Final of the international competition for students is being held on 5. July
Hall 6 on the exhibition site in Düsseldorf is being transformed into an unusual aircraft hangar on 5 July: students from five German and one Czech university will be competing against each other in the final of the international “Steel Flies” contest, in which they will be making a range of very different steel planes fly. There is nothing unusual about flying steel – aircraft are, after all, made primarily from steel and aluminium. The particular challenge for the students in this context is, however, to design and build structures that fly without being driven by an engine of their own. So these little indoor aircraft are basically unpowered planes that glide through the air. The lighter the planes, the easier it is for them to do this. The aircraft that stays in the air longest wins the international competition.
Friedrich-Georg Kehrer, Global Portfolio Director Metals and Flow Technologies at Messe Düsseldorf, stresses: “I am delighted that this competition is being held here on the exhibition site – the home of GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST – again. Steel is a fascinating material with which many innovative applications can be implemented in numerous different industries. I am really enthusiastic about how professionally and creatively the students have tackled the assignment.”
The “Steel Flies” competition has a long tradition. The “Steel Research Association” from Düsseldorf launched it 17 years ago in order to emphasise in a special way that steel is the ideal material for lightweight applications. Ever since then, mechanical engineering students have accepted this challenge year in, year out, developing any number of creative steel planes. This year, students from the universities of Aachen, Bremen, Darmstadt, Dortmund, Kassel and – for the first time – Prague are taking part in the competition.
The first round begins at 10 am on Wednesday, 5. July. All the planes will have been subjected beforehand to a technical examination of their weight, their size and the materials used. The second round starts at 12.30 pm. Two hours later, the jury will be meeting to take its final decision. The winners will then be announced at 4.30 pm.
The Bright World of Metals The four international technology trade fairs GIFA (International Foundry Trade Fair), METEC (International Metallurgical Trade Fair), THERMPROCESS (International Trade Fair for Thermo Process Technology) and NEWCAST (International Trade Fair for Castings) are being held in 14 halls from 25. to 29. June 2019. More than 2,000 exhibitors and about 78,000 visitors are expected to attend. International stakeholders in the castings, foundry technology, metallurgy and thermo process technology fields will then be focussing their attention on the city on the Rhine for five days. There will be a high-quality programme alongside the trade fairs too, with seminars, international congresses and lecture series. Further information is available in the Internet at www.gifa.de, www.metec.de, www.thermprocess,de, www.newcast.de and www.tbwom.com.