The tail is the only barrel section that does not require a breakdown cure mandrel. Actually, winding on a male mold is fast, and the number of assembly operations, costly in terms of manufacturing steps, is reduced (no longitudinal joints). Composite materials can be used to make one or more parts of an aircraft fuselage. As will be explained in further detail below, in the method of the disclosed embodiments each section is made in a single piece with a diameter noticeably larger than the desired diameter for the final section. The author’s perspective on several development, military, and production programs that have influenced and affected the current state of commercial fuselage production is presented. The A350 fuselage frames are attached only at the crowns of the omega stiffeners using secondary clips. The technology was in its infancy as ATK was developing tow placement (as it was more commonly referred to originally) from its roots in filament winding technology. Our readership spans scientists, professors, researchers, librarians, and students, as well as business professionals. Commercial aircraft fuselages have traditionally been built out of a composition that consists mainly of aluminium and it still seems to be… Like many similar terms, in the 1980s “linear” manufacturing was a code word for “lean” and non-autoclave is referred to today as out-of-autoclave or OOA processes. Alternative concepts the team considered during the review process included mechanically attached Z-section frames instead of cobonded J’s. Northrop subsequently applied this hat stiffener fabrication process technology to the fuselage of the F/A-18E/F as a prime subcontractor to Boeing on the program (Figure 9). This chapter is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Airbus has an updated design, The Beluga XL, based on the larger Airbus A330-200. 4A shows a side view of this section 4 and FIG. 26 may be implemented in aircraft manufacturing environment 100 to process fuselage sections 103. Actually, in contrast to metal panels, it is not possible in this procedure to disconnect certain panels, in other words to undo the joint of the panels, to flex the assembly, and compensate for any differences from the manufacture of each section. Source: Boeing, Coast composites. When compared with the quality and consistency of parts made with prepreg tape, tow preg and subsequent prepreg tow, was not acceptable. The disclosed embodiments also relate to an aircraft that has at least one section made in accordance with the procedure described above. In other barrel sections, a thin aluminum caul is employed, which will more closely conform to the surface of the as AFP laminated skin. Automated Processes. One concern using IML controlled cure tooling is the ability to adequately control the aerodynamic shell of the fuselage. The autoclave process has proven to be very forgiving and tolerant of variabilities that exist in raw materials, support materials, supply chain manufacturing processes and through final part fabrication. Four different fabrication processes are considered: Conventional sheet metal, high speed machined metal, hand laid-up composite, and resin transfer molded composite. At this same time Rubbercraft was working with engineers on the C-17 program to develop and manufacture inflatable silicone bladders for use on the replacement composite tail (Figure 15). The tooling, bladders and hat stiffener design allowed for the bladders to be manufactured with substantial excess length that supported multiple cure cycles despite the dimensional shrinkage of the bladder in the longitudinal direction. Brief introduction to this section that descibes Open Access especially from an IntechOpen perspective, Want to get in touch? A comparison of OML and IML cure tool approaches demonstrates some of the tradeoffs that must be considered. 5B shows that the stress is maximum in the area of the section opposite the cut area. A review of critical technologies and manufacturing advances that have enabled the evolution of the composite fuselage is described. In FIG. The IML tool requires less labor and risk for locating and maintaining locations of stiffeners and other elements and is much more simple to bag (Figures 17–20). As shown in this figure, the lateral openings correspond to a closed circular cross section. Remarkable advances in OOA technology might help provide a solution. Built-in sensing, computing, and actuation are emerging new frontiers for structures that self-tailor their properties for changing flight conditions. The true results of these decisions will not be known until more information can be collected about actual fabrication and assembly costs being realized by Boeing and Airbus. FIGS. The focus of this early research was primarily for military applications. As explained above, if this angular opening of 500 mm is not sufficient, a mini-panel can be cut off along the cut 5 according to the embodiment described above. The Dreamlifter and follows a historic trail of oversized or outsize aircraft, which includes the Airbus Beluga, that were borne out of the adage “necessity breeds invention”. During the cobonding cycle shaped tube bags are located inside the cured stiffener and are open to autoclave pressure during the cure/cobonding cycle to ensure the already cured stringer does not collapse or become damaged when subjected to autoclave pressure (Figures 36 and 37). In the past commercial aircraft fuselages have always been built using aluminum. Boeing saw an opportunity to minimize these assembly related penalties to the design by the tooling and structural arrangement approach applied on the 787. Initial applications of carbon fiber reinforced composites (CFRP) in both commercial and military aircraft were limited mostly to non-structural applications such as fairings and flight control surfaces. Actually, when making a one-piece section, the internal structure of the aircraft is installed in the section after manufacturing the skin of composite material. This longitudinal opening in the circular cross section of the section facilitates the penetration of parts, personnel, and robots into the section. This section 4b has an overlap area 6 in which the edges of the section are superimposed to permit them to be joined. One enabling capability that supports the evolution of the current state-of-practice for composite fuselage manufacturing is large autoclaves. The B-2 Stealth Bomber program was also taking place during the 1980s and provided many lessons learned related to the manufacture of large composite primary structure. On the 787, this creates a tooled surface-to-tooled surface interface creating a very predictable assembly. Alan Hiken (December 28th 2018). The part is autoclave cured and the rubber bladders removed after cure leaving the cocured, and now hollow, omega on the panel (Figure 34). 1. There were many R&D programs that were directed at high performance composites design and manufacturing activities [10]. In 1991 on aircraft 51, a composite tail was integrated into the program. Fuselage parts, cabin installation, painting and Tailfin in Germany 3. 3 represents schematically an example of a fuselage section according to the disclosed embodiments. The Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 aircraft share many similarities in size, configuration, manufacturing methods and mission (Figure 26). There are many, many, many, many research and historical, ongoing and planned for the future, development efforts focused on OOA (or non-autoclave as it was called in the 1980s) materials and processes with the goal of eliminating that monument, the autoclave. More precisely, the perimeter of the two sections to be assembled has to rigorously identical; a defect of shape can be corrected by the flexibility of the composite material, but a difference in the perimeter can absolutely not be corrected. As the industry continued to mature, material and processes became better understood and cost effectiveness improved to the level that commercial aircraft manufacturers incorporated the technology into the latest generation of wide body and other new aircraft. The ACT program also looked at separate male winding mandrels for AFP and then transferring the uncured skin to an OML cure tool. The Advanced Technology Composite Aircraft Structure (ATCAS) program was performed by Boeing as the prime contractor under the umbrella of NASA’s ACT program and focused on fuselage structures. But the ACT program allowed Boeing to better understand, study, define and refine the process to guide the technology development based on the needs of the user community. At one of the newest Boeing manufacturing locations, a new machining technology will be used to process a new choice of material within a new aircraft. This research has continued since that time and today, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), with support from industry, universities and other government agencies such as the Department of Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), continues to play a leading role in developing advanced materials for military applications. The same will not be true of OOA systems until more lessons learned have been earned. In addition, the fact that tow material does not require backing paper eliminated a perceived risk of greater machine downtime. The primary objective of the ATCAS program was to develop and demonstrate an integrated technology that enables the cost and weight effective use of composite materials in fuselage structures for future aircraft. 2. Source: CTC Stade. Already making an impact in prototyping, early design and development, and tooling applications. © 2004-2020 Research and development of high performance composite materials and processes for aerospace applications in the Unites States was first conducted in the 1940s at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio [1]. 1 represents an example of an aircraft made from panels. The fuselage skins of Airbus aircrafts certified up to 2001 were made of 2024T3, T42 or T351. New and improved nondestructive testing (NDT) methods and technologies are necessary to improve detection capabilities, meet growing inspection needs, and address future nondestructive inspection (NDI) requirements. When the cut has been made, the edges of the skin located on the two sides of the cut can be spread apart. Submitted: July 17th 2018Reviewed: October 31st 2018Published: December 28th 2018. The silicone mandrel was designed to be removed from the cured part after pulling and elongating the mandrel to reduce the cross section enough to release from the part. After cooling, the skin of composite material is detached from the mold, either by sliding it off or by disassembling the mold. Spirit even built their own liquid nitrogen generating plant onsite to service their large autoclaves (Figure 22). Almost as astounding as how the industry reinvented itself from a raw material cost saving technology to an enabling technology for large aircraft structural components. 2. A350 precured omega stringers. The hat stiffeners that run longitudinally along the skin were cocured using a silicone mandrel system developed by Northrop using Rubbercraft as a supplier. The natural draft angles allow for cured part removal by simply sliding the cured part off the mandrel. Beluga and Dreamlifter [7]. The skin of a composite fuselage allows for greater tailoring of the skin thickness than is usually incorporated into a metal fuselage. The variability seen in the quality of the resultant panels would require compensation in the design of the part, resulting in weight penalties. Tooling. A composite wing allows for a very high degree of laminate tailoring and can be designed and built for maximum efficiency. Instead Spirit elected to fabricate graphite reinforced BMI mandrels fabricated on invar cure tools and then machined to final IML dimensions (Figure 27). After installation of the systems and structures in the section, the section must be closed up by a longitudinal overlap joint. To do this, the perimeter of the section to be manufactured is: For the same reasons as for the spreading, the reassembly of the section entails a stress. Adhesive bonds degrade slowly over time and are highly dependent on surface preparation. and internal systems (electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic systems) inside the section. Numerical application give F=4 N, which is extremely low. The ACT/ATCAS program had a tremendous influence on the direction Boeing selected for the 787 program. OML tooling is less complex, less expensive, can be initiated as soon as the OML of the aircraft is established and is more forgiving of change than an IML tool. ... practice f or composite fuselage manufacturing is large a utocla ves. the cut is made on a lateral area of the section. It also has the drawback of requiring joints between the metal panels and between the sections, which creates overlapping areas with excess thickness, further increasing the weight of the aircraft. All use AFP over IML controlled male layup mandrels that also serve as cure tools. An enabler for more widespread use of bonded structure in commercial aircraft applications will be improvements in cost and capability related to quantification of real-time structural bond integrity. Process 2600 begins by holding a first fuselage section 104 in a cradle system 108 (operation 2602). To date our community has made over 100 million downloads. 7, a cross section of a section is shown after reassembly. Such a metal fuselage has the drawback of being heavy since it is wholly metallic. As the program moved through various phases, lessons learned where documented and applied to the next phase. The objective of the ACT fuselage program was to develop composite primary structure for commercial airplanes with 20–25% less cost and 30–50% less weight than equivalent metallic structure [3]. But composite wings for high rates present challenges. Today this need is handled by the Airbus A300-600ST (Super Transporter) or Beluga (Figure 25). Shared characteristics of the cauls include the ability to be individually and positively located before cure and removed individually after cure. The program helped Boeing better understand the assembly loads related to composite panel warpage from cured part spring back and cocured and/or cobonded stiffener or frame mislocation. What has ended up on production on the 787 is not the direct result of that ACT program, but the ACT program created the path for subsequent AFP development to follow and improve upon. This helps to minimize the amount of autoclave gas on the inside the bladder from being introduced into the laminate through the permeability of the bladder system. Hat stiffeners used solid silicone mandrels located longitudinally along the IML of the skin panels for cocuring. The ability of industry to produce tools using specified materials and built to the size, scale and accuracy required by aerospace and defense applications were critical factors. Help us write another book on this subject and reach those readers. It also helped to greatly simplify the bagging process which allows for the use of a broader range of operators instead of relying solely on a highly skilled mechanic. This could eliminate the possibility of damage being overlooked and reduce costly downtime for manual inspections. Tens or even hundreds of thousands of fasteners are installed this way on every airplane. a panel that has reduced dimension relative to a traditional fuselage panel. While Boeing was developing flexible IML tooling for cocuring hat stringers and cobonding frames on the ACT program, they evolved away from one-piece overall cauls to separate, individual flexible cauls constructed from graphite/epoxy fabric with a layer of Viton® fluoroelastomer and an outer layer of FEP film. The VACRS system uses a lightweight couplant and delivery/recovery system that makes it possible to conduct a C-scan with large ultrasonic arrays without the large water requirements. Contact our London head office or media team here. For the ACT program this meant meeting surface waviness criteria of ±0.025″ over a 2″ length using caul plates. Inflatable rubber bladders are located on top of the omega laminates and fill the void between the omega and the AFP skin that is laminated on top of over the assembly. The rest of the A350 fuselage structure uses cobonding to incorporate the omega stiffeners with the fuselage skin (Figure 35). It is then possible, for example, to replace the mini-panel of composite material by a metal panel capable of assuring electrical continuity of the fuselage. The company’s Bremen site is responsible for design and manufacturing of high-lift systems for the wings on all Airbus aircraft. 4B shows a front view of this same section 4. FIGS. The aspects of the disclosed embodiments relate to a method for manufacturing an aircraft fuselage section of composite material that permits the introduction of systems and elements of the aircraft and/or robots capable of installing these systems and elements into the interior of the section. The Boeing 777X has incorporated a composite wing into the design. It is a bagged surface that might use caul plates to create uniform pressure and a smooth surface, but the IML surface “floats” depending on factors such as bagging, resin bleed and initial prepreg resin content. The first step is using drawings and equations. Some questions about the future of composite fuselage are posed based on the lessons learned from today and yesterday. the radius is R=2150 mm, which corresponds to a beam length of about 6 m, the spread is d=500 mm, which corresponds to a beam deflection of 250 mm, and. 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If the blade cannot turn because it has delaminated, it is not generating any electricity in addition to the cost of repair or replacement. As production volume grew quickly, a switch to air transport was required. A first method consists of making panels of composite material singly, which are then assembled by a technique of overlapping assembly, essentially similar to that described above for metal panels. In this case, each section is made of a single part in a single step. This is not a hard process, but is critical and tedious. No conflict of interest exists with this research. As shown in FIG. 5A and 5B corresponds to a spreading of the edges sufficient to provide for the passage of a traditional installation robot, in other words a spread of the order of about 500 mm. supplementary cuts are made to obtain a piece cut off to form a mini-panel. This longitudinal joint is an overlap joint made by a technique identical with that used to manufacture sections consisting of panels of composite material. Forming process: Using Stretch Forming and rolling We manufacture the aircraft skin which Covers the aircraft structure Also for manufacturing the fuselage Which is very critical part of the Aircraft body 15. This same process has been used in the large wind blade manufacturing process and it reminds us of how challenging (and messy!) This difference in diameter corresponds to the area of overlap of the margins of the cut necessary to make the joint of said margins. The rest of the A350 fuselage follows a more conventional panel assembly approach, but with some unique manufacturing process used along the way. FUSELAGE 2 & CENTER WING STUB One of the newest project con-figuration provided for the last program launched to the market of Singel Aisle sector. 5b by arrows perpendicular to the cross section of the section 4b. The goal is noble (and not new) and the development efforts are making great progress and will, someday in the future, represent a significant (if not all) portion of the composite structure on commercial passenger aircraft—just not today. Method for manufacturing an aircraft fuselage section of composite material, comprising the following operations:manufacturing a one-piece section;cutting the section longitudinally;spreading apart two edges located on the two sides of the cut;reassembling the section and making a longitudinal joint with the two edges overlapping. Like the 787 program, liquid molding processes are used to fabricate fuselage frames which are mechanically attached to the skins. Historically, each of the Airbus partners makes an entire aircraft section, which would then be transported to a central location for final assembly—even after integration into a single company, the arrangement remained largely the same. Roll forming of stringer “C” channels is important for linear manufacturing (Figure 4). To remedy the drawbacks of the techniques described above, the disclosed embodiments propose a manufacturing method for a one-piece fuselage section in which, once the section is made, a cut is made over the entire length of said section to create a longitudinal opening on this section. A limitation of ultrasonic inspection can be the requirement to use a couplant between probe and test part. In general, programs started at a coupon level and looked at a wide range of samples to down select design approaches, materials of construction, tooling and manufacturing processes to build and test coupons, subcomponents and ultimately full scale components. Rubbercraft product improvement was focused on bladder attributes that supported increasing the number of cure cycles the bladder could be used for (Figure 16). A350 fuselage panel and tail. Boeing achieved stretch version of the 787 by extending the fuselage sections on either side of the wing center of gravity. The multi-phase program was directed toward the definition and demonstration of manufacturing methods for cocuring stringer stiffened fuselage panels using (1) existing, qualified material systems; (2) automated skin fabrication; (3) inner mold line (IML) controlled tooling; (4) non-autoclave curing technology. Included in the program were assessments of tooling, materials and process controls needed for future full-barrel fabrication like Boeing selected for the 787. Two methods are known at this time for making aircraft fuselage sections of composite material. However, the stress is small compared to the stress applied during the spreading of the margins (75 mm of overlap versus 500 mm of spread). The ability to detect weak adhesive bonds, before they disbond will lead to more integration of parts and reduced fastener count and a reduction in everything that is involved with creating holes in cured composite parts. 1, already described, represents an example of a traditional aircraft fuselage section made up of multiple panels. Boeing started to develop hat shaped silicone bladders that fed autoclave pressure into the bladder throughout the cure to provide uniform pressure throughout the stringer. An invar tool of that size and weight would have imposed very expensive requirements on the foundation of the AFP machine that winds the skin. Flat preplied laminates can be drape formed on gentle contours using IML cure tools. The panel approach used on the A350 supports long part lengths and this is reflected in Section 15 which is approximately 65′ in length. The joining of the two edges, i.e. There are four Dreamlifters in operation supporting the 787 program. Computers are used by companies during this stage to draw and plan the design. Open Access is an initiative that aims to make scientific research freely available to all. Military air vehicle platforms are more aggressive in this pursuit and the “pay-for-performance” mindset, the lower production rates and the size, visibility, and objectives of the programs allow for more flexibility in bonded structure implementation. The benefit for the military is usually not cost; the benefit for the commercial world is always cost. 3 represents schematically a fuselage section according to the disclosed embodiments with a lateral cut. The disclosed embodiments propose a method for manufacturing a fuselage section of composite material in which the section is cut longitudinally to provide a longitudinal opening between the two lateral openings. The mandrels needed to be rigid enough for handling or to be used as drape or vacuum forming mandrels; durable and capable of withstanding a 350°F autoclave cure cycle and still be able to conform to skin ply sculpting and tailoring; and be able to be extracted after cure. The 787 incorporates a “mouse hole” in the frame that nests around the hat stiffener and is attached directly to the IML of the fuselage skin. The use of AFP, invar tooling and longitudinally incorporated omega (like the Greek letter Ω) stiffeners, more traditionally called hat stiffeners, are also common between the programs. Airbus did not try to attach the frames directly to the skins because the IML of the fuselage skin is not a controlled surface. Rudder in Spain Once these parts are manufactured they are transported to Toulouse in France where the final assembly takes place. Technical advances in both computing power and commercially available, multi-axis robots and/or gantry systems, now facilitate a new generation of scanning machines. Continuous roll forming can be used to preform preplied material into “C” channels ready for tool loading (Figure 3). The main prize in the early days was $5 per lb. This procedure also provides the advantage of relieving precision problems of the perimeter of the sections to be assembled. This manufacturing tolerance T permits perimeter defects to be absorbed during the overlapping of the two edges. Even in the early days of development, industry leaders believed in the possibility of higher layup rates using AFP than was possible with hand layup, but the capabilities and the scale that the industry has achieved today is astounding. The disclosed embodiments also relate to a section made in accordance with this method. Financial pressures driven by initial program delays led to Boeing acquiring the Vought SOW including partnership in subassembly work with Alenia (Figures 30–32). The skin is made of metal panels mounted and fastened around the metal internal structure, called the internal skeleton of the aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems builds its portion of the 787 fuselage as a monolithic structure, combining an automated fiber/tape placement process with co-cured stringers to form a one-piece barrel. Similar developments include multi-functional composites—laminates that not only provide lightweight, load-bearing structures, but also perform additional functions such as energy harvesting and storage. Many of the newer NDI methods are “wide-area” inspection techniques, which enable more uniform and rapid coverage of a test surface which can improve productivity and minimize human error. Composite tooling is also used for Sections 47 and 48. 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