Special Issue "Aerospace Manufacturing"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jafar Jamshidi
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Guest Editor
Integrated Product Development Centre for Aeronautics, School of Aerospace, Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: integrated product development; aircraft design; metrology; high value manufacturing; manufacturing automation, transforming initial design to manufacturable design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Conventional aerospace manufacturing was a serial effort. Serious manufacturing considerations would only start once the design was finalized in the product development process. The large number of quality concessions during the building of aerospace product highlights the problems associated with this approach. The backlog of order delivery for almost all major aerospace manufacturing industries is a testament to the need for more manufacturable designs, and streamlined manufacturing processes that allow for a faster throughput. Integrated aircraft design, as a potential solution to this problem, necessitates two-way communications between design and manufacturing engineers, from the early stages of product development. This is intensified by the increasing level of complexity in modern airframes, and the business pressures related to regulations and competition. The ever-increasing demand for cost reductions brings additional challenges to the manufacturing, assembly and product verification processes. This can be helped with an effective utilization of advanced materials, manufacturing and metrology technologies, and computer power. Extensive collaborative R&D efforts are therefore essential for converting a well-engineered aircraft design into a cost-effective, manufacturable aircraft product. This Special Issue welcomes papers on ongoing or recently-finished research projects related to aerospace manufacturing, especially on:

  • manufacturing simulation and digital manufacturing
  • manufacturing systems development around aerospace products
  • CAD/CAM for aerospace
  • advanced materials and their impact in aerospace manufacturing
  • additive manufacturing for weight reduction in aerospace applications
  • reconfigurable manufacturing and tooling systems for aerospace assemblies
  • cloud based manufacturing
  • cooperative manufacturing
  • manufacturing and assembly automation
  • maintenance and refurbishment of high-value aerospace systems and components

Dr. Jafar Jamshidi
Guest Editor

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  • manufacturing technologies
  • manufacturing systems engineering
  • manufacturing enterprise operations
  • manufacturing automation
  • manufacturing machines
  • manufacturing simulation
  • digital manufacturing
  • composites manufacturing
  • metrology for aerospace manufacturing
  • aerospace design and manufacturing
  • composite structures and health monitoring
  • aerospace component refurbishment
  • design for manufacturing
  • design integration
  • design communication

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A Virtual Design of Experiments Method to Evaluate the Effect of Design and Welding Parameters on Weld Quality in Aerospace Applications
Aerospace 2019, 6(6), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/aerospace6060074 - 20 Jun 2019
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During multidisciplinary design of welded aircraft components, designs are principally optimized upon component performance, employing well-established modelling and simulation techniques. On the contrary, because of the complexity of modelling welding process phenomena, much of the welding experimentation relies on physical testing, which means [...] Read more.
During multidisciplinary design of welded aircraft components, designs are principally optimized upon component performance, employing well-established modelling and simulation techniques. On the contrary, because of the complexity of modelling welding process phenomena, much of the welding experimentation relies on physical testing, which means welding producibility aspects are considered after the design has already been established. In addition, welding optimization research mainly focuses on welding process parameters, overlooking the potential impact of product design. As a consequence, redesign loops and welding rework increases product cost. To solve these problems, in this article, a novel method that combines the benefits of design of experiments (DOE) techniques with welding simulation is presented. The aim of the virtual design of experiments method is to model and optimize the effect of design and welding parameters interactions early in the design process. The method is explained through a case study, in which weld bead penetration and distortion are quality responses to optimize. First, a small number of physical welds are conducted to develop and tune the welding simulation. From this activity, a new combined heat source model is presented. Thereafter, the DOE technique optimal design is employed to design an experimental matrix that enables the conjointly incorporation of design and welding parameters. Welding simulations are then run and a response function is obtained. With virtual experiments, a large number of design and welding parameter combinations can be tested in a short time. In conclusion, the creation of a meta-model allows for performing welding producibility optimization and robustness analyses during early design phases of aircraft components. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aerospace Manufacturing)
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