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Prediction of geometrical variations in Airbus wingbox assembly

Mozafar Saadat (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)
Roy Sim (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)
Farid Najafi (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 2 October 2007

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present a method for predicting dimensional variation in assembly processes of a wingbox structure concentrating on the assembly of skin panels to rib feet.

Design/methodology/approach

Finite element modelling and experimental tests are conducted on the rib structure based on the site measurement gathered from the Airbus assembly factory.

Findings

The results have shown that the simulated model has the capability of predicting to an acceptable degree of accuracy the overall geometrical variations of the ribs and skin panels, as well as the positional variations of each individual rib foot.

Originality/value

The authors believe that no previous research has offered a similar prediction method for large aerostructures.

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Citation

Saadat, M., Sim, R. and Najafi, F. (2007), "Prediction of geometrical variations in Airbus wingbox assembly", Assembly Automation, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 324-332. https://doi.org/10.1108/01445150710827104

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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