Aircraft Wing Factory Taking Shape
By Steve Hall
May 24, 2011 - Bombardier has begun installing
semi-automated jigs at its new wing facility in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, to support assembly of the advanced
composite wings for the all-new CSeries aircraft.
The jigs, fixed machinery that will be used to assemble the primary structural components of the composite wing torque box, are being installed in the second phase of a new, state-of-the-art 600,000 sq. ft. (55,742 m2) manufacturing and assembly facility.
The first phase of the new factory, which will
accommodate the fabrication of the composite components,
was completed on schedule towards the end of 2010. Bombardier?s
Belfast operation is responsible for the design,
manufacture and integration of the advanced composite
wings for the CS100 and CS300 jets, including all flight
control surfaces and high-lift systems.
Bombardier?s Belfast operation is responsible for the design, manufacture and integration of the advanced composite wings for the CS100 and CS300 jets, including all flight control surfaces and high-lift systems.
primary structural components of the wings will be produced
using the unique Resin Transfer Infusion (RTI) process that has
been developed by Bombardier Aerospace, Belfast engineers.
are highly automated and will allow us to control the assembly
of the wings with a high degree of precision. We already
installed a specially designed assembly jig to produce a
pre-production wing technology demonstrator, and are now
applying what we have learned from this to the actual production
assembly jigs. We are confident that, working with our
suppliers, we have implemented a tooling process that meets our
high production standards,? continued Mr. Ryan.
summer, Bombardier successfully completed the ultimate load test
on the CSeries aircraft composite pre-production wing,
replicating 150 per cent of the most severe forces the wing is
ever likely to experience in service. The pre-production wing is
part of the overall complex research and development program
that Bombardier has undertaken to ?prove out? the new
technology, manufacturing and assembly processes it is applying
to the composite wing.
all production equipment has been installed in the fabrication
section of the new wing facility, which comprises a production
area and low contamination ?clean room? area. Equipment
installed includes a fabric cutter, a multiple-axis machine
cell, pre-formers, an autoclave and non-destructive testing
equipment. Production of the CSeries aircraft advanced composite
wings is due to begin later this year.
The CSeries aircraft, which are optimized for the single-aisle 100- to 149-seat market, will deliver the lowest operating costs in their class, exceptional operational flexibility, widebody comfort and an unmatched environmental scorecard.
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