Conceptual Design for Assembly in aerospace industry: a method to assess manufacturing and assembly aspects of product architectures

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Bouissiere, Francois (2); Cuiller, Claude (2); Dereux, Pierre-Eric (2); Malchair, Corentin (2); Favi, Claudio (1); Formentini, Giovanni (1)
Series: ICED
Institution: University of Parma
Section: Product Architecture and Modularization
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ISSN: 2220-4342


In recent years, the air transport market has quickly grown, creating new civil aircrafts demand, challenging the actual production rate of aerospace industries. The bottleneck of the current civil aircrafts production rate lies in the capability of the manufacturing and assembly facilities in relation to the aircrafts architecture design.

The aim of this work is to develop a methodology and a related mathematical model that can be used at the conceptual design phase for the assessment of criticalities related to the product assemblability. The methodology allows to recognize modules and/or interfaces which are mostly affecting the assembly time providing a design tool for the comparison and evaluation of product architecture alternatives.

A preliminary application has been done on the nose-fuselage of a civil aircraft for passenger transport. The test case provides interesting outcome in the identification of modules and module interfaces which are strongly affecting the assembly phase and required a re-arrangement (new architecture design) for the process improvement.

Keywords: Conceptual design, Product architecture, Design for X (DfX), Aerospace industry, Product manufacturing and assembly


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