Scanning insects

01. The idea

Laminar wings could be a way of making significant fuel savings in the aviation industry in the future – thus also reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Their drag coefficient is much lower than that of current wings. It is even more important, however, that they remain free of the insects which can become affixed to the wings during take-off and landing.

02. The requirement

DLR researcher Dominic Gloss and his colleagues wanted to know what size, position and shape an insect guard would have to have if it were placed on the front flaps. In other words, where do insects strike the wings?

03. The problem

To find the answer to this question, the German Aerospace Centre conducted test flights, low-level flights with the undercarriage retracted on the site of Magdeburg/Cochstedt Airport. Blossom-white test films were applied under the wings of the test aircraft before each test. What is the best way to evaluate these films, which by then are rather dirty, after the flight? With a GREAT Scan at BLUE Studios.

The solution

A test scan very quickly showed that it could deliver a uniform, highcontrast, undistorted result without touching the surface of the film.