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International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering
 
  Acronym: VERDI
  Reference: AST4-CT-2005516046
  Title: Virtual Engineering for Robust manufacturing with Design Integration.
  Partners: VOLVO AERO CORPORATION, CIMNE, LTU, HTU, ROLLS-ROYCE, UNOTT, MTU-AE, WZL, UNIV.KARLSRUHEITP, ITP, AICIA, TECHSPACE AERO, CENAERO, AVIO, POLIT. TORINO, ENGINSOFT
  Project Leader: VOLVO AERO CORPORATION
  Contractor: EUROPEAN COMMISSION
  Program: FP6 - Aeronautics&Space
  Duration: Initial date:  01/09/2005    Final date:   31/08/2009
  Web: www.verdi-fp6.org
  Professor in charge Michele Chiumenti
  Sumary:
  Six major aero engine and component manufacturers, together with six universities and three research institutes have joined their expertise and resources in the VERDI proposal to reach beyond the current state-of-the-art in manufacturing process simulation. The aim of VERDI is to contribute to winning global leadership for European aeronautics by developing a new generation of engineering technologies that allows for complete virtual manufacturing of structural aero engine components integrated with the design process and manufacturing. This technology enables the combined effect of all manufacturing processes to be taken into account already during design so that robust manufacturing methods are designed into the component. This will minimize the cost and lead time due to physical trials and long feedback times from manufacturing to design. The technology to be developed will trigger a quantum step in cost reduction for design or re-design of new or existing aero engine components.
VERDI will strengthen the competitiveness of the European aero engine manufacturers through the achievement of the following technical objectives:
" Development of multi scale numerical simulation tools for key manufacturing processes.
" Integration of numerical tools for process simulation, enabling virtual fabrication.
" Integration of manufacturing process simulation with design, enabling functional evaluationusing the as-manufactured state of the component.
" Integration of numerical process simulation tools with off-line programming.
" Implementation of manufacturing simulation in Europe's aero engine industry

These objectives will contribute to "Strengthening Competitiveness" with:

" 25% reduced engine development time.
" 5% lower engine development cost.

The work plan of the project hinges upon five technical work packages with clearly defined
deliverables and milestones and one work package for the project management.