Flying-Tiger From Germany, joined Aug 1999, 4111 posts, RR: 39 Posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 8600 times:
Quote: Airbus's Premium Aerotec division has taken delivery of a new autoclave it will use in manufacture of forward fuselage sections for the A350 XWB. The autoclave, priced at €6 million ($8.6 million), is 27m (89ft) long and 8m high, and will be installed in a new A350-dedicated production hall at Premium Aerotec's plant in Nordenham, Germany.
In addition, Airbus has recently introduced the fourth sea-going vessel for the module-transport between the various plant. As of today four vessels ply between Germany (Hamburg, Nordneham, Stade), the UK, France and Spain to shuffle parts for the Airbus production. Three large vessels, one smaller coastal vessel (MV "Kugelbake") for shipments between Nordenham, Stade and Hamburg.
Frigatebird From Netherlands, joined Jun 2008, 1197 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7976 times:
Quoting Astuteman (Reply 9): It's a tiddler though, isn't it?
The A380's autoclaves are 43m long...
Question from someone very much totally unfamiliar with this kind of manufacturing: why doesn't Airbus use the A380 autoclave for the A350 as well? How long will it take to cure the components for one A380 and one A350 for example? Can't imagine it will take more than one day for one section of an airframe, but, as said, I'm not at all familiar with these processes.
The A350's fuselage autoclave is 8m in diameter.
The A380's wing panel autoclaves are only 6m diameter (but 43m long....).
And they're in North Wales, in the middle of the A380 wing assembly line, not in Germany.
They're used to creep-form the huge aluminium skin panels for the A380's wings into that beautiful complex curved shape. It takes 24 hurs per panel, and there are 10 on each wing.
a) size and shape
c) they already have a day job..