1995 - 2000
Rocket burner for oil-fired boilersRocket technology for the home – the non-luminous burner technology developed by DLR enabled us to develop highly energy-efficient fuel-oil burners that are soot-free and particularly low-polluting.
Disc laserMore power output thanks to the improved cooling afforded by the disc geometry. Lasers of this kind combine the advantages of CO2 and solid-state lasers. They may reach a power output of up to 16kW.
Game rescuerThe game rescuer detects animals hidden in tall grass and thus saves them from deadly mower injuries. Using microwave as well as infrared sensor technology, the platform can be mounted on combine harvesters.
Smart farming sensorA laser-based sensor attached to a tractor figures out the nutrient and fertiliser requirements of crops in real time.
Asuro robot kitThe Asuro robot kit enables hobbyists to build their own wireless-programmable home robot for a small sum.
Door edge sensorA pressure sensor based on polymer fibre-optic cables prevents passengers from being caught in the automatic doors of buses and trains.
Early warning system for forest firesMounted on towers, the sensor of this automated early warning system for forest fires reliably detects smoke in an area of 700km², day or night. Images are processed locally. When smoke is detected, direction and distance data together with relevant images are transmitted to a control centre, where further steps will be initiated.
Laser-based pipeline monitorMounted in a helicopter, this laser-based surveillance system detects even extremely small leakages in natural-gas pipelines from the air. Labour- and cost-intensive patrols are no longer needed.
Fast-switching ball valveOriginally developed as a highly sensitive control nozzle for satellites, this electromagnetically actuated ball valve meters infinitesimal quantities of fluids and switches within milliseconds.
Digital aerial cameraWhen digital aerial cameras were launched on the market, flight times shrank by 75 to 85% compared to those required by analog cameras because all relevant spectral channels could be recorded simultaneously. Moreover, these cameras permit combining digital stereo and colour image information with local position data.
Crash absorber elementMade of CFC, this crash tube is installed in car steering columns. In case of a crash, it prevents the steering column from penetrating into the interior and progressively absorbs the impact energy.
Ceramic brake linersFibre-ceramic brake systems for high-speed elevators in high-rise buildings. Their outstanding characteristic is longevity.
Space mouseThe space mouse is a computer input device for controlling robots and objects in virtual spaces and three dimensions. Today, it is most frequently used in CAD applications and 3-D computer games.
Ceramic brake discOriginally, silicon carbide was used to make thermal-protection tiles for spare capsules. Developed into brake discs for sports cars, the material is 70% lighter than a steel brake disc. At up to 1600°C, its heat resistance is twice as high as that of steel, and its braking performance and service life are clearly superior.
Injection-moulding process for CFCsFully automated process chain for mass-producing complex volumetric components with three-D curved surfaces for use in the aircraft and automobile industry.
Contact strip for current collectorsThis low-vibration contact strip minimises material wear in current collectors and catenaries. It was developed especially for high-speed trains.
Lightweight robotCompared to conventional industrial robots, this type not only features lightweight materials. More importantly, it has cognitive skills which make it versatile enough to assemble increasingly complex products. The robot can yield to external forces and adapt to changing working conditions.
Departure managerThe departure manager supports air traffic controllers in optimising departure sequences in airports. In this way, bottlenecks and delays can be avoided.
Potential-Seebeck microprobeThe potential-Seebeck microprobe serves to measure the homogeneity of various materials. It is particularly suitable for semiconductor quality inspections.
Real-time traffic information for satnavsA method developed by DLR uses anonymised position data from road users moving with the traffic. Supplied by mobile phones and tracking systems, these vehicle data are processed centrally to determine the fastest routes and communicated to satnav systems in real time.
UV-Check ServiceIn real time, this position-based SMS and Web polling service determines the time it takes to develop sunburn, taking into account the local UV concentration, cloud cover, and skin type.
Laser Ethernet Transceiver
The mobile, compact laser communication terminal allows high-speed data transfer rates of over 1 Gbit/s for visual connections of 50 km and more. The receiving station can be adaptively tracked and is therefore suitable for data connections by air (air-to-air or air-to-ground). The laser free-space communication is, in contrast to microwave radio links, interference-free and eavesdropping-proof.
Vibro-tactile feedback device for visually impaired people
Vibrotac is a bracelet, in which six vibratory motors are integrated. It can guide the visually impaired or blind user with haptic pulses to the target. The integrated ultrasonic sensor detects obstacles in the environment precisely, warns the user and also supports navigation tasks within enclosed rooms. Vibrotac is a useful supplement for the blindman's stick and keeps the acoustic sensory channel free.
3D Design optimization of industrial fans
Selected mathematical methods and algorithms with their origins in the design process of fans and compressors for large turbines and aircraft engines, have been adapted and transferred to industrial fans and other turbomachinery. These can be customized and designed aerodynamically to achieve high efficiency and reduce noise emissions.
Near-term thunderstorm prediction for aviation
The product solution determines the generation and propagation of thunderstorm cells reliably using global satellite information (EUMETSAT). The data is updated at frequent intervals. An intelligent algorithm calculates a prediction of the spatial position and the state of thunderstorm cells up to an hour in advance. This leads to an increase of safety and efficiency in air traffic.
High-temperature resistant ceramic fibers
The material combines the advantages of metals, ceramics and composite materials. It is reistant to temperatures of up to 1,200 °C, lightweight, electrically non-conductive and non-brittle. Thus, it is ideal for industrial furnaces, the hardening and casting industry but also for components of high temperature gas turbines.
Modelica AlternativeVehicles libraryBased on the object-oriented Modelica programming language, the AlternativeVehicles software library contains a multitude of component models and vehicle architectures for simulating alternative drive technologies in ground-based vehicles. The software is useful in drive technology design and cost optimisation.
Train collision avoidance systemThe Railway Collision Avoidance System (RCAS) operates independently of existing rail safety installations. The latest sensors in conjunction with direct train-to-train communication ensure that drivers are warned of impending collisions.
Flexible piezoelectric converterThese compact piezoelectric energy converters are bendable and can be cost-efficiently mass-produced in any size. They can be used in noise abatement, vibration control, energy harvesting, dynamic actuator elements, and component health monitoring.