German-Canadian cooperation: DLR @ UBC

Materials and structures for global mobility

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and The University of British Columbia (UBC) have been working together successfully since September 2016 as part of the DLR@UBC initiative. The partnership is to be expanded and intensified in the coming months. DLR Chairman Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund and the President of UBC Prof. Santa Ono agreed at a meeting in Vancouver on 31 March 2017.

"After the launch of DLR @ UBC last year, we want to take the next steps to expand our collaboration strategically. With the UBC as a partner, we are addressing global challenges such as sustainable mobility with international teamwork. At the same time, we want to intensify the transfer of technology and exchange with industrial companies in our two countries and integrate them into the initiative, " emphasized Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund during her visit to Canada.

Prof. Santa Ono confirmed his enthusiasm for the co-operation. “The vision of DLR@UBC, builds upon the research and innovation strengths here at UBC and at DLR. There is an intensive effort in this partnership to ‘move the needle’ for the transfer of research which will impact industry in Canada and in Germany. Now is the time to step forward with innovative programs that include student mobility and new faculty appointments. I am a strong advocate for extending this opportunity system-wide at UBC, and want to be very active in supporting this partnership.”

Technologies for the mobility of the future

The focus of the cooperation is on the development of materials and structures for global mobility. To this end, the German and Canadian scientists are working together on ideas for the factory of the future. A central element here is the interaction between man and machine in the production process. The development of technologies in the area of ​​fibre composite materials as well as lightweight construction concepts and concepts for road and rail vehicles are further important areas of interest.

In addition to joint research projects and workshops, the exchange of scientists, students and doctoral students is an essential part of the initiative. Two DLR offices on the UBC campus as well as a UBC office at the DLR site in Augsburg coordinate the German-Canadian work and establish contacts with industrial companies.

For the future: further research topics and joint programs

In addition to a joint doctoral program and joint appointments, new topics will be added to the DLR@UBC's DLR institutes and faculties. This includes research on sustainable engines for aircraft with a special focus on components, combustion processes and the use of biofuels - as well as the topics of digitization, augmented reality, big data and quantum computers. In addition, further UBC connection offices will be opened at the DLR locations.

Currently involved institutes and faculties

From DLR, the two Stuttgart-based institutes for industrial deisgn and structural technology, as well as for vehicle concepts and the Institute for Fiber Composite Structures and Adaptronics, based in Braunschweig, are contributing their expertise to the DLR@UBC initiative. On the Canadian side, the two departments for mechanical engineering and materials engineering in the Faculty of Applied Sciences participate in the cooperation.