DLR Stuttgart
DLR Stuttgart
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DLR Stuttgart

Approximately 700 employees work in the research fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security at the DLR site in Stuttgart-Vaihingen.
Layer by layer to the high-tech component: The tape layer at the Institute of Structures and Design
Layer by layer to the high-tech component: The tape layer at the Institute of Structures and Design
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Layer by layer to the high-tech component: The tape layer at the Institute of Structures and Design

Whether for aerospace or automotive applications – extremely light and simultaneously very damage-resistant – components made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) are of great interest to industry. With the help of a state-of-the-art tape-laying machine, DLR researchers are looking into processes to automate the production of such structures and thus make them more efficient.
Institute of Vehicle Concepts
Institute of Vehicle Concepts
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Institute of Vehicle Concepts

At the Institute of Vehicle Concepts, DLR researchers are working on innovative concepts for tomorrow's road and rail transport. Lightweight construction technologies will play an important role in making vehicles more efficient and safer. Several components are tested in the in-house crash test facility.
Method for laser-based determination of the trajectories of space debris particles
Method for laser-based determination of the trajectories of space debris particles
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Method for laser-based determination of the trajectories of space debris particles

A main topic at the Institute of Technical Physics is the development of a method for laser-based determination of the trajectories of space debris particles. With the help of this orbital data, satellites can fly evasive maneuvers in a targeted manner and thus avoid collisions with space debris.
Development of cost-effective storage concepts
Development of cost-effective storage concepts
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Development of cost-effective storage concepts

The development of cost-effective storage concepts is a prerequisite for the success of the energy transition. At the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, DLR scientists are researching electrical, chemical and thermal storage technologies. Together with the HOTREG test facility, for example, they are studying heat storage materials and storage concepts in the temperature range from 20 to 850 degrees Celsius.
Institute of Combustion Technology
Institute of Combustion Technology
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Institute of Combustion Technology

New concepts for decentralised energy supply, combustion chamber systems for gas turbines in aircraft engines and power plants, as well as new fuels are the main research topics of the Institute of Combustion Technology.
Solar systems for heat, power and fuel generation
Solar systems for heat, power and fuel generation
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Solar systems for heat, power and fuel generation

Solar systems for heat, power and fuel generation for a sustainable energy supply are the focus of the Institute of Solar Research. DLR scientists are developing technologies for solar-thermal power plants, in which special mirrors concentrate solar radiation onto a tube or the top of a tower, where they are used to increase the temperature of a heat-transferring medium. This high-temperature heat can be used as industrial process heat or to generate electricity.
Training of young scientists and technicians
Training of young scientists and technicians
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Training of young scientists and technicians

Whether through DLR_School_Lab Lampoldshausen/Stuttgart, internships, dissertations, vocational training or dual studies, DLR Stuttgart actively promotes the training of young scientists and technicians.

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.

Contact
  • Dr. Anke Kovar
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    Site Management Stuttgart and Lampoldshausen
    Telephone: +49 711 6862-311
    Fax: +49 711 6862-636
    Pfaffenwaldring 38-40
    70569 Stuttgart
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  • Jens Mende
    Corporate Communications Stuttgart and Ulm
    German Aerospace Center (DLR)

    Public Affairs and Communications
    Telephone: +49 0711 6862-229
    Fax: +49 0711 6862-636
    Pfaffenwaldring 38-40
    70569 Stuttgart
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