GKN partnership to develop digital twin technology


GKN Aerospace is partnering with the research company the Centre for Modelling and Simulation to develop new simulation technologies for use in aircraft manufacturing.

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) will develop the engineering and manufacturing processes at the recently-announced £32m (US$41m) Global Technology Centre (GTC).

Research will support the development of digital twins – digital replicas of physical products, processes or services to help reduce time inefficiencies and the high costs associated with traditional physical prototypes. The simulation data from these digital twins can then be used to inform key product and process decisions in the GTC.

Ian Risk, chief technology officer at CFMS said, “Our Memorandum of Understanding with GKN Aerospace delivers on our strategy to form meaningful alliances with industry that will explore new ways of working and bolster our vision to transform design, engineering and manufacturing through advanced digital services.”

Paul Perera, vice president of technology, at GKN Aerospace said, “By bringing together our resources, alongside a number of other academic and industry partners, we hope to continue broadening the UK’s already significant engineering expertise.”

CFMS provides a neutral digital testbed to help high value manufacturing organisations like GKN Aerospace to develop their own digital engineering capabilities. The company also enables the adoption and acceleration of new technologies for modelling and simulation that support industrial digitalisation.

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Ben has worked as a journalist and editor, covering technology, engineering and industry for the last 20 years. Initially writing about subjects from nuclear submarines to autonomous cars to future design and manufacturing technologies, he was editor of a leading UK-based engineering magazine before becoming editor of Aerospace Testing in 2017.

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