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Automated, Quality Assured and High Volume Oriented Production of Fiber Metal Laminates (FML) for the Next Generation of Passenger Aircraft Fuselage Shells

Ucan, Hakan and Scheller, Joachim and Nguyen, Duy Chinh and Nieberl, Dorothea and Beumler, Thomas and Haschenburger, Anja and Meister, Sebastian and Kappel, Erik and Prussak, Robert and Deden, Dominik and Mayer, Monika and Zapp, Philipp and Pantelelis, Nikos and Hauschild, Bernd and Menke, Niklas (2019) Automated, Quality Assured and High Volume Oriented Production of Fiber Metal Laminates (FML) for the Next Generation of Passenger Aircraft Fuselage Shells. Science and Engineering of Composite Materials, 2019 (26), pp. 1-7. de Gruyter. DOI: 10.1515/secm-2019-0031 ISSN 0792-1233

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The use of fiber-metal laminates (FML) allows for substantial advantages over a fuselage skin made of monolithic aluminum materials. The combination of glass-fiberreinforced plastic and aluminum is characterized by low fatigue, high load tolerance and the resistance to residual stress. For this reason, FML, and GLARE in particular, have been identified as superior materials for aerospace applications. It has already been used extensively in the wide body aircraft of the Airbus Group A380, specifically on the upper fuselage shells. FML possess the potential to become the baseline material for next-generation single-aisle aircrafts. The development of a new production chain that will allow automated fuselage production for future short-haul aircrafts is the focus of the studies that make up the joint project AUTOGLARE. As part of the fifth call-up for the German Aeronautical Research Programme (LuFo), DLR is working with its project partners Airbus Operations, Premium Aerotech (PAG) and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (FhG). The development of a production chain for stiffened fuselage panels based on fiber-metal-laminates as a material is aimed at allowing a scaling-up to 60 aircrafts per month. This study contains the research work of the DLR and FhG regarding the automated and quality assured process for chain stiffened FML fuselages. In Addition to a detailed explanation of the systems that were set up, this paper covers the planned tests, the completed demonstration models and the findings derived from them.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/129574/
Document Type:Article
Title:Automated, Quality Assured and High Volume Oriented Production of Fiber Metal Laminates (FML) for the Next Generation of Passenger Aircraft Fuselage Shells
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Ucan, HakanHakan.Ucan (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5568-4564
Scheller, JoachimJoachim.Scheller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Nguyen, Duy ChinhChinh.Nguyen (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Nieberl, DorotheaDorothea.Nieberl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Beumler, Thomasthomas.beumler (at) airbus.comUNSPECIFIED
Haschenburger, AnjaAnja.Haschenburger (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9342-0220
Meister, SebastianSebastian.Meister (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8193-1143
Kappel, ErikErik.Kappel (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8760-8451
Prussak, RobertRobert.Prussak (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9777-0495
Deden, Dominikdominik.deden (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8959-8720
Mayer, MonikaMonika.Mayer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Zapp, PhilippPhilipp.Zapp (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Pantelelis, Nikosnp (at) synthesites.comUNSPECIFIED
Hauschild, BerndBernd.Hauschild (at) ifam.fraunhofer.deUNSPECIFIED
Menke, NiklasNiklas.Menke (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:30 September 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Science and Engineering of Composite Materials
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1515/secm-2019-0031
Page Range:pp. 1-7
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Hoa, Suong V.Concordia University, Montreal, CanadaUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:de Gruyter
Series Name:Science and Engineering of Composite Materials
Keywords:FML, fuselage sections automated Composite manufacturing, lay-up technologies ATL AFP, multi head pick and place technologies, inline quality assurance, one shot bonding
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: Stade
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems
Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems > Composite Process Technology
Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems > Functional Lightweight Structures
Deposited By: Ucan, Dipl.-ing. Hakan
Deposited On:19 Nov 2019 12:15
Last Modified:05 Feb 2020 13:58

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