Drone Strike on Aircraft – Research (DESIRE)

Duration: 10/2018 – 09/2022

Volume: 588.383,89 €


  • Determination of damage to aircraft structures due to collisions with unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • Determination of the damage potential of the energy storage device in collisions with manned aerial vehicles
  • Behaviour of the energy storage device during high velocity impact events (bombardment tests at approx. 100 m/s)
  • Expansion of the competence field of aeronautical engineering

MAI Impact

Duration: 04/2016-07/2017

Volume: 1,2 Mio €


  • Investigation of advanced composite solutions for impact and vibration-prone structures.
  • Further development of material models and modelling methods
  • Broadening the material database
  • Implementation of the findings for mobility applications

Integrated design and development environment for aerospace (IDEA)

Aeronautics Research Programme V-3 Funded by BMWi
Duration: April 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022
Volume: 267.200 € (plus VAT)

Coopoeration project with:

AES Aerospace Embedded Solutions, Airbus Defence and Space, Diehl Aerospace GmbH, Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Philotech Systementwicklung und Software GmbH,Karlsruher Institut für Technologie KIT, Konzept Informationssysteme GmbH, SYSGO GmbH, Nord-Micro GmbH & Co. OHG , Fortiss

Aims of the research:

Integration of software requirements into model-based software development, integration of software building block elements and knowledge transfer.




  • Heimbs, S; Wagner, T; Viana Lozoya, J. T.; Hoenisch, B; Franke, F.: “Comparison of impact behavior of glass, carbon and Dyneema composites.” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Volume 223, Issue 3, page: 951-966, March 22, 2018 (http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/S68QN9R5uFnkHf8tR6RJ/full) (https://doi.org/10.1177/0954406218764509)
  • Experimental and numerical assessment of aerospace grade composites based on high-velocity impact experiments // Wagner Tim; Heimbs, Sebastian; Franke Florian, Burger Uli, Peter Middendorf / Composite Structures 204: 142-152, 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2018.07.019

Conference calls

  • High Speed Impact Testing of Thermoplastic Composite Plates // Franke Florian, Burger U; Heimbs S; Seidel Christian, Brudzinski, P.V.; Huehn, D // AHS International 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display, Fort Worth, Texas, USA, May 9-11, 2017
  • Advanced impact simulations of aerospace grade composites based on high-velocity impact experiments // Wagner, T.; Heimbs, S.; Franke, F.; Burger, U. // 3rd International Conference on Mechanics of Composites, Bologna, Italy, July 4-7, 2017
  • Impact Scenarios for Collisions with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their Consequences to Rotorcraft // 44th European Rotorcraft Forum, Delft, Netherlands, September 19-20, 2018
  • Evaluation of collisions with small unmanned aerial vehicles and their consequences to rotorcraft //Burger U, Franke F, Schwab M, Engleder A, AHS International 75th Vertical Flight Society (VFS) Annual Forum, 13-16.05.2019, Philadelphia, USA
  • Motion Planning for Collision Mitigation via FEM-Based Crash Severity Maps // Bruno Simon*, Florian Franke, Peter Riegl, Andreas Gaull // IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV), Paris, France, 09.06-12.06.2019
  • An Analytical Approach to Determine the Impact Force of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Collisions with Rigid and Elastic Targets // Florian Franke, Michael Schwab, Uli Burger, Christian Hühne // 1. Aerospace Europe Conference, Bordeaux, France // 25-28.02.2020
  • Investigation of drone strikes to jet engines // Michael Schwab, Florian Franke, Uli Burger // 1st Applied Research Web Conference 2020 // 06.07.2020
  • Investigation of drone strikes to jet engines // Michael Schwab, Florian Franke, Uli Burger // 69. Deutscher Luft- und Raumfahrtkongress 2020    (online) // 01. – 03.09.2020


  • Carlos Martin, „Methodenentwicklung zur Erzeugung von Weg-Zeit- und Kraft-Weg-Verläufen bei High-Speed-Impact-Tests“, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, 2.3.2017, (Prof. Dr.-Ing Uli Burger), Bachelorarbeit
  • Maximilian Janek, „Entwicklung eines berührungslosen Wegmessverfahrens für High Speed Impactvorgänge“, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, 31.3.2017, (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Burger), Bachelorarbeit
  • Liew Xiang Shan, “Finite Element Modeling of a Drone under Different Load Cases”, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, 07.09.2017, (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Burger), Bachelorarbeit
  • David Rainer, “Inbetriebnahme von Impactvorrichtungen”, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, 15.02.2019, (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Burger), Bachelorarbeit
  • Marvin Geyer, „Auslegung und Konstruktion eines Split-Hopkinson-Pressure-Bar-Prüfstands“, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, 29.03.2019, (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Burger), Bachelorarbeit
  • Niklas Nitsch, „Konzeptanalyse von 3D-Druck-Materialien zur Vereinfachung von Drohnenschlag-Impacttests“, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, 22.08.2019, (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Burger), Bachelorarbeit
  • Stefan Sawatzky, „Kerbschlagbiegeversuch von 3D-Druckproben“, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, 28.08.2020, (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Burger), Bachelorarbeit
  • Michael Schwab, “Investigation of drone strike to jet engines: Preliminary experimental tests, test rig design and numerical analysis”, 01.10.2020, (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Burger), Masterarbeit


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uli Burger
Phone: +49 841 9348-4321
Room: A230
Prof. Dr. Andreas Frey
Vice Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science
Prof. Dr. Andreas Frey
Phone: +49 841 9348-2330
Room: B005
Dean of Studies Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Göllinger
Phone: +49 841 9348-3780
Room: A208
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ludwig König
Phone: +49 841 9348-4400
Room: A230