ARTS Blog & Press

  • Aerospace Innovation
  • Christian Vetterlein
The animal kingdom as a template for aerodynamics in industry

The animal kingdom as a template for aerodynamics in industry

When technology learns from nature, it is referred to as bionics. The methods by which lotus flowers repel water, geckos’ feet offer extraordinary adhesion, or dragonflies manage to fly through the air are some of the best examples of innovations that humanity has copied from the animal kingdom. In the field of aerodynamics, engineers are now working to use nature in their quest to optimise the behaviour of aircraft, vehicles and other objects as air flows over them.

  • Job Market
  • Theresa Heinig
Deploying an international, skilled labour force at ARTS in Germany

Deploying an international, skilled labour force at ARTS in Germany

Many international workers dream of working in Germany, not least because it provides a superb way for them to develop their careers. Providing them with a chance to work in Germany represents an opportunity both for them and for German businesses. ARTS approached three international colleagues with questions about their experience.

  • expertise4innovations
  • Patrick Holland-Moritz
Antennae: Research into greater safety and security in aviation © Wolfram Schroll

Antennae: Research into greater safety and security in aviation

Antennae used in aircraft must operate reliably under extreme conditions. To achieve this, researchers carry out measurements in anechoic chambers – and, from time to time, even draw inspiration from the natural world.

  • Aerospace Innovation
  • Christian Vetterlein
Cold weather, ice and snow in industry - The unique challenges posed by winter

Cold weather, ice and snow in industry - The unique challenges posed by winter

Trains are cancelled or delayed, aircraft need to be de-iced, cars won’t start and machinery everywhere is pushed to the its operational limits: the challenges of the cold weather are particularly noticeable in the transportation sector but also demand creative solutions from all kinds of industries. At the same time, low temperatures, ice and snow represent a great deal of potential opportunity for countless different industries, from automotive technology to the chemical industry.

  • Essential to Take Off 2017
  • Christian Vetterlein
William Bushnell Stout and his achievements on the way to developing the “Ford Trimotor” passenger aircraft © Gregor Behling

William Bushnell Stout and his achievements on the way to developing the “Ford Trimotor” passenger aircraft

With revolutionary aircraft designs and engine constructions, William Bushnell laid the groundwork for the triple-engined Ford Trimotor passenger plane. This rugged range of aircraft was very popular with pilots due to its easy to handle flying dynamics and became known as the “Tin Goose” due to its corrugated metal cladding. The engine concept, which was highly unconventional at the time, lived on in many further models in the Ford Trimotor series and bore witness to Stout’s engineering and technical achievements.