Computed tomography (CT)

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Institute of Structures and Design in Stuttgart is home to two computed tomography units that enable three-dimensional, non-destructive examination of both large, complex structural component assemblies and small material samples. Thanks to high-precision triggering, researchers can examine the interior structure of components and investigate any defects.

X-ray examination of complex metal components

The v|tome|x L450 unit has two tubes; the high-power, 450-kilovolt (mini-focus) X-ray tube enables the irradiation of solid metal components, while the 240-kilovolt (micro-focus) X-ray tube allows scientists to measure and examine component assemblies made of light metals, plastics or fibre composites.

The nanotom is available for detailed, non-destructive examination of the smallest electronic components and material samples. This CT facility makes it possible to generate a sharp image of the interior of the material under examination, even at very high magnifications.


Volker Speelmann

Head of Research Infrastructures
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Executive Board department for Innovation, Transfer and Research Infrastructure
Linder Höhe, 51147 Cologne

Raouf Jemmali

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Structures and Design
Ceramic Composites and Structures
Pfaffenwaldring 38-40, 70569 Stuttgart