Aero and engineering test facilitiesAero and engineering test facilities

Contact details:

C.E.J. Wijnberg / J.F. Hakkaart / J.W. Scholten
Anthony Fokkerweg 2, 1059 CM, Amsterdam/Voorsterweg 31, 8316PR Marknesse

NLR operates multiple aero and engineering facilities dedicated to innovation in aerospace:

Faciliteit voor Aërodynamische, Structuurmechanische en Elektromagnetische Toepassingen (FASET): a High Performance Computing cluster with applications for accurate simulation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Aero-Acoustics (CAA), Aero-Thermo-Dynamics (ATD), Computational Flight Dynamics and Computational Electro-Magnetics (CEM)).

Netherlands RPAS Test Centre: to support Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) development and operations for both rotary and fixed wing.

Test facilities for noise and vibrations: vibration measurements are performed to verify or update theoretical models of aerospace structures.

Design Office and Material Technology Workshop: design and manufacturing of advanced test articles and test equipment. Combination of mechanical and electronic engineering including well equipped workshops.

Faciliteit voor Aërodynamische, Structuurmechanische en Elektromagnetische Toepassingen (FASET): a High Performance Computing cluster with applications for accurate simulation of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Aero-Acoustics (CAA), Aero-Thermo-Dynamics (ATD), Computational Flight Dynamics and Computational Electro-Magnetics (CEM)) around civil and military aircraft and spacecraft. The understanding of physical (flow) phenomena and their impact on performance and flight characteristics is crucial to the design and operation of aircraft. The National Aerospace Laboratory NLR has developed a complete system for the accurate simulation of 3D flows around civil and military aircraft and spacecraft with the use of High Performance Computing. The high-fidelity physical modelling allows both steady state and time-dependent flows around aircraft and spacecraft configurations to be simulated, as well as simulation of other physical phenomena such as aero-acoustics, electromagnetics and aero-servo-elasticity.

The Netherlands RPAS Test Centre, to support Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), or drone development and operations for both rotary and fixed wing. The Test Centre, consists of a helicopter landing spot and fixed wing landing strip (200x20 m), an office building and restricted airspace (of about 15 km2) for easy RPAS operations and combined manned and unmanned operations up to 3500 ft. NLR is a certified drone/RPAS operator (ROC), Registered Training Facility (RTF) and Qualified Entity for the technical assessment of drones.

Test facilities for noise: Flow Duct Facility and Small Anechoic Tunnel.
The acoustic flow duct facility is a suction tunnel to carry out acoustic measurements on wall-mounted sound absorbing materials. It consists of two reverberation rooms connected through a flow duct. The small anechoic wind tunnel is used for acoustic measurements to determine and understand aeroacoustic noise sources and evaluate noise reduction measures. Test facilities for vibrations: the structure of the configuration is instrumented with accelerometers and shakers to detect natural frequencies, mode shapes and modal mass, which are important parameters for flutter and structural computations.

Design Office and Material Technology Workshop: design and manufacturing of advanced test articles and test equipment. Combination of mechanical and electronic engineering including well equipped workshops.

Facilities available include 3D design stations, Catia licences, 5-axis high speed milling and turning machines, electronics workshop focusing on application of sensors. Products range from parts with complex geometries to highly advanced measurement articles including many different types of sensors. For wind tunnel model manufacturing typical technical features are powered and rotating systems, unsteady or dynamic measurements and very high accuracy. These features can also be used to the advantage of other test domains such as automotive, space or biomedics research and industry. Specialties include milling and turning of a variety of materials such as composites and magnesium. Other specialties include power and signal transfer by telemetry and highly accurate force measurements.

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High Tech Systemen en Materialen
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Physical Sciences and Engineering