Digitalisation research

C²A²S²E-Cluster
C²A²S²E-Cluster
Image 1/10, Credit: DLR/Thomas Ernsting.

C²A²S²E-Cluster

C²A²S²E-Cluster: Europe's fastest computer for aeronautics research

Virtualisation of an aircraft
Digitalisation and virtualisation in aviation
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Digitalisation and virtualisation in aviation

The new DLR Institute of Software Methods for Product Virtualisation in Dresden will pool the skills required to undertake the first complete virtual aircraft flight in the long term.

Visualisation of ascending air masses over the Atlantic Ocean
Visualisation of ascending air masses over the Atlantic Ocean
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Visualisation of ascending air masses over the Atlantic Ocean

Visualisation of a forecast created by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). On display are rising air masses (coloured lines) that reach the jet stream (green surface) over northern Europe. The visualisation was created using ‘Met.3D’.

Simulation of Lilienthal's flight in the wind tunnel
Simulation of Lilienthal's flight in the wind tunnel
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Simulation of Lilienthal's flight in the wind tunnel

Various scenarios were simulated in the wind tunnel tests, in particular Lilienthal's fateful flight from Gollenberg on 9 August 1896. In the lower left corner of the image is the angle of alignment of the front of the glider with the wind. The CP scale on the right side describes the air resistance.

Flow measurement in the wind tunnel
Flow measurement in the wind tunnel
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Flow measurement in the wind tunnel

The measurement data of different wind angles are transmitted to a 3D model. Based on these data, the flight capability and stability of Lilienthal's glider was confirmed by DLR.

Automated air transport of large cargo
Automated air transport of large cargo
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Automated air transport of large cargo

An unmanned aircraft carrying about one ton of payload should be able to deliver, for example, humanitarian goods over a distance of up to 600 kilometres. Project ALAADY (Automated Low Altitude Air Delivery) aims at conducting the first test flights with drones at the end of 2017.

Virtual Reality Lab
Virtual Reality Lab
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Virtual Reality Lab

The virtual reality lab at the Tech Center of the Hamburg Center of Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) allows up to 30 users to view and discuss the development of a virtual model at the same time.

Computer-assisted models for product development
Computer-assisted models for product development
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Computer-assisted models for product development

In SCIL, small and medium-sized enterprises in particular are given access to the latest design technologies and software tools for modelling, controlling and adjusting complex mechatronic systems across the entire spectrum of their technical applications.

View of the World Water Quality Portal
View of the World Water Quality Portal
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View of the World Water Quality Portal

In this zoomed-in image, the World Water Quality Portal map shows the turbidity of the Mekong delta.

The exhibition ‘The Call of the Mountains’
The exhibition ‘The Call of the Mountains’
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The exhibition ‘The Call of the Mountains’

A replica of the Matterhorn hangs upside down in the 100-metre-high central space of the Gasometer, as the highlight of the exhibition ‘The Call of the Mountains’, which opened on 16 March 2018.

Digitalisation is key for DLR's major research areas: aeronautics, space, energy, transport and the cross-sectoral area of security. With the adoption of the 2030 Strategy, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has expanded its portfolio with the new cross-sectoral area of digitalisation.

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  • C²A²S²E-Cluster

    C²A²S²E-Cluster

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    C²A²S²E-Cluster: Europe's fastest computer for aeronautics research
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    Digitalisation and virtualisation in aviation

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