Press Releases

Corporate Communications:
Dr.-Ing. Guido DIETZ
ETW GmbH
Ernst-Mach-Strasse
51147 Köln, Germany
Tel.: +49 (2203) 609-116, Fax: +49 (2203) 609-124
Cell: +49 (173) 7113008, E-Mail:

Press Releases (recent first):

Sep 15, 2016: Setting the scene for the next decade
(Category: General / Posted by: GD )
ETW has now been fully operational for more than two decades and during this period the capabilities and test techniques have been continuously and rigorously developed to match customer requirements. Read more ...

Sep 1, 2016: Wind tunnels in Cologne (in German)
(Category: General / Posted by: GD )
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Dec 2, 2015: JTI CleanSky: High Speed Wind Tunnel Test of a Laminar Wing Bizjet
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
ETW has been used within EU's Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) CleanSky aiming for robust laminar wing performance. Read more ...

Nov 24, 2015: JTI Clean Sky: NLF Wing High Speed Performance Test
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
ETW is used within EU's Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) Clean Sky aiming for robust laminar wing performance. Read more ...

Sep 30, 2014: Access to the World’s Leading Advanced Wind Tunnels Matters for Science
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
More than 100 scientists from 17 nations made use of the transnational access to DNW-LLF, ETW, and ONERA-S1 provided by the EU project ESWIRP. Read more ...

Aug 11, 2014: Frigate Ecojet is heading for testing close to actual flight conditions
(Category: Industrial Testing / Posted by: GD )
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Feb 18, 2014: EU FP7 enables scientists from 10 nations to test NASA Common Research Model at ETW
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
More than 40 international researchers attend a unique wind-tunnel test. Read more ...

Feb 13, 2014: Unique wind tunnel test for slower landing approaches
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
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Nov 21, 2013: Creative Use of Advanced Technology in Business Aviation
(Category: Industrial Testing / Posted by: GD )
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Sep 18, 2013: High-Lift Laminar Wing Design
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
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Jul 23, 2013: ETW is strategic for European aviation RDT&E
(Category: General / Posted by: GD )
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Apr 15, 2013: FP7-ESWIRP Students Initiative
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
9 students looking forward to attend the tests of the 3 ESWIRP projects. Read more ...

Feb 6, 2013: Nacht der Technik "watch.ing"
(Category: General / Posted by: GD )
On 14 June 2013, ETW will open its doors for the 4th Technology Night in Cologne. Read more ...

Feb 4, 2013: FP7-CleanSky: High-Re Laminar-Flow Testing
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
ETW is used within CleanSky aiming for robust laminar-wing performance. Read more ...

Jan 30, 2013: FP7-ESWIRP Students Initiative
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
Students invited to attend international research test performances. Read more ...

Jun 26, 2012: FP7-CleanSky: Transonic High Reynolds Number Testing of a Large Laminar Wing Half Model
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
ETW is used within CleanSky aiming for robust laminar-wing performance. Read more ...

Nov 1, 2011: CSeries tests further validate aerodynamic design & support fuel efficiency projections
(Category: Industrial Testing / Posted by: GD )
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Oct 21, 2011: 3rd ESWIRP Workshop Documentation Available
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
The documentation of the thrid ESWIRP workshop at Zwolle (The Netherlands) is available here.

Sep 18, 2011: Visit of German Vice Chancellor
(Category: General / Posted by: GD )
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Apr 7, 2011: Visit of Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn and Minister Schulze
(Category: General / Posted by: GD )
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Mar 29, 2011: 2nd ESWIRP Workshop Documentation Available
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
The documentation of the second ESWIRP workshop at Bardonecchia (Italy) is available here.

Jul 22, 2010: A350XWB tests revealed better take-off performance predictions
(Category: Industrial Testing / Posted by: GD )
Low-speed aerodynamic design is more reliant on windtunnel testing ... Read more ...

May 25, 2010: ETW’s new appearance
(Category: General / Posted by: GD )
The new ETW web-site is launched. Read more ...

Feb 5, 2010: How do Winglets affect dynamic aeroelasticity?
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
RWTH Aachen University performs forced oscillation tests at ETW. Read more ...

Nov 20, 2009: FP7-ESWIRP
(Category: Research / Posted by: GD )
European Strategic Windtunnels Improved Research Potential Read more ...

Oct 10, 2009: Alarm for Cobra 11 - The Highway Patrol
(Category: General / Posted by: GD )
TV shooting at ETW Read more ...

May 2, 2009: Aerion Supersonic Business Jet Update
(Category: Industrial Testing / Posted by: GD )
Aerion validates supersonic natural laminar-flow technology for full scale flight aerodynamic conditions at both high subsonic speeds and representative supersonic Mach numbers. Read more ...

Feb 27, 2009: ETW / NLR cooperation on Smart Cryo Wind-Tunnel Models
(Category: General / Posted by: GD )
NLR and ETW signed a cooperative agreement on advancing Smart Cryo Wind-Tunnel Models. Read more ...

 

Background

ETW - Pushes the Limits
Wind tunnels, using scaled down aircraft models, are the major source of aerodynamic design data for new aircraft projects. Wind tunnels are indispensable tools for aerodynamic research and aircraft development; they complement and validate flow simulation methods on the most powerful computers.

ETW, the European Transonic Wind Tunnel, was designed and constructed by the four European countries France, Germany, Great Britain and The Netherlands. It is operated based on a non-profit policy by the ETW GmbH, founded in 1988. Its location in Cologne, Germany, is right in the middle of Europe.

European researchers and engineers harness ETW’s capabilities for advancing aeronautical science into aircraft innovation by accessing real-flight conditions in this cutting edge ground-test laboratory.

ETW is the worldwide leading wind tunnel for testing aircraft at real flight conditions. Aircraft performance and their flight envelope limits can be accurately determined with unique quality at ETW long before flight testing of a first prototype. This enables significant reductions in the technical and economic risks associated with the development of new aircraft. Manufacturers from all over the world take advantage of the exceptional features of this high-tech facility enhancing the performance, economic viability, and environmental friendliness of their future aircraft.

ETW – Erweitert Horizonte
Aerodynamische Entwurfsdaten für neue Flugzeugprojekte werden zu einem großen Teil aus Windkanaluntersuchungen an maßstäblich verkleinerten Flugzeugmodellen gewonnen. Windkanäle sind unverzichtbare Werkzeuge sowohl für die Strömungsforschung als auch für die Flugzeugentwicklung; sie ergänzen und validieren Verfahren zur Strömungssimulation auf modernsten Hochleistungsrechnern.

Der Europäische Transschall-Windkanal ETW wurde von den vier Staaten Frankreich, Deutschland, Großbritannien und den Niederlanden entwickelt und gebaut. Er wird von der ETW GmbH betrieben, die als eigenständiges Non-Profit-Unternehmen 1988 gegründet wurde. Sein Standort liegt mit Köln im Herzen Europas.

Der ETW erlaubt europäischen Forschern und Ingenieuren, tatsächliche Flugzustände unter Laborbedingungen am Boden darzustellen, um wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse zu erarbeiten und in Luftfahrtinnovationen zu überführen.

Der ETW ist der weltweit führende Windkanal, in dem Luftfahrzeuge unter wirklichkeitsgetreuen Flugbedingungen getestet werden können. Lange bevor der erste Prototyp für einen Flugtest zur Verfügung steht, können im ETW die Leistungsfähigkeit und die Flugbereichsgrenzen eines Neuentwurfs genauestens und mit einzigartiger Qualität bestimmt werden. Dies reduziert erheblich die technischen und wirtschaftlichen Risiken, die mit der Entwicklung neuer Luftfahrzeuge verbunden sind. Hersteller aus aller Welt nutzen die außergewöhnlichen Möglichkeiten dieser Hightech-Einrichtung, um die Leistungsfähigkeit, die Wirtschaftlichkeit und die Umweltfreundlichkeit ihrer zukünftigen Produkte nachhaltig zu verbessern.