4. April 2017
German–Canadian collaboration: DLR@UBC

Ma­te­ri­als and struc­tures for glob­al mo­bil­i­ty

Ini­tia­tive DLR@UBC: Fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion
Image 1/2, Credit: DLR/UBC.

Initiative DLR@UBC: Further cooperation

DLR Chair­man Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und and the Pres­i­dent of UBC San­ta Ono at the joint meet­ing in Van­cou­ver, Cana­da.
Fo­cus on sus­tain­able en­gine de­vel­op­ment: sign­ing of the MoU
Image 2/2, Credit: DLR/UBC.

Focus on sustainable engine development: signing of the MoU

In the fu­ture, DLR, UBC and MTU Main­te­nance Cana­da will co­op­er­ate in the field of sus­tain­able en­gine de­vel­op­ment (from left to right: Hel­mut Ne­u­per, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor MTU Main­te­nance Cana­da, Pas­cale Ehren­fre­und, DLR Chair­man, He­len Burt, UBC Vice Pres­i­dent Re­search.

  • The cooperation between the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Canadian University of British Columbia (UBC) will be expanded and intensified in the coming months.
  • The focus of the partnership is the development of materials and structures for global mobility in the aviation and transport sector.
  • In addition, DLR and UBC intend to cooperate with MTU Maintenance Canada in the development of commercial aircraft engines.

Since September 2016, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and Canadian Uni­ver­si­ty of British Columbia (UBC) have been successfully collaborating as part of the DLR@UBC initiative. This partnership is set to strengthen over the next few months. The Chair of the DLR Executive Board Pascale Ehrenfreund and President of UBC Santa Ono agreed on this during a meeting in Vancouver on 31 March 2017.

"Following the launch of DLR@UBC last year, we now want to take the next steps to strategically expand our collaboration. With UBC as a partner, we are addressing global challenges such as sustainable mobility through international teamwork. At the same time, we want to encourage technology transfer and exchanges with industrial companies in both our countries and integrate this into the initiative," emphasised Ehrenfreund during her visit to Canada.

The vision of DLR@UBC builds upon the research and innovation strengths here at UBC and at DLR. There is an intensive effort in this partnership to 'move the needle' for the transfer of research, which will impact industry in Canada and in Germany. Now is the time to step forward with innovative programmes that include student mobility and new faculty appointments. I am a strong advocate for extending this opportunity system-wide at UBC, and want to be very active in supporting this partnership.

Technologies for the mobility of the future

The focus of the collaboration is on the development of materials and structures for global mobility. For this, German and Canadian researchers are working together on ideas for the factory of the future. A key element to this is the interaction between man and machine in the production process. The development of technologies in the field of fibre composites, as well as lightweight construction and concepts for road and rail vehicles are additional important focal points of interest.

Alongside joint research projects and workshops, the exchange of scientists, students and doctoral candidates forms a key part of the initiative. Two DLR liaison offices at the UBC campus and one UBC office at DLR's site in Augsburg are coordinating the German –Canadian collaboration and establishing contact with industrial companies.

Sustainable engines: cooperation with MTU Maintenance Canada

As part of the visit, the DLR, UBC and MTU Main­te­nance Cana­da signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The company is dedicated to the maintenance of aircraft engines and is part of MTU Aero En­gines, a global engine manufacturer. In the future, the partners want to pool their expertise and conduct joint research in the field of sustainable and economical aeroengines. The DLR@UBC initiative also includes collaborations with industry partners KU­KA and Ford USA.

For the future: further research topics and joint programmes

In addition to a joint doctoral programme and joint assignments, new topics will be added, which will involve other DLR institutes and UBC faculties participating in the DLR@UBC initiative. This includes research into sustainable engines for aircraft with a particular focus on components, combustion processes and the use of biofuels – as well as the topics of digitalisation, augmented reality, Big Data and quantum computing. Furthermore, additional UBC liaison offices will be opened at DLR sites.

Currently involved institutes and faculties

From DLR, the To the In­sti­tute's web­site and the Institute of Vehicle Concepts, both based in Stuttgart, as well as the Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems located in Braunschweig are bringing their expertise to the DLR@UBC initiative. On the Canadian side, both the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Engineering departments of the Faculty of Applied Science are taking part in the collaboration.

  • Denise Nüssle
    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Stuttgart and Ulm
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Me­dia Re­la­tions
    Telephone: +49 711 6862-8086
    Fax: +49 711 6862-636
    Pfaffenwaldring 38-40
    70569 Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz Voggenreiter
    Head of the In­sti­tute
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­sti­tute of Ma­te­ri­als Re­search
    Telephone: +49 711 6862-444
    Fax: +49 711 6862-227
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
  • Nicole Waibel
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    In­sti­tute of Struc­tures and De­sign; Cen­ter for Lightweight Pro­duc­tion Tech­nol­o­gy (ZLP)
    Telephone: +49 711 6862-8182
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Köln
  • Marc Jochemich
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    In­ter­na­tion­al Re­la­tions
    Head of DLR Wash­ing­ton Of­fice
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-3752
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Köln

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