After a journey by sea and road that lasted over two weeks, the world's largest research autoclave has reached its destination at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Stade. Road signs had to be taken down and motorways closed to transport the cylinder, measuring 27 metres in length and with a diameter of 6.5 metres, to the DLR Center for Lightweight Production Technology (Zentrum für Leichtbauproduktionstechnologie; ZLP). The autoclave will be used to cure composite aircraft components at elevated pressures and temperatures – much like the principle employed by pressure cookers.
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