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Highly automated manufacturing process chain for large double curved CFRP aircraft parts

Malecha, Marcin and Frommel, Christoph and Körber, Marian and Mayer, Monika (2018) Highly automated manufacturing process chain for large double curved CFRP aircraft parts. ECCM18 17th European Conference on Composite Materials, 24.-28. Juni 2018, Athens, Greece. (In Press)

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Abstract

Application of novel materials in modern aircraft often goes along with challenges regarding to the manufacturing. The state-of-the-art carbon fibre reinforcing plastics (CFRP) for aircraft parts are still manufactured mostly in manual labour and therefore there is high demand for automation. Large, double curved parts, provide additional requirements concerning logistics and processing. As an example, the rear pressure bulkhead (RPBH), is an excellent sample for such aircraft part made entirely from CFRP. Our work aims to automate the whole manufacturing process of RPBH including quality assurance and manufacturing execution system (MES) which interlinks many high complex sub-processes. We will discuss our concept for the process, the reached status with emphasis on the most advanced sub-process of pick&place of reinforcing plies and give a short outlook for the future. The recent results show expected benefits of our solution compared to manual manufacturing regarding to quality, robustness, manufacturing times and costs. For the first time, the implemented MES allows to embed the process in industry 4.0 manufacturing environment.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124457/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Highly automated manufacturing process chain for large double curved CFRP aircraft parts
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Malecha, MarcinBK-AQPUNSPECIFIED
Frommel, Christophchristoph.frommel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Körber, Marianmarian.koerber (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Mayer, MonikaMonika.Mayer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:2018
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
In DOAJ:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:In Press
Keywords:automation, manufacturing process, rear pressure bulkhead, pick&place, double curved, gripping, dry textiles
Event Title:ECCM18 17th European Conference on Composite Materials
Event Location:Athens, Greece
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:24.-28. Juni 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:fixed-wing aircraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Structures and Materials
Location: Augsburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Structures and Design > Automation and Production Technology
Deposited By: Malecha, Marcin
Deposited On:13 Dec 2018 12:05
Last Modified:13 Dec 2018 12:05

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