Project: Large volume metrology in industry

Large volume metrology is the measurement of the size, location, orientation and shape of large objects such as car, plane and ship parts. As these objects are often too large to transport, the measurements need to be made at industrial locations. Laser trackers, photogrammetry and indoor GPS are the instruments commonly used to make these measurements, but all are limited by technical issues and the environment in which they operate. For example, a measurement made on a factory floor or in an aircraft hangar will not be as accurate as one made in a dedicated measurement laboratory. This project will develop new systems for large volume metrology as well as the necessary knowledge to make existing methods faster, more flexible and more accurate in industrial environments. By improving measurement quality, it will provide new opportunities for designing complex parts such as aircraft laminar flow wings, which can help significantly reduce aircraft emissions.

Acronym IND53 LUMINAR (Reference Number: IND53)
Duration 01/06/2013 - 31/05/2016
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2012 - Industry, SI Broader Scope and Open Excellence

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Conservatoire national des arts et metiers Partner France
3 Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica Partner Italy
4 Central Office of Measures Partner Poland
5 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany
6 Airbus Operations Limited Observer United Kingdom
7 SIOS Meßtechnik GmbH Observer Germany
8 The University of Sheffield Observer United Kingdom
9 University of Bath United Kingdom
10 University College London United Kingdom