DLR and ONERA select LMS as Ground Vibration Testing (GVT) partner
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DLR and ONERA select LMS as Ground Vibration Testing (GVT) partner

February 2, 2010 - LMS has entered into an agreement with DLR (the German national research center for aeronautics and space, transportation and energy) and ONERA (the French national aerospace research center) to deliver their next-generation Ground Vibration Testing (GVT) systems.

Dr. Jan Leuridan, Executive Vice-President and CTO, LMS International, “DLR and ONERA each ordered a 384-channel LMS Test.Lab GVT solution, which can be combined to form a 768-channel test system. Their decision confirms our position as the leading industrial partner for GVT testing. Both DLR and ONERA have developed their know-how for GVT testing over many years, and have a claim to fame for GVT testing in the aviation industry. We look forward to contributing to the advancement of the overall GVT methods and practices at these industry-leading organizations.”

Dr. Boeswald, Coordinator of DLR’s Ground Vibration Test Facility, “After the Airbus A380 GVT, we decided to switch from LMS CADA-X modal analysis software to Windows-based LMS Test.Lab. To achieve that with our custom-built VXI data acquisition system, we had to link in-house data acquisition systems to the LMS Test.Lab PolyMAX modal analysis solution. For our next-generation solution, we decided to combine data acquisition and analysis in a common environment, and selected the LMS Test.Lab GVT solution as the platform to support the complete GVT process. We also wanted to maintain the possibility to combine our system with ONERA’s system in France. Therefore, we needed to align our decisions and synchronize the evaluation effort.”

Pascal Lubrina, Manager of ONERA.’s Ground Vibration Test Facility, “LMS truly understood our particular situation and offered the solution we needed: a complete yet efficient GVT solution - easily customizable to fit our specific needs. LMS is an innovation-driven company, and LMS fully understands as well the need for high-level support of our research initiatives. By merging their leading GVT solution with our extensive 30 years of GVT experience, we will be able to take our GVT testing practices to the next level, and meet the ever more stringent deadlines of our customers,” stated Mr. Lubrina.

With important GVT campaigns planned for the 2010-2011 timeframe, ONERA and DLR investigated various industrial players. Following successful GVT benchmarks, DLR and ONERA selected LMS and decided to base their new GVT systems on the LMS Test.Lab GVT solution. This solution already covers all common GVT requirements, and could easily be configured to fully manage DLR and ONERA’s specific GVT methods and practices. Additionally, the LMS Test.Lab GVT solution proved to have the necessary openness to integrate customized procedures to support DLR and ONERA’s research initiatives.

About the LMS Test.Lab GVT solution

The LMS Test.Lab GVT solution uses the state-of-the-art LMS SCADAS III networked data acquisition system, in combination with the LMS Test.Lab data acquisition applications for MIMO FRF acquisition under random, swept and stepped sine excitation conditions and a direct modal acquisition module for normal modes tuning. Key to maximal productivity, all acquisition modules are seamlessly integrated with the world-class LMS Test.Lab modal analysis software, PolyMAX, and its wealth of modal validation capabilities.

About DLR

DLR’s extensive research and development work is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures. The more than 6500 employees of DLR are organized in 29 research institutes and facilities located at 13 different sites in Germany. The DLR site in Goettingen is dedicated to fundamental and application-oriented research in the field of aeronautics engineering. The main activities of the 380 DLR experts employed in Goettingen are focused on aero-elasticity, aerodynamics and flow technology, and propulsion engineering. Together with the French Aeronautics and Space Research Center ONERA, DLR Goettingen operates the largest mobile ground vibration test facility in Europe.


ONERA is the leading aerospace and defense research center in France. A public establishment created in 1946, it reports to the French Ministry of Defense. ONERA has over 2,000 employees at eight major facilities, including 1,500 scientists, engineers and technicians. Building on its multidisciplinary expertise and a world-class fleet of test facilities, ONERA works for both government and industry, spanning major corporations and small businesses. ONERA deploys an innovative partnership based approach to research, with five times more contract business per researcher than the average in France. ONERA is a recognized source of innovative solutions, technical expertise and long-term design vision, paving the way for tomorrow’s programs. ONERA has contributed to some of today’s most successful aerospace and defense programs, including the Ariane 5 launcher, Airbus jetliners, Eurocopter helicopters, the Rafale fighter and the Falcon 7X business jet.

About LMS International

LMS is an engineering innovation partner for companies in the automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing industries. With approximately 30 years of experience, LMS helps customers get better products to market faster and turn superior process efficiency into key competitive advantages. With a unique combination of 1D and 3D simulation software, testing systems and engineering services, LMS tunes into mission critical engineering attributes, ranging from system dynamics, structural integrity and sound quality to durability, safety and power consumption. With multi-domain solutions for thermal, fluid dynamics, electrical and mechanical system behavior, LMS can address the complex engineering challenges associated with intelligent system design. Thanks to our technology and dedicated people, LMS has become the partner of choice of more than 5,000 manufacturing companies worldwide. LMS, a Dassault Systèmes SIMULIA partner, is certified to ISO9001:2008 quality standards and operates through a network of subsidiaries and representatives in key locations around the world. For more information on LMS, visit www.lmsintl.com.

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