Wing Design, Manufacture and Assembly (WDMA)

Airbus’ is Wing of the Future programme, supported by the ATI, aims to secure a robust set of innovative technologies at the integrated wing-level and an industrial capability to deploy those concepts in order to ensure Airbus’ programme needs related to wing can be satisfied over the next 20 years.

Wing Design, Manufacture and Assembly (WDMA) is a key project within the Wing of the Future Programme which focused on the development of wing-box structural concept and build solutions that are able to satisfy the requirements for very high production-rates and low costs, which are essential to meet the business-case for future products. In conjunction with other projects within the Wing of the Future collaborative framework, WDMA will be organised in three key phases, each of approximately two years duration. WDMA includes a number of critical wing technology streams for Airbus including design, optimisation and innovative manufacturing processes for a future wing configuration. The project is supported by a selection of strategic partners from respected research and industrial fields.

Short Title: WDMA
Project Number: 113027
Project Cost: £13,834,246
End Date: 30th Sep 2017
Time Horizon: Exploit
Lead Partner: Airbus Operations Limited
Attributes: Safety, Fuel Efficiency, Environment, Cost, Operational Needs & Flexibility
ATI Value Stream: Aerostructures of the future