Dornier Museum: The Dawn of the Carbon AgeMüller Ahlhorn
Friedrichhafen | 24.09.2013
The special exhibition “With carbon fiber into the future” was opened in the Dornier Museum Friedrichshafen. The show aims to present all aspects of the revolutionary material CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) with 75 attractive exhibits, from carbon fabric to Formula 1 racing cars.
“A pioneering spirit is the basic idea of the Dornier Museum,” said Cornelius Dornier, who spoke for the sponsor of the museum, the Dornier Aerospace Foundation. “It holds everything together: the pioneering spirit has always been passed on, in the family as well as in the Dornier company, and this exhibition fulfills this requirement 100 percent:
Peter D. Dornier, CEO of Lindauer Dornier GmbH, went into the historical development: “100 years ago all aircraft were made of ‘fiber composite’, namely the composite material wood and textile fabric. My grandfather, Claude Dornier, decided more than 90 years ago to replace the known materials with the then more expensive and heavier aluminum.
40 years ago, the return to fabric came – no longer made of textile, but made of carbon: In 1973 the “Alpha-Jet” from Dassault / Dornier was the first high-performance aircraft with structural components made of carbon fiber composite material – today all newer aircraft are made by From the NH 90 and Tiger helicopters to the Airbus A380, 50 to 80 percent of their structure is made of fabric, namely carbon fiber. “
Today, according to Dornier, over 90 percent of all carbon fiber fabrics produced worldwide are made on the Lindau company’s weaving machines. The wide range of applications, from the aerospace sector to automobiles, sports and leisure, medical technology and industry to the construction industry are represented in this exhibition. It is intended to encourage further applications of the revolutionary material.
Among other things, CFRP components from the aerospace industry, automotive applications from Formula 1 racers to series components such as doors, trunk lids and hybrid brake discs to the BMW i3 can be seen. A Ducati “Superbike R” with numerous components made of carbon and a dry weight of 165 kg stands next to a CFRP helmet and a racing suit with carbon protectors on knees, elbows and shoulders for current applications in the motorbike sector. A complete CFRP bicycle weighing only 6 kg, a bicycle frame and the CFRP pedal crank are current products for bikers; In addition, three production stages of a CFRP bicycle rim will be demonstrated.
A CFRP violin shows the use of this revolutionary material in music – with a recognized good sound. Medical technology with a CFRP bed for computer tomographs and the CFRP leg prosthesis for a racer should not be missing. Further applications from construction and other industries as well as various raw materials complement the exhibits.
Themed days and symposia form the framework program of the exhibition. A special themed tour and an in-depth standard tour also convey the diversity of carbon as a material to visitors – not only for adults, but also for young people. The aim of the Dornier Museum’s knowledge transfer is to convey a pioneering spirit and enthusiasm for technology to children and young people.
The special exhibition was opened on 2. Opened September 2013 and is open until 22. June 2014.