of residual gaps between parts, optimization of fastener pattern and validation of obtained solution on input data generated on the base of available measurements. The problem is solved with ASRP (Assembly Simulation of Riveting Process) software. The described methodology is applied to the optimization of the robotized assembly process for A350 S19 section.
Technical Paper

Advanced assembly solutions for the RACER joined-wing configuration

2019-09-16
2019-01-1884
The demonstrator project RACER is developed under the leadership of Airbus Helicopters Group within a large European partnership and concerns the development of new VTOL formula in order to fill the mobility gap between conventional helicopters and airplanes. Thus, RACER is a compound rotorcraft including wings and propellers. The new wing arrangement suggested by Airbus Helicopters Groups is defined as a staggered bi-plane configuration with an upper and a lower straight wing at each side of the helicopter, both being interconnected at their outermost tips, forming a triangular framework. Responsible for the design, manufacturing and assembly of the wings is ASTRAL consortium consisted of GE Aviation and University of Nottingham. The identification of the best strategy to assemble the joined wing configuration is quite challenging. In order to ensure that the final wing assembly will fit to the fuselage, a jig that simulates the fuselage was suggested by Airbus Helicopters Group.
Technical Paper

Intelligent Real Time Inspection of Rivet Quality supported by Human-Robot-Collaboration

2019-09-16
2019-01-1886
Aircraft production is facing various technical challenges, such as large product dimensions, complex joining processes and the organization of assembly tasks. Meeting the requirements that come with large dimensions, low tolerances and small batch sizes, in combination with complex joining processes, automation and labour-intensive inspection task, is often difficult to achieve in an economically viable way. ZeMA believes that a semi-automated approach is the most effective for optimizing aircraft section assembly. An effective optimization of aircraft production can be achieved with a semi-automated riveting process for solid rivets using Human-Robot-Collaboration in combination with an intuitive Human-Machine-Interaction operating concept. While using dynamic task sharing between human and robot based on their skills, and considering ergonomics, the determined ideal solution involves placing a robot inside the section barrel.
Technical Paper

Simulation of aircraft assembly via ASRP software

2019-09-16
2019-01-1887
ASRP (Assembly Simulation of Riveting Process) software is a special tool for modelling assembly process for large scale airframe parts. On the base of variation simulation, ASRP provides a convenient way to analyze, verify and optimize the arrangement of temporary fasteners. During the airframe assembly process certain criteria on the residual gap between parts must be fulfilled. The numerical approach realized in ASRP allows one to evaluate the quality of contact on every stage of the assembly process and solve verification and optimization problems for temporary fastener patterns. The paper is devoted to description of several specialized approaches that combine statistical analysis of measured data and numerical simulation using high-performance computing for optimization of fastener patterns, calculation of forces in fasteners needed to close initial gaps and identification of hazardous areas in junction regions.
Technical Paper

Assembly and quality optimisation for wing structures throughout the application of Optical projection

2019-09-16
2019-01-1903
The existing fastener installation operations account for drilling and bolting a large number of holes through the wing skin. Because of its inherent complexity, these operations are prone to costly defects. Consequently, there is room for improvement and optimisation. Instead of focusing on expensive, complex and high-risk automation solutions, visual aid has proven to be a more suitable option. Particularly, optical projection would display operations information directly on the wing skin. This would grant the operators the help they need to cut down on defects and remove the need to follow large slaving maps, simplifying their tasks. Therefore, the aim of this project is to introduce and install this technology, which will display hole positions and its related operation information. Coupled with the system’s flexibility to display any shape and colour, this solution will be robust enough and fit for purpose to support these production operations.
Technical Paper

A New Positioning Device Designed for Aircraft Automated Alignment System

2019-09-16
2019-01-1883
Accurate and fast positioning of large aircraft component is of great importance for Automated Alignment System. The Ball joint is a widely-used mechanical device connecting the aircraft component and Automated Alignment System. However, there are some shortcomings for the device in man-machine engineering, such as the entry state of the ball-head still needs to be confirmed by the workers and then switched to the locking state manually. To solve above problems, a new positioning mechanism is present in this paper, which consists of a ball-head and a ball-socket. The new device is equipped with a monocular vision system, in which a calibrated industrial camera is used to collect the images of the ball-head. And then, the 3-D coordinate of the ball-head center is calculated by a designed algorithm, which combines the symmetry of the sphere and the principle of projection transformation, guiding the positioner to capture the ball-head.
Technical Paper

Possibilities of wall heat transfer measurements at a supercharged Euro IV heavy-duty Diesel engine with high EGR-rates, an in-cylinder peak pressure of 250 bar and injection pressure up to 2500 bar

2019-08-15
2019-24-0171
A raise of efficiency is, especially for CV, the strongest selling point concerning the TCO. Accompanied by legislations, with contradictive development demands, satisfying solutions have to be found. The analysis of energy losses in modern engines shows three influencing parameters. The losses resulting from taking real gas properties and non-ideal combustion into account have only a limited potential for gains, wall heat losses are currently believed to have the highest optimization potential. Critical for the occurrence of these losses is the wall heat transfer, which can be described by coefficients. To reduce WHT accompanying losses a decrease of energy transfer between combustion gas and combustion chamber wall is necessary. A measurement of heat fluxes is needed to determine the WHT relations at the combustion chamber of an engine. Methods to reduce the WHT can be developed and their effectiveness can be evaluated.
Training / Education

Introduction to Airframe Engineering Design for Manufacturing, Assembly and Automation

2019-08-12
Why is a design for manufacturing, assembly and automation so important?  This introductory course on airframe engineering will cover the importance of design for manufacturing, assembly and automation in aerospace.  It will review what the key drivers are for a “good” design and some of the key points for manufacturing and assembly of aircraft components.    It will look at how an engineer can combine traditional technologies with new, cutting-edge technologies, to determine the best scenario for success.  
Training / Education

Design for Manufacturing & Assembly (DFM/DFA)

2019-06-26
Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFM+A), pioneered by Boothroyd and Dewhurst, has been used by many companies around the world to develop creative product designs that use optimal manufacturing and assembly processes. Correctly applied, DFM+A analysis leads to significant reductions in production cost, without compromising product time-to-market goals, functionality, quality, serviceability, or other attributes. In this two-day seminar, you will not only learn the Boothroyd Dewhurst Method, you will actually apply it to your own product design!
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