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Eco Process Engineering System for composition of services to optimize product life cycle

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BC 3 EADS: EADS UK Limited through EADS Innovation Works UK (EADS-IW is the research and technology arm of EADS. EADS-IW creates added value by technology innovation, sharing competences and means between the various partners of EADS.
In the aerospace Industry, decisions such as making aircraft wings of metallic or composite material need to be considered at an early stage in the product life-cycle. The recent step into composite aircraft is based on the performance advantages that can be achieved. For instance, it reduces significantly the weight and therefore lowers the fuel consumption. However, it has created a disruption requiring the generation of know-how not only at the design stage but across the lifecycle of the product.
Within EPES, EADS is focused on the assessment of productivity and sustainability KPIs on wing designs defined at the conceptual stage. At this point on the aircraft lifecycle, several designs are evaluated using a multidisciplinary optimisation approach. One of the disciplines involved in this process is manufacturing. Apart from the design for manufacturing evaluations made to qualify a design for the available manufacturing, productivity is also taken into account as an input to wing cost. In this assessment, discrete event simulation is a powerful tool to predict the performance of the potential manufacturing system that will produce the aircraft wing.
The research proposed for the EPES project is in line with the requirements for the selected scenario. The work will enable EADS to use the EPES concept to extend and scale up the functionality of an existing prototype tool aimed to run what-if scenarios of wing components manufacturing and assembly based on composite manufacturing process. The functional extension will consist on the addition of sustainability viewpoint to the productivity one already considered in the prototype, (but subject to further enhancements). On the other hand, the functional scaling up will be based on the adoption of the EPES service-oriented methods and tools.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 285093