DLR Göttingen

Aerial view of the DLR site in Göttingen.
DLR site in Göttingen
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DLR site in Göttingen

Aerial view of the DLR site in Göttingen.

Cabin flow in the Dornier Do 728 research aircraft
Cabin flow in the Dornier Do 728 research aircraft
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Cabin flow in the Dornier Do 728 research aircraft

At DLR Göttingen, the air flow in the aircraft cabin is made visible with laser and fog particles. The main obejctive of these studies are to increase passenger comfort.

Model of Junkers 287
First aircraft with swept wings: Junkers 287
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First aircraft with swept wings: Junkers 287

The world's first aircraft with swept wings, the Junkers 287, flew for the first time in 1944 as a prototype. The forward-swept wings have only been taken up again only recently. Here, a model is shown in a wind tunnel of the Aerodynamics Research Institute in Göttingen.

Ludwig Prandtl
Ludwig Prandtl - Father of modern aerodynamics
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Ludwig Prandtl - Father of modern aerodynamics

Ludwig Prandtl is today considered one of the key founding fathers of institutionalised aerospace research. When he founded the Modellversuchsanstalt für Aerodynamik der Motorluftschiff-Studiengesellschaft (Institute for testing of aerodynamic models of the powered airship society) which would later become the Aerodynamischen Versuchsanstalt, (Institute for Aerodynamic Testing) or AVA, a precursor of the modern day German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in 1907 in Göttingen, he was laying the foundations of modern aerodynamic research.

Transonic Wind Tunnel
Transonic Wind Tunnel Göttingen
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Transonic Wind Tunnel Göttingen

The Transonic Wind Tunnel Göttingen (TWG) is used for the exploration of future space vehicles, aircraft and helicopters.

A barn owl in an experimental setting
Learning from birds
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Learning from birds

DLR, in collaboration with RWTH Aachen University and the German Armed Forces University in Munich is studying the variation in the shape of barn owl wings during flight

Next Generation Train
Next Generation Train
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Next Generation Train

To make railway trains faster and more economical, their shape is decisively important. Two new research facilities at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen are involved in developing the aerodynamically optimum shape for future rail vehicles.

Simulationsanlage für Treibstrahlen
Zylinder voll Weltraum
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Zylinder voll Weltraum

In der Simulationsanlage für Treibstrahlen werden unter Weltraumbedingungen die Abgase von Satellitentriebwerken untersucht.

Tunnel simulation
The tunnel simulation facility at DLR Göttingen
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The tunnel simulation facility at DLR Göttingen

The tunnel simulation facility at DLR Göttingen is the only one of its kind in the world. Before they enter the experimental Plexiglas tunnel, a 'catapult' can accelerate the model trains to speeds of up to 400 kilometres per hour on the 60-metre-long test track.

The main activities of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) sites Göttingen and Braunschweig are aviation and traffic engineering. DLR Göttingen employs more than 400 experts in the foundation- and application-oriented field of aviation research. DLR continues the tradition of the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DFL), founded in 1936, with the Braunschweig Research Airport which employs about 1000 highly-qualified employees.

Services

High-performance ground and test flight carriers and flying simulators, air traffic simulation facilities, wind tunnels in the European DNW foundation (German-Dutch Wind Tunnels), mobile rotor test stands and test stands for material and noise tests are available for experimental research. Together with the french Aeronautics and Space Research Center ONERA, DLR Göttingen operates the largest mobile ground vibration test facility in Europe.

Test equipment for extremely sophisticated, experimental technology is manufactured in highly modern workshops of the Model Building Center. An independent airworthiness office for aviation equipment guarantees a safe and reliable operation of the complex testing facilities in the surface aircraft and helicopters of the research flight operations in Braunschweig. The certified railway laboratory provides DLR with the competence to help partners in the industry with the certification of their system components. For example, DLR consults users in the application of composite fiber technologies and new materials for all possible areas of application in the industry.

Focal points of the covered subject areas are

improvement of the dynamic aircraft behavior and the operational safety of aircraft and helicopters
increase in the performance, safety and reliability of air, road and railway traffic
intelligent assistance systems for human operators of air and ground traffic
development of design processes for low-resistance and quiet air equipment
development and realisation of adaptable, damage-resistant and cost-efficient, high-performance structures for aerospace and ground traffic
DLR sites Göttingen and Braunschweig cooperate closely with the University of Göttingen, TU Braunschweig and other research establishments and in networks like Measurement Valley.

Institutes and establishments at the site

  • Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology
  • Institute of Aeroelasticity
  • Institute of Propulsion Technology
  • Technology marketing
  • German-Dutch Windtunnels
  • DLR_School_Lab Göttingen
Contact
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Block
    Sitemanagement Braunschweig, Cochstedt, Göttingen, Hannover, Stade, Trauen
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems
    Telephone: +49 531 295-2100
    Lilienthalplatz  7
    38108 Braunschweig
    Contact
  • Jens Wucherpfennig
    Corporate Communications, Göttingen and Hannover
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    Public Affairs and Communications
    Telephone: +49 551 709-2108
    Fax: +49 551 709-12108
    Bunsenstraße  10
    37073 Göttingen
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