The German-Dutch Wind Tunnels (DNW), the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) and Delft University of Technology (TUD) signed this week a cooperation agreement with COMAC-BASTRI during the economic mission to China. BASTRI is the research branch of Chinese aircraft manufacturer COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China). The strategic cooperation covers a period of ten years. It is a good example of cooperation between Dutch scientific, research and knowledge organizations in their efforts to jointly enter into cooperation with foreign R&D institutes. The cooperation also involves participation of Dutch industry.
The Sino-Dutch cooperation includes joint R&D in the field of materials and new wind tunnel applications. In addition, the parties agreed to join efforts in the realization of a joint EU framework programme participation. In addition, the agreement includes consultancy, where knowledge and advice on projects and goals is transferred between the organizations. Also included in the agreement is exchange and training of researchers. Another part of the agreement is that parties can use each other’s facilities. Finally, at least once a year a Joint Cooperation Meeting will be organized aiming at strengthening the relationship, formulate new goals for cooperation and to discuss the progress of the projects.