ZAL Research Infrastructure

As a research platform for civil aviation, technical infrastructure is an important element of ZAL. The infrastructure supports our partners in their efforts to develop technologies or to test their system integration. All infrastructure belongs to ZAL and can be rented over different periods of time. The idea is that joint use creates synergies from which all partners benefit equally.

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Acoustics Lab

Traveling quietly – the ZAL Acoustics Lab allows the testing of new acoustic cabin concepts with the unique Acoustics Flight Lab Demonstrator. Aircraft fuselages of every size up to the A350 fit into the semi-anechoic chamber of the laboratory.

Application Focus

  • Vibro-acoustic investigation for low-noise aircraft cabins
  • New passive and active noise reduction
  • Verification and improvement of numerical and analytical models

Technical Data

  • Large semi-anechoic chamber (d x w x h: 22.72 m x 11.92 m x 8.71 m) for determination of sound power and levels according to ISO 3745 (accuracy class 1)
  • Meets acoustic requirements according to ISO 26101 up to a track length of 6.90 m above 80 Hz
  • Large door with dimensions of 6.85 m x 7.90 m (W x H), suitable for A320, A340 and A350 fuselage segments

You, too, can do research in our acoustics laboratory to shape the future of flight! Give us a call!

Fuel Cell Lab

Towards emission-free flight: the ZAL Fuel Cell Lab aims at accelerating the technological maturity of fuel cell systems. We focus on research opportunities for the safe civilian use of hydrogen. In fact, electrical systems powered by fuel cells present an efficient and more environmentally friendly possibility to ensure the electrical power supply of today’s and tomorrow’s aircraft and thereby reducing emissions. Before this backdrop, the Fuel Cell Lab occupies a special position compared to other research areas at ZAL. It is the only research area that does not focus exclusively on aerospace, but is open to partners from other industries, such as the automotive and shipping industries.

Cabin & Cargo Test Rig

Test the entire aircraft: if you want to experiment with the latest developments in aircraft cabin and cargo, then our Cabin & Cargo Test Rig is right for you. The ten-meter-high cabin and cargo test rig offers more than 200 square meters of space for conducting experiments and testing and researching new cabin technologies. The facility is also ideal for working with fuselage segments of aircraft from the A320 to the A380.

Application Focus

  • Demonstration of new cabin concepts
  • Experimenting with new manufacturing processes
  • Testing new loading space concepts

Technical Data

  • For fuselage segments up to 15 m length and 7.8 m width (A380)
  • Integrated crane systems for fast replacement of fuselage segments

Shape the future of the aircraft cabin with us! Give us a call!

Laser Shock Peening

Laser Shock Peening is a precise way to improve the use of critical lightweight components in aviation. The third-largest LSP facility in the world was built in collaboration with US-American colleagues from LSP Technologies. Here, the surface of structural components is treated to increase durability. The process is currently approaching application maturity.

Application Focus

  • Transfer of technologies to process maturity
  • Fatigue strength improvement of aircraft metallic components
  • Application on aero-structural components
  • Additional application possibilities for LSP

Technical Data

  • Laser energy 7.5 J and 10 J
  • Repetition rate of 20 Hz
  • Size of the process chamber: approximately 300 cubic meters
  • Suitable for components up to a diameter of five meters and weight of 180 kg
  • First LSPT system in Europe

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AI Aviation Lab

The AI Aviation Lab is an interactive experimental space for the development of AI prototypes. AI experts and interested parties alike have the opportunity to benefit from the laboratory equipment and the expertise of the Research & Technology team. The basic equipment includes a powerful GPU server that supports the training of complex AI models, a UR10e robot with three-finger gripper, as well as a selection of different sensors (high-speed cameras, depth cameras, lidar, microphone). The AI equipment is complemented by an 86″ touch screen and a virtual reality screen for 2D and 3D applications. The AI Aviation Lab can be used as a workshop room, for the development of tools and solutions, or as a showroom boasting interactive presentation options.

Join us in shaping the future of flying!

ZAL Makers’ Space

Craftsmanship and building, together or alone. The ZAL Makers’ Space is a special place. Containing small and large equipment tools, it is the birthplace of prototypes and demonstrators alike. In addition, the ZAL Makers’ Space is the point of contact for all possible practical questions that the ZAL partners might have. Support ranges from consulting and tool rental to commissioning the workshop team, handling topics such as:

  • Assembly and conversion cupport
  • Prototype and jig construction
  • Wood and model-making
  • Processing of fiber-Composite materials
  • Metalworking
  • Plant engineering
  • Calibration of measuring instruments and tools
  • Transport and logistics

Has the ZAL Makers’ Space sparked your interest? Give us a call!