This workshop will address the challenges related to the assembly of composite structure and cover a broad spectrum of factors across a range of disciplines – design, manufacturing, quality and logistics. Within these disciplines, there are many elements that affect the cost and the time required to assemble composite parts and components into subassemblies and assemblies. In this workshop these factors will be addressed and their impact on fabrication and assembly cost and schedule discussed in more detail. The context of the workshop is focused on aircraft structure, but many of the principles and ideas apply to structures in marine, transportation, energy and other industrial sectors.
The workshop discussion will revolve around three basic topics:
- Weight savings
- Part count reduction
- Design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA)
There is a great deal of interrelationship between these topics and the usual set of trade-offs and compromises that are needed to develop the right balance to meet economic and performance objectives. Weight optimization often leads to increased design complexity and more difficult manufacturing. Part count reduction can provide weight savings and assembly savings, but increased detailed part manufacturing complexity. The trade-offs require a systems level perspective to achieve the best overall approach. The argument will be made that it all falls under the umbrella of DFMA.