DLR's artificial bird: realistic simulation of aircraft/animal accidents

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  • Realitätsnahe Simulation von Flugzeug/Tier%2dUnfällen: DLR%2dKunstvogel

    DLR's artificial bird

    Aircraft should be able to return safely to their airport even after a bird strike. However, real birds are still being used for certifying finished components. To avoid this practice in the future, the DLR Institute of Structures and Design is working on an improved artificial bird which resembles a real bird in the damage it causes.

Aircraft should be able to return safely to their airport even after a bird strike. When developing particularly vulnerable structures such as tail planes, leading wing edges, or engines, therefore, manufacturers use computer simulations and shoot bird dummies at the object. However, real birds are still being used for certifying finished components. To avoid this practice in the future, the DLR Institute of Structures and Design is working on an improved artificial bird which resembles a real bird in the damage it causes. To achieve this, scientists are investigating every single step, from the production of the artificial bird to finding the right shooting technology. They aim to develop a test method which uses artificial birds that is reproducible and can be accepted by the authorities for certifying aircraft structures.

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17/08/2012 13:54:51