DLR has more than 700 employees in six institutes at the DLR site in Stuttgart. The main research areas include high performance structures made from ceramic fibre, polymer and hybrid composites, innovative road and rail vehicle concepts, laser system development, energy storage and conversion technologies, gas turbines and combustion processes and the development of receivers for solar power plants. The research conducted here is supported by an extensive infrastructure with unique test rigs and large-scale research facilities.
DLR Stuttgart is a major player in the Baden-Württemberg scientific community, supporting the innovative power of Stuttgart and Baden-Württemberg. The DLR site in Stuttgart has its origin in the Research Institute of Jet Propulsion Physics, established in 1954 at Stuttgart airport. Since 1961, the site has been located in the Pfaffenwald in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. As a result of its geographic proximity to the University of Stuttgart, together with the close collaboration in research and education, the DLR site has become an important part of the scientific community in Stuttgart.
Cooperation with industry and government
DLR’s research infrastructure is also available for collaborative use with industry, supporting the transfer of technical and scientific expertise. DLR Technology Marketing encourages intensive networking with partners from business and industry associations for the development of new products and securing jobs. DLR scientists and the Technology Marketing Department are active in numerous professional associations and networks and undertake consulting assignments in the relevant policy areas.
Overview: institutes and facilities
The DLR Institute of Structures and Design develops high-performance structures for the aerospace, vehicle construction and energy technology sectors. The focus here is on the development of ceramic fibre and polymer composite components and hybrid structures.
The DLR Institute of Vehicle Concepts addresses the development of future technologies for road and rail vehicles. The Institute’s contributions range from conception and design through construction and simulations to the presentation of research demonstrators, components and vehicles.
The DLR Institute of Technical Physics develops laser systems for the aerospace, security and defence sectors.
The DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics paves the way for the energy storage industry of tomorrow. The Institute is developing the scientific basis of electrochemical and thermochemical energy storage technologies using a symbiotic interaction of laboratory experiments and computer simulations. It also investigates efficiency, cost and sustainability of future energy systems.
The DLR Institute of Combustion Technology researches new concepts for decentralised energy supply and combustor systems for gas turbines in aircraft engines and power plants. New fuels, such as those based on biomass, are also part of the focus, as is increasing the reliability of combustion processes and reducing pollutant emissions.
The DLR Institute of Solar Research develops concentrating solar systems for the generation of heat, power and fuel for a sustainable energy supply.
The Engineering Facility Systemhaus Technik is available to the DLR institutes and facilities for any technical questions regarding scientific research materials – from consultancy through to advice on development and manufacturing and the assembly of complex units.
Promoting young talent
DLR Stuttgart actively supports the training of young scientists and engineers. Through teams, joint projects and the participation of DLR scientists in the learning process, there is close cooperation with technical colleges and universities - particularly the neighbouring University of Stuttgart.