The research facility in Stade was established in 2009 as one of the two research sites operated by the Center for Lightweight Production Technology (Zentrum für Leichtbauproduktionstechnologie; ZLP) and has been an independent site of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) since 2011.
The Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems, the Institute of Structures and Design, the Institute of Materials Research and the Center for Lightweight Production Technology (ZLP) – at its locations in Stade and Augsburg – of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have teamed up to develop automated processes for the production of components made of high-performance fibre metal laminates.
The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) will present its latest research projects on the topic of high-performance fibre-reinforced polymers from 6 to 8 March 2018 at JEC World in Paris – the leading European composites trade fair.
Lightweight and therefore kerosene-saving wings made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) are already being used in the quiet, fuel-efficient flagship Airbus A350. But production has been extremely expensive and time-consuming thus far, because only one robotic laying unit stacks carbon fibres layer by layer, until a wing shell is formed.
Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) have completed the first innovative rotor blade as part of the SmartBlades2 project. The rotor blade with a length of 20 metres can passively adapt to varying wind conditions using bending torsion coupling.