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DLR and NLR sign agreement on joint advanced composites development

News International-French

17 Jun 2013

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Aerospace Laboratory of the Netherlands (NLR) sign a cooperation agreement in the field of fiber reinforced composites at Paris Air Show.

Goal of the cooperation is to more efficiently develop methods for the design, development and production of light-weight structures for the aerospace and transport sectors, this in order to contribute to the reduction of fuel consumption and associated CO2 emissions.

From research to prototype
Within this agreement DLR and NLR will jointly undertake precompetitive research projects, execute third party contracts and allow reciprocal use of facilities and general infrastructure around the area of manufacturing techniques for fibre reinforced composites and simulation techniques. Both partners own and operate extensive facilities for the development of composite structures by tape laying or fiber placement and resin infusion.
Focus of the cooperation will be in the areas of automated fibre placement/tape laying techniques, robot assisted manufacturing processes, heating techniques and process monitoring, resin transfer moulding and virtual manufacturing.
DLR and NLR do have a long standing partner relationship. Major cooperation activities are in the German-Dutch Wind Tunnels (DNW) and AT-One, the ATM Research Alliance.

About DLR:
DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme. DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project execution organisation.

About NLR:
NLR is the independent knowledge enterprise in the Netherlands on aerospace. The overall mission is making air transport and space exploration safer, more sustainable and more efficient. NLR’s multidisciplinary approach focuses on developing new and cost effective technologies for aviation and space, from design support to production technology and MRO. With its unique expertise and state of the art facilities NLR is bridging the gap between research and application.

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