DLR Institute of Structures and Design

Birdstrike test lab hunts for convincing fakes

Bird strikes are a well-known hazard for aircraft in flight.

Aircraft components such as tail sections, wing leading edges and engines are all vulnerable to strike, and so must be tested rigorously. The difficulty is in recreating the conditions of birdstrike. 

To date, real bird carcases have often been used, but German researchers at the DLR Institute of Structures and Design are searching for suitable materials to create an improved artificial bird that resembles a real one in the damage it causes and can be used in tests and approval processes for aircraft components in the future.

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