Towards Information Management Framework for Digital Twin in Aircraft Manufacturing

Sumit Singh, Essam Shehab, Nigel Higgins, Kevin Fowler, John A. Erkoyuncu, Peter Gadd

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Aircraft manufacturing industries often evolve in the ecosystem of complex designs and manufacturing processes associated with large volume of information generated along the lifecycle. Digital Twin (DT) technology has the potential of leveraging such information to provide useful insights benefiting the overall business in many ways. Information Management (IM) for DT is still an ongoing challenge for many industries, thus leaving a considerable research gap. In this paper, an IM framework for DT in the aircraft manufacturing sector is proposed. The key phases and elements of IM are discussed on which the framework is constructed. The potential application of the framework along aircraft lifecycle is further discussed. The framework not only provides an effective approach to managing information but also opens new research prospects in DT domain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia CIRP
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event8th CIRP Global Web Conference on Flexible Mass Customisation, CIRPe 2020 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: Oct 14 2020Oct 16 2020


  • Aircraft Manufacturing
  • Digital Twin (DT)
  • Information Management (IM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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