|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Placed On:||17th June 2019|
|Closes:||31st July 2019|
Location: Airbus Filton and National Composites Centre, Bristol
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018, it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats.
The challenge presented to Manufacturing Engineering is to deliver the industrial solution to produce composite structures consistently and at the desired rate and cost targets. However, for new processes, manufacturing capability information may not be fully available or understood at the concept stage, which could lead to expensive late design changes, material and process mitigations.
Composite materials have found a widespread application in wide-body aircraft, such as the A350XWB. To successfully translate the benefits of composites to narrow-body aircraft, an order of magnitude increase in rate will be required. State of the art manufacturing methods requiring deposition and processing of pre-impregnated materials may not satisfy rate and cost targets, necessitating a shift towards higher rate processes which involve pre-forming dry reinforcements and subsequent infusion methods to create composite structures.
Project Aims and Objectives
The aim of this project is to improve forming process simulations to support material deployment strategies for large-scale next-generation aerospace structures. Ultimately such an approach can help to obtain the highest level of quality and mechanical performance possible for the composite structure whilst meeting the set production rate requirements. Furthermore a wider range of processing conditions in combination with material configurations can be explored virtually to supplement experimental findings.
The objectives of the project include:
The candidate will have the opportunity to work with a team of engineers as part of the Airbus Wing of Tomorrow development programme.
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Stipend: £20,450k p.a.
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