New £30 Million Research Programme Set to Revolutionise Aircraft Wing Design and Manufacture

New £30 Million Research Programme Set to Revolutionise Aircraft Wing Design and Manufacture

The design and manufacture of aircraft wings is set to be revolutionised with a new £30 million research programme led by a group of 13 partners. The programme will allow VIEWS (Validation and Integration of Manufacturing Enablers for Future Wing Structures) to develop wing design, manufacture and assembly technologies so that they are near to being ready for use in the aerospace market, and has been backed by the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). They will also select some other novel technologies that may be suitable for further development in the future.

Design and Production of Aircraft Wing Architecture

The programme will be based on technologies that have emerged from the structures technology maturity (STeM) research programme and will indentify tools and other manufacturing requirements to produce wing architectures and improve the process design and flow of production. The programme will also study inspection and repair tools and progress various composite and metallic manufacturing and assembly processes.

Increased Quality, Consistency and Speed of Production

GKN Aerospace technical director Rich Oldfield said: “STeM saw us make valuable progress and VIEWS will work from that base, taking us nearer to market readiness with a new generation of automated processes and technologies that will extend what we in the UK are able to manufacture, at the same time as increasing the quality, consistency and speed of production.”

VIEWS Programme Partners

Partners of the VIEWS programme include the Universities of Nottingham, Bath, Bristol and Sheffield Hallam; as well as five of the UK’s high value manufacturing catapult centres: the National Composites Centre, the Manufacturing Technology Centre, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (the University of Sheffield), the Warwick Manufacturing Group (the University of Warwick) and the Advanced Forming Research Centre (the University of Strathclyde). The four industrial partners involved are as follows: GKN Aerospace, Bombardier Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, and GE Aviation.

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