The Design of a Flexible Fixture for Aircraft Assembly
Two new concept of flexible fixture subsystem (FFS) for aircraft wing spar assembly are introduced in this paper. The advantages and characteristics of FFS are discussed and compared with the current assembly method and fixtures. The objective of FFS is to replace the dedicated tooling and be able to quickly reconfigure itself for new types of spars. The fixture enables a family of spars to be mounted and assembled in the same tooling. Left- and right-hand side spars, varying lofts(spar cap angles), height, and depths are all accommodated on the same tool, within its envelop.