The recent first flight of the Airbus A350-900xwb was watched closely by a local Engineering Design office. Based at Spring Valley Estate in Braddan, Assystem (IOM) ltd carried out the structural design and analysis of the leading edge of the wing in conjunction with their office near Preston. Assystems customer for the project, Spirit Aerosystems (Europe) Ltd, is a risk sharing partner on the A350 aircraft program.
Spirit AeroSystems inc is the World’s largest supplier of Aerostructures to the Aircraft Industry.
The A350-900xwb is an all new aircraft, in its standard 3 class layout the baseline aircraft, which flew for the first time on the 14th June 2013, will carry 314 passengers. The larger -1000 variant, which Assystem (IOM) Ltd is also involved with, is at the final design stage. This aircraft has a longer range and will be able to carry 350 passengers.
The design and analytical expertise of the team at the Isle of Man office was first employed during the early conceptual phases of the project, eventually every member of the 52 strong engineering team was fully involved.
All components of the aircraft have been designed in context with a Digital mock up, DMU, being produced and managed where every single item of the Aircraft is modelled in 3D and built electronically using the latest industry software.
Extensive static and fatigue analysis of the structures was carried out and utilised Finite element modelling and post processing software.
Assystem (IOM) ltd had a major contribution to the Design and Analysis of the leading edge of the wing from its joint with the Aircraft fuselage up to and including the upward curved wingtip.