Aerospace Assembly Structures

The adoption of breakthrough engineering technologies, such as the use of composite materials for large aircraft sections, combined with global redistribution of roles and responsibilities between the OEM, partners and suppliers, make collaboration and process optimization critical to reduce risks, design inconsistencies, delays and poor product quality. Coordinating the development of an aircraft’s assembly structures is daunting when pressures increase to meet complex design requirements and pressing delivery target. Ongoing engineering changes – especially in cases where multiple configurations are involved – can make it difficult to keep bill of materials (BOMs) and other product data accurate and synchronized across the supply-chain. 

Dassault Systèmes’ Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for Aerospace Assembly Structures supports all the activities required for designing and manufacturing aircraft structural parts and the tools required to build them. The solution includes dedicated applications to define simple to complex multi-pocket 5-axis machined parts, straight-formed to hydro-formed sheet-metal parts, as well as composite parts with complex design configuration and manufacturing processes such as RTM (Resin Transfer Molding), hand lay-up, or automated tape-laying. Dedicated features enable engineers to focus on design intent rather than geometry creation. As a result, high quality products with more innovative features that meet customer requirements can be produced at lower costs.

Design in context and relational design capabilities inherent with this solution enable early communication between design, analysis, manufacturing and services engineering teams across the extended enterprise. It allows aircraft manufacturers to constantly monitor product performance and costs implications of design decisions while accelerating design iterations and reducing late-cycle engineering changes.  In addition to reducing costs and product development time, Dassault Systèmes’ PLM system provides a means tomaximize the use of company’s intellectual capital. By enforcing common methodologies and processes for collective development of the product, it facilitates continuous capturing and enrichment to the company’s intellectual property on new and derivative programs.

Dassault Systemes’ solution for Aerospace Assembly structures combines Dassault Systèmes’ proven structure engineering best practices and was developed through deep understanding of the unique engineering demands of the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) industry. It is the reason why 3DS PLM systems is the most widely deployed product development solution in the A&D industry today.

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Aerospace Assembly Structure Solution includes:

  • Machined part design to manufacturing preparation
  • Sheet metal design to manufacturing preparation
  • Composite part design to manufacturing preparation
  • Analysis and simulation for designers

We can automatically build complex assemblies in hours instead of weeks, based on rules and parameters.

Warren Potts Technical Support Director, Goodrich Aerostructures