Advanced Manufacturing is a strategic sector of the Canadian economy, representing 11% of GDP (larger than the oil & gas sector, the mining sector and the forestry sector) employing some 1.7m Canadians. 1,300 Canadian companies are integrated into a hugely competitive international supply chain for automotive and aerospace production. UBC is Canada’s leading centre of research excellence in advanced manufacturing with deep expertise in metals and composites, virtual machining and clean energy manufacturing. To maintain our national competitive advantage, it is absolutely essential that we navigate the digital transformation of manufacturing: the ubiquitous capture of data to plan, monitor and control factory operations, the use of new predictive models of materials, processes and products, the development of intelligent automation systems.
The UBC composites team – Poursartip, Ferlund, Vaziri, Ko worked with Boeing over the entire lifetime of the 787’s development, to design the breakthrough simulations that made it possible, for the first time, to model the cooking and curing of large structural composite components.