InDiCaT - Intelligent Digital Cabin Twin

Hollistic virtualisation of the product livecycle in aviation with the focus on component manufacturing and cabin modification.


Planning of Cabin- and Component-Modifications and retro-fit operations in aviation are currently mostly based on a multitude of documents. These documents are created and constantly adapted during the aircrafts livephases including maintenance, repair and retro-fit operations. Because of uncertainties regarding the completeness, currentness and availability the actual state of the aircraft is often unknown during the planing of these operations. As the documents are mostly unlinked and interconnections not documents the sourcing of the required information is a time-consuming task. Flawed plannings and assumptions lead to extensive laytimes of the aircraft resulting in higher overall costs.


The main objective of the project is, to enable a way to gather all required information about the current state of an aircraftcabin and its components throughout its product life and provide these information to engineering processes in form of a Digital Twin. Additionally, services that are based on these information and enhance or improve engineering processes are explored. In this regards, InDiCaT builts upon the results and experiences of the LuFo V-2 Project Kabine 4.0.

Research Method

Based on Data- and Sytemmodelles a plattform will be developed, that eneables the handling of these information. Subsequently services that use, enhance or generate new information and benefit maintenance or engineering processes are explored.

Project Organisation

Project Lead: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Krause

Projekt Execution: Fabian Laukotka, M.Sc.

The project is part of the Field of Application Aviation.

Funding and Partners

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economical Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the sixth Federal Aeronautical Research Programm (LUFO VI-1). The project started in 2020 and will continue until December of 2023.

In cooperation with i.a. Lufthansa Technik and as well as the TUHH Insititut für Flugzeug-Produktionstechnik (IFPT).