New Case Study: Optical 3D Metrology Supports Certification of Airbus A350
February 2015 - A new case study has been published entitled Optical 3D Metrology Supports Certification of Airbus A350 - Airbus supplier FACC and subsidiary CoLT integrate non-contact sensors in fatigue and structure testing.
To reduce weight and fuel consumption, the aerospace industry increasingly relies on lightweight materials and new material combinations. That’s why the entire fuselage of the Airbus A350 XWB consists of carbon fiber composite (CFC) materials. In total, the long-haul aircraft reaches a CFC portion of 53%. In addition, Airbus uses materials such as titanium and new aluminum alloys. As a result, the A350 consumes about one quarter less fuel than conventionally constructed aircrafts and environmentally harmful CO2 emissions are reduced correspondingly.
Optical Metrology Replaces Conventional Methods
However, these lightweight materials and new material combinations must meet the same high standards of performance, safety and durability as traditional materials. Accordingly, the materials and the components manufactured from them are tested intensively. To this end, the aerospace industry increasingly relies on optical metrology. The non-contact systems provide data for part geometries as well as for 3D displacements and deformations. Static and dynamic deformations are determined based on individual points or full-field measurements. The measurement data optimize simulation and design processes and thus increase aircraft safety.
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