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Digital Mock Up

A “master” reference

Airbus’ use of the digital mock-up (DMU) helps speed up an aircraft’s development, and optimises the installation of systems and other hardware.
Airbus’ use of the digital mock-up (DMU) helps speed up an aircraft’s development, and optimises the installation of systems and other hardware.

Development of Airbus’ next-generation A350 XWB is benefitting from a number of innovations, each of which will help ensure this widebody jetliner shapes the future of aviation upon its commercial service entry. 

Among the most prominent of these technologies is Airbus’ single digital mock-up (DMU) – a virtual computer-generated model of the aircraft – which is being used as the “master” reference for the entire A350 XWB team.  Its utilization will extend throughout the widebody jetliner’s entire lifecycle, beginning with the concept phase.

Accelerating development

The creation of a highly detailed single mock-up that is shared by all helps to speed up development, as everyone on the programme – no matter where they are located – can work as a virtual team, sharing the very latest information during each phase of development and manufacturing.

 

The DMU’s functionality extends through to simulating and validating the industrial manufacturing processes at an early stage in development. It can also be used to show airlines what their aircraft’s interior will look like, and even to train maintenance teams in advance.

 

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