Aircraft Industrialization Process: A Systematic and Holistic Approach to Ensuring Integrated Management of the Engineering Process

  • José Manuel Lourenço da SaúdeEmail author
  • José Miguel Silva
Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)


Aircraft production is a complex and lengthy process which involves a judicious selection of materials in combination with the option of various production processes. The objective of this chapter is twofold: the first part encompasses the evolution of aircraft materials and related techniques, underlying their impact in the complete life cycle of an aircraft; the second part describes the industrialization process to allow manufacturing of airplanes. It essentially deals with the specific process where engineering is involved namely in terms of the various steps that need to be taken to generate the information essential for the process. It includes also the connection to specific ERP modules such as MRP II and CRP which are essential to the management of aircraft production.


Friction Stir Weld Life Cycle Cost Electron Beam Weld Enterprise Resource Planning Single Part 
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Auxiliary power unit


Bill of materials


Build to print


Build to spec


Carbon fiber reinforced polymer


Capacity resources planning


Electron beam welding


Enterprise resources planning


First article inspection


Final assembly line


Fiber reinforced polymer


Friction stir welding


Gas tungsten arc welding


Heat affected zone


Laser beam welding


Manufacturing resources planning


Original equipment manufacturer


Out of autoclave




Product breakdown structure


Resin film infusion


Resin transfer moulding


Type certificate


Vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding


Work breakdown structure


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Authors and Affiliations

  • José Manuel Lourenço da Saúde
    • 1
    Email author
  • José Miguel Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Aerospace SciencesUniversity of Beira InteriorCovilhãPortugal

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