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2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2091
Raul Cano, Oscar Ibanez de Garayo, Miguel Angel Castillo, Ricardo Marin, Hector Ascorbe, Jose Ramon de los Santos
In the last years, Aeronautical Industry has made a significant effort for the automation of different manufacturing tasks. One of the most important is the drilling process of material stacks prior to the installation of rivets, due the great advantages of progressing from manual to automatic operation. In particular, the robotic drilling for manufacturing medium-size subassemblies allows not only to improve productivity and efficiency of the process, but also to reduce repetitive tasks for the operator, usually performed under poorly ergonomic conditions. For this purpose, some solutions based on industrial robots with highly sensorized end-effectors have been already explored. Nevertheless, these proposals are frequently lack of technological maturity or imply an investment difficult to recover.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2141
Dale J. McDonald
EI was selected to design and build a turnkey outer wing assembly system for the single aisle China 919 (C919) wing factory located near Xi’an China. During the design and development phase for this wing box project, the need to machine flat, three surfaces in aluminum spacers integral to the wing’s flap track mounting structures arose. The three planes would need to be determined according to the CAD nominal and “floating” tooling features for the flap connection fittings. These three interface planes are unique for every airplane build due to the tolerance stacks of the 3 to 4 material plies. Traditionally, small scale portable milling equipment used for this purpose indexed into tooling features for “touch-off” part references.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2078
Torsten Logemann
To bring automation into today’s complex assembly processes of aircraft structures a highly flexible solution is needed. Therefore, Broetje-Automation has developed a mobile robot assembly cell for high accuracy drilling and fastening. The system uses a standard 6 axis articulated arm robot extended with a lifting unit and equipped with special compensation package developed by Broetje Automation. The whole system can be moved either on wheels for longer distance or on air cushions why it can be easily integrated or combined with existing assembly processes.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2089
Jose Guerra cEng, Miguel Angel Castillo
During the year 2003 Aernnova decided to invest in automated machines procuring and installing a Broetje automatic machine (known in Aernnova as CIMPA) in Aernnova Berantevilla facility in order to perform operations such as drilling, countersinking or riveting in aircraft structures during its assembly. Due to the high load of work at that time in Aernnova mainly due to work packages from Embraer and Sikorsky, a solution was needed in order to assemble all the products required by our customer and deliver them on properly in terms of time and good quality. Several ideas came to our engineering team always having in mind the idea of reducing time being more competitive specially in repetitive operations and at the same time keeping good quality. Finally after a depth search, the option selected was an automated machine from Broetje that after some adjustments and customizations regarding our purposes could provide us the best solution.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2090
Sergey Lupuleac, Margarita Petukhova, Julia Shinder, Alexander Smirnov, Mariia Stefanova, Nadezhda Zaitseva, Tatiana Pogarskaia, Elodie Bonhomme
Perspective way of solving the problem of aircraft assembly optimization is global simulation of junction process using efficient numerical algorithms. Specialized software complex [1] was developed within the framework of cooperation between Airbus SAS and Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University. This tool allows engineers to simulate the aircraft assembly process and solve the number of tasks: • Calculation of resulting gap under given initial disposition of riveted parts and distribution of fastening elements; • Determination of fastening element pattern that provides sufficient quality of assembly; • Shimming prediction; • Evaluation of stresses caused by assembly. The tool is based on special approach that necessitates solving contact problem arising when aircraft parts are being joined. This problem can be described by several simplifying assumptions such as ommiting tangential displacements and friction from consideration and creating substructure for junction area.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2109
Michael Morgan, Caroline McClory, Colm Higgins, Yan Jin, Adrian Murphy
Aerospace structures are typically joined to form larger assemblies using screw lock or swage lock fasteners or rivets. Countersunk fasteners are used widely in the aerospace industry on flying surfaces to reduce excrescence drag and increase aircraft performance. Typically these fasteners are installed to a nominal countersink value which leaves them flush to the surface before being locked into position. The Northern Ireland Technology Centre at Queen’s University Belfast has developed and demonstrated two processes which enable high flushness fastening of countersunk fasteners. The ‘Flush Install’ process produces countersunk holes based on the specific geometry of each individual fastener. The ‘Fettle Flush’ process accurately machines fasteners to match the surrounding surface. Flushness values well within the allowable tolerances have been demonstrated for both Flush Install and Fettle Flush processes.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2137
Simon Kothe, Sven Philipp von Stürmer, Hans Christian Schmidt, Christian Boehlmann, Jörg Wollnack, Wolfgang Hintze
Strong market growth, upcoming global competition and the impact of customer-requirements in aerospace industry demand for more productive, flexible and cost-effective machining systems. Industrial robots have already demonstrated their advantages in smart and efficient production in a wide field of applications and industries. However, their use for machining of structural components is still obstructed by the disadvantage of low absolute accuracy and adverse reaction to process loads. For accuracy assessment and optimization of robot-based machining systems, an experimental approach for holistic recording and analysis of inaccuracies and errors is presented. For conventional Cartesian CNC machining systems several methods and guidelines for performance assessment and error identification are available (e.g. VDI 9283, VDI/NCG 5211-2). Due to the attributes of a common 6-axis-robot serial kinematic these methods of decoupled and separated analysis fail.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2127
Sylvain Guerin, Sylvain da Costa
Contribution of 3D printing in tooling and portable tools Application case for a Smart Driller The recent contribution rise in 3D printing is rapidly changing the whole industry. In aeronautics, it has 2 major domains of growth: • Aircraft parts • Tooling and portable tools Aircraft parts in metallic 3D printing have been highly publicized in the media, although they represent only a tiny share of the aircraft cell in the short term. On the other hand, metallic (and non-metallic) 3D printing in tooling and tools bring immediate advantages compared to traditional methods. The advantages • Design made directly from the final function • Optimized for strength vs weight • Weight reduction • Reduction in parts number • Short cycle time from design to use • Low cost for customization The drawbacks • Limited in size We have already applied this new manufacturing technique to obtain real breakthroughs in portable tools.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2131
Karl-Erik Neumann
If you need a 5-axis machine tool with the capability of making 50 mm diameter holes, 125 mm deep, in titanium, you probably end up with a 20 ton machine, sitting on a 3 meter foundation, but if you also need to; • move it around in your factory to different work stations • perform high speed machining • have the flexibility of a robot • apply 7 kN tool force • run 3G acceleration • have a positioning accuracy of +/- 5 micron • be able to take it apart and put it inside e.g. a wing box • integrate it into production by yourself in 72 hours then you have just wrote the specification of the new XMini, developed by Exechon Enterprises LLC, a Lockheed Martin-Injaz-Tecgrant Joint Venture, in cooperation with Airbus and Boeing. The Exechon XMini is the first Machine Tool & Robot in the world made out of carbon fiber, with a unique capability of high speed/low torque as well as low speed/high torque machining.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2140
Long Yu, Yilian Zhang
Slug rivet is widely used in wing assembly due to its longer fatigue life and better sealing performance compared with other connection technologies. As countersinks with dual-angle are widely adopted in this connection, countersink diameter and depth are the key factors that affect assembly quality. As such, it is of great importance to inspect the drilling qualities with high accuracy and efficiency. However, the contact measurements are susceptible to loss of accuracy due to cutting debris and lube build-up, while scanning the hole using laser profilometry is time consuming and complex, in this paper, a non-contact method for countersink diameter and depth measurement based on machine vision system is proposed. The countersink diameter can be directly measured by this system, while the countersink depth is determined through countersink diameter indirectly. First, holes with different depths are countersunk, then the countersink depths are measured by 3D microscope.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2108
Marc Fette, Kim Schwake, Jens Wulfsberg, Frank Neuhaus, Manila Brandt
The rising demand for civil aircraft leads to the development of flexible and adaptive production systems in aviation industry. Due to economic efficiency, operational accuracy and high performance these manufacturing and assembly systems must be technologically robust and standardized. The current aircraft assembly and its jigs are characterized by a high complexity with poor changeability and low adaptability. In this context, the use of industrial robots and standardized jigs promise highly flexible and accurate complex assembly operations. This paper deals with the flexible and adaptable aircraft assembly based on industrial robots with special end-effectors for shaping operations. By the development and use of lightweight gripper system made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics the required scaling, robustness and stiffness of the whole assembly system can be realized.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2125
Henry Hameister
This paper presents an approach to how existing production systems can benefit from Industry 4.0 driven concepts. This attempt is based on a communication gateway and a cloud-based system, that hosts all algorithms and models to calculate a prediction of the tool wear. Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding is a sub-section of friction welding, where a rotating tool that consists out of three parts is used to heat up material to a dough-like state. Since Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding produces a selective dot-shaped connection of overlapping materials, the production requirements are similar to riveting or resistance spot welding. In contrast to other bonding techniques, Refill Friction Stir Spot Welding can be integrated within the production process without major interferences or changes.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2129
Antonio Rubio, Luis Calleja, Javier Orive, Ángel Mújica, Asunción Rivero
Aluminum skin milling is a very challenging process due to the high quality requirements needed in the aeronautic and aerospace industries. Nowadays, on these markets, there are just two technological approaches able to face the manufacturing of this sort of wide thin blanks: chemical and mechanical milling by means of highly complex machines. Both solutions lead to a high investment requirement that affect directly on the application profitability on these industrial sectors. This paper presents a flexible machining system that allows milling skin shaped parts within required tolerances by means of an innovative universal holding fixture combined with an adaptive toolpath development. This flexible holding fixture can be adapted to the required shape and can hold uniformly the whole sheet surface. Besides, the solution includes an implementation that can adapt the machining toolpath by means of the skin thickness online measurement.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2126
Ali Mohamed Abdelhafeez, Sein Leung Soo, David Aspinwall, Anthony Dowson PhD, Dick Arnold
Despite the increasing use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) composites, titanium and aluminium alloys still constitute a significant proportion of modern civil aircraft structures, which are primarily assembled via mechanical joining techniques. Drilling of fastening holes is therefore a critical operation, which has to meet stringent geometric tolerance and integrity criteria. The paper details the development of a three-dimensional (3D) finite element (FE) model for drilling aerospace grade aluminium (AA7010-T7451 and AA2024-T351) and titanium (Ti-6Al-4V) alloys. The FE simulation employed a Coupled Eulerian Lagrangian (CEL) technique. The cutting tool was modelled according to a Lagrangian formulation in which the mesh follows the material displacement while the workpiece was represented by a non-translating and material deformation independent Eulerian mesh.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2083
Steven P. Smith
This paper traces the development of a single sided blind fastener at Airbus’ Broughton’s plant, commencing with the initial identification of the need for the A380XWB programme, through various prototypes testing early production trials. These requirements were further refined for A350XWB, resulting in a new contending fastener design, further evaluation and testing before pre-production trials and selection for A350XWB programme. Experience gained has led to further design development by the supplier leading to its current applications which are explained and the next steps of our Journey.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2085
Kyle Pritz, Brent Etzel, Zheng Wei
The automation takt time of wing assembly can be shortened with the use of single-sided temporary fasteners by providing temporary part clamping and doweling during panel drilling. Feeding these fasteners poses problems due to their complexity in design and overall heavy weight. In the past, Electroimpact has remotely fed these fasteners by blowing them through pneumatic tubing. This technique has resulted in occasional damage to fasteners during delivery and a complex feed system that requires frequent maintenance. Due to these issues, Electroimpact has developed a new fully automated single-sided temporary fastening system for installation of the LISI Clampberry fasteners in wing panels for the C919 wing factory in Yanliang, China. The feed system stores fasteners in gravity-fed cartridges on the end effector near the point of installation.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2128
Henry Guo, Farid Ahdad, DeDong Xie
V-band joint is widely used in turbocharger industry. It is used to connect housings in turbocharger for both passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle applications, which can provide simple and robust solutions to replace bolt flanges. However, current issue for V-band joint in turbine side is the higher cost. The major cost for V-band joint comes from T-bolt which works in very hostile environment with high temperature and high vibration level. T-bolt is made from special stainless steel which takes around a half cost of total joint. This paper introduces a new V-band joint which replaces T-bolt from special bolt to standard bolt through changing bolt stress status from tension to compression, which provides possibility to reduce cost greatly. The prototype is made and performed static tests including anti-rotating torque test and salt spray test.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2111
Juan Carlos Antolin-Urbaneja, Juan Livinalli, Mildred Puerto, Mikel Liceaga, Antonio Rubio, Angel San-Roman, Igor Goenaga
Gaps in composites structures can be more risky than metallic structures. For mechanically joined composite components, the geometrical conformance of the part can be problematic due to undesired or unknown re-distribution of loads within a composite component, typical in aeronautic assemblies. A shim is a thin piece of metal, plastic or composite used to fill in space between components, for adjustment or fit, in a mechanical assembly. To prevent unnecessary preloading of metallic structure, and the possibility of cracking and delaminations in composite structure, it is important to measure all gaps and then shim any gaps greater than 0.005 inches. A strategy to overcome the high relative tolerances for assemblies lies in the automatized shim manufacturing of the gaps previously predicted through the evaluation of their volumes via a simulation tool.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-8137
Amrut A. Patki
The overall cost of ownership of a product is dependent on life of the product and cost. To keep the cost of ownership down, it is important to understand how to increase life of product and lower down the required cost at the same time. We are also challenged to reduce the carbon footprint, improved energy requirements to become more sustainable and green. How to achieve both of these necessities? “Remanufacturing” is a simple answer to this complex question. Remanufacturing can improve the useable life of a part or product by multiple times. It is cost effective compare to new part production and reasonably cheaper to end customer. The required energy for remanufacturing is lesser compare to its original manufacturing. Remanufacturing reuses/salvages most of the original contain. Design for Remanufacturing is a fundamental change in design engineering process to meet remanufacturing requirements.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2110
Ilker Erdem, Peter Helgosson, Ashwin Gomes, Magnus Engstrom
The ability to adapt to rapidly evolving market demands continues to be the one of the key challenges in the automation of assembly processes in the aerospace industry. In order to meet this challenge industry and academia have made efforts to automate flexible fixturing. LOCOMACHS (Low Cost Manufacturing and Assembly of Composite and Hybrid Structures) – a European Union funded project with 31 partners – aims to address various aspects of aero-structure assembly with a special attention is directed to the development of a new build philosophy along with relevant enabling technologies. This paper aims to present the results on the developed wing box build philosophy and the integration of automated flexible tooling solutions into the prospective assembly process.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2105
Thomas G. Jefferson, Richard Crossley, Anthony Smith, Svetan Ratchev
This paper presents a novel reconfigurable assembly cell which can assemble multiple fuselage and wing variants. Most aerostructure assembly systems are designed to produce one variant only. For multiple variants, each assembly typically has a dedicated assembly cell, despite most assemblies requiring a process of drilling and fastening to similar tolerances. Assembly systems that produce more than one variant do exist but have long changeover or involve extensive retrofitting. Quick assembly of multiple products using one assembly system offers significant cost savings from reductions in NRC and lead time. Recent trends advocate Reconfigurable Assembly Systems (RAS) as a solution designed to have exactly the functionality necessary to produce a group of similar components. Components with similar geometries and processes are grouped into part families by iterating between design and manufacturing.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2103
Eric Barton
This technical paper details an optimized Drivmatic machine design delivered to a Tier 1 aero structure supplier to automate drilling and installation of rivets, hi-loks, lockbolts & swage collars for individual fuselage panel assemblies with high throughput & strict quality requirements. While certain robot solutions continue to be explored for specific applications at many Tier 1 aero structure suppliers, robot payload capacity has limitations beyond certain criteria, which often times point towards an alternative machine design as in this case study. A typical approach for adding more automation is to allocate shop floor space based on the solution's foot print, however contrary to most approaches this solution had to be designed to fit within a pre-determined factory footprint over a geographic location with a high water table that would not permit a foundation.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2096
Simon Schnieders, Dirk Eickhorst
Drilling of high-strength titan material and composites in combination creates complex challenges in order to achieve required productivity and quality. Long spiral chips are characteristically for the titan drilling process, which leads to e.g. chip accumulation, high thermomechanical load, surface damages and excessive tool wear. The basic approach is the substitution of today’s peck-drilling as current solution to this problem and the implementation of a vibration assisted drilling, so called micro-peck-drilling-process, to generate a kinematic chip breakage in a significant more efficient way. To meet perfectly the requirements regarding rates, quality and automation level, Broetje-Automation as system integrator has investigated and developed the implementation of different alternative high-performance systems and methods to approach the optimal oscillation movement of the tool.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2130
Enkhsaikhan Boldsaikhan, Shintaro fukada, Mitsuo Fujimoto, Kenichi Kamimuki, Hideki Okada, Brent Duncan, Phuonghanh Bui, Michael Yeshiambel, Brian Brown, Alan Handyside
The Refill Friction Spot Joining (RFSJ) is an emerging solid-state spot welding technology that creates a molecular-level bond between the work-pieces through a thermo-mechanical processing. The RFSJ process does not consume any filler or foreign materials so that no additional weight is introduced to the assembly. As the solid-to-liquid phase transition is not involved in RFSJ in general, there is no fusion lack or material deterioration caused by liquefaction and solidification. Unlike the conventional friction stir spot welding, RFSJ produces a spot joint with a perfectly flush surface finish without a key or exit hole. Currently, the aerospace industry employs solid rivets for fastening the primary structures as they meet the baseline requirements and have well-established standards and specifications.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2082
Ralf Schomaker, Björn Knickrehm, Jürgen Langediers
In a commercial aircraft there are in general two pressurised zones: the cabin and the cargo hold. In the event of rapid decompression in one zone, air pressure equilibrium must be realised quickly in order to prevent severe structural damage since the airframe is typically not designed to sustain pressure difference loads across these zones and may collapse. The state of the art response to this problem in the commercial aircraft world are so called blow-in/blow-out panels in the cargo hold ceiling and partition walls to ensure the equalisation of air pressure between passenger and cargo area in case of abovementioned event. However, there are a number of drawbacks with this design such as manufacturing complexity, weight and cost of the panels and cargo & cabin substructure. In the frame of incremental product improvement, AIRBUS has developed and implemented a new innovative decompression concept that can be acquired by Airliners.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2080
Carter L. Boad, Kevin Brandenstein
The newest generation of automated fastening machines require a feed system that is smaller, more flexible, and faster than any currently available. The feed system must be compact enough to fit on a robot base, yet have a capacity large enough to support unmanned production for hours. A large variety of fasteners must be supported and the entire system must be reloaded or reconfigured in minutes to match the next work piece being assembled by the machine. When requested by the part program, the correct fastener must be released directly and immediately into the feed tube to minimize cycle time. This paper describes a new “plate cartridge” feed system developed to meet these needs.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2124
Sara Nilsson, Jonas Jensen, Mats Björkman, Erik Sundin
For the aerospace industry carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) is one of the fastest developing materials right now. The material has a strength-to-weight ratio that is several times higher than aluminium and steel, which makes it a great fit for applications where a low weight is crucial while maintaining strength and stiffness. It is specifically CFRP in pre-impregnated form, so called pre-preg, which has made its way into the aircrafts. Pre-preg is an anisotropic material that lets the designer control its properties to a high level of detail. Analogously to the material becoming used more widely in the aerospace industry the costs have decreased as the manufacturing methods have developed to follow the demands. However, how material and manufacturing method change the requirements and affect a product's design and performance can be hard to determine.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2097
Sylvain Laporte, Cosme De Castelbajac, Mathieu Ladonne
The Vibration Assisted Drilling (VAD) process has been implemented in Automated Drilling Units (ADU) on an industrial scale for almost a decade. Today more than 11000 ADUs are equiped with VAD systems and currently used on aircraft assembly lines. As well as drawing up a short report on the use of this new process, the authors make an assessment on new challenges that VAD has to face up. Indeed production rates are increasing and ADU manufacturers improve their technologies, one of the most recent and major development concerning the electrical motorization of the machines. These evolutions are as many opportunities for the VAD provided you have a clever understanding as well as an expert knowledge of the process. Thus the authors propose a new dynamic model of the whole VAD system which integrates the behavior of the part, cutting tool/material pair and the machine. The confrontation of model results and experimental validation tests demonstrates the relevance of the works.
2016-09-27
Technical Paper
2016-01-2123
Matthias Busch
The integration of omega stringers to panels made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) by adhesive bonding, which are joined together in an autoclave, must be subject to high quality standards. Defects such as porosity, kissing bonds, voids or inclusion must be detected safely to guaranty the functionality of the component. Therefore, an inspection system is required to verify these bonds and detect different kinds of defects. In this contribution, the advantages of a robotic inspection system, which will be achieved through continuous testing, will be introduced. The testing method is the active thermography. The active thermography has major advantages compared with other non-destructive testing methods. Compared to testing with ultrasonic there is no coupling medium necessary, thus testing will be significantly enhanced.
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