Among the large-scale facilities operated at the Center for Lightweight-Production-Technology
of the German Aerospace Center in Stade BALU is the world's largest research autoclave.
With a loading length of 20m and a loading diameter of 5.8 m the main objective of
the facility is the optimization of the curing process operated by components made
of carbon fiber on an industrial scale. For this reason, a novel dynamic autoclaving
control has been developed that is characterized by peripheral devices to expend the
performance of the facility for differential applications, by sensing systems to detect
the component state throughout the curing process and by a feedback system, which
is capable to intervene into the running autoclave process.