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ZAL forges closer co-operation with Canadian research partners

Canadians visit Hamburg for talks on quieter aircraft cabins and fire-protected materials

Canadian researchers travelled to the ZAL Centre for Applied Aeronautical Research Hamburg-Finkenwerder in late June for talks on developing quieter aircraft cabins and improving fire protection. The second round of research is part of co-operation resulting from the aviation cluster’s internationalisation strategy and identifies options for new target markets such as Canada. The foundation stone for German-Canadian co-operation had been laid as part of Aerospace Week 2015, hosted by the Aéro Montréal aviation cluster.

Projects – research on quieter aircraft cabins

One project focuses on New Acoustic Insulation Metamaterial Technology for Aerospace (NAIMMTA). Noise is particularly important to passenger and sound pressure levels in an aircraft cabin can reach approximately 80 dB like a lawnmower or truck. and may be unpleasant. The sound can lead to long-term health damage. Under the direction of ZAL GmbH, 3M, AIRBUS, Hutchinson Aerospace, University Sherbrooke, École de Technologie Supérieure, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, National Research Council Canada and Mecanum Inc. developed three forward-looking concepts for thermal-acoustic insulation, which are to be refined and produced over the next two years.

Developing refractory composite parts for the cabin

As part of the second project, the Hamburg-based CompriseTec has been working on COMP-1633 since October 2017 to develop new fire-resistant materials and achieve cost-efficient production of fibre composite components for aircraft cabins. In June 2018, a second workshop was held in Hamburg attended by Comprisetec, Exakt Advanced Technologies GmbH, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg Technical University, Kruger Biomaterials Inc, Pultrusion Technique Inc, Polytechnique Montréal and the École de Technologie Supérieure ETS (Montréal).

BMBF-funded German-Canadian cooperation

Talks in Hamburg and at the Airbus plant in Stade focused on joint work packages and ways of forging closer cooperation. The internationalisation of clusters and networks is part of a high-tech strategy by the German government to boost the development of innovations and establish links between science and industry, research and society. “In June 2015, the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) announced ten projects, including Hamburg Aviation, which have earmarked for EUR 4 million in funds respectively to raise exports of research-intensive goods.

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