DLR-SR is actively involved to develop standards in its research fields, and to provide sophisticated tools to the public in form of open source and commercial software:
Modelica® is a non-proprietary, object-oriented, equation based language to conveniently model complex physical systems containing, e.g., mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, thermal, control, electric power or process-oriented subcomponents. The Modelica standard is developed by the Modelica Association, a non-profit organization with members from Europe, U.S.A., Canada and Asia. For more details, see www.modelica.org.
Since year 2000, the Modelica Association is headed by Prof. Martin Otter, Vice-Director of DLR-SR. DLR-SR is one of the key-contributors to the Modelica language development and for Modelica libraries (see below). DLR-SR is using Modelica intensively both for simulation of complex plants, as well as for defining nonlinear controls systems.
DLR-SR develops specialized tools as needed for its own research if not available on the software market. Some of the tools are provided to the public in form of open source or commercial software.