Biofidelic bird

ALPHA - The test body for bird impact tests (Bird Strike Tests)

The bone and tissue structure was derived from a CT scan of an average chicken. The tissue structures with their different properties replicate the outer shell and internal organs of the bird.

  • Artificial test body corresponding to a 0,7 kg or 1.8 kg chicken
  • True to nature with skeleton and soft tissues
  • Identical test specimen => reproducible test result

Our artificial bird body is available in two variants:

  •     Variant 1 has a weight of 0.7 kg
  •     Variant 2 has a weight of 1.8 kg


  • True to nature test sample
  • High reproducibility
  • Plannable, constant availability
  • Reduction of cleaning effort 
  • Increased efficiency in test processing 

Wide range of applications:

  • Aircraft engines
  • Wing edges
  • Windscreens of airplanes
  • Windshields of high-speed trains
  • Helicopters

Reference DLR

Press release DLRBT on the Primus biofidelic dummy and biofidelic artificial bird

DLRBT received visit by CTS for an exchange on crash test dummies. Peter Schimmelpfennig and Dr Mirko Dobberstein toured the institute. Test possibilities were discussed at the DLR Stuttgart site and how CTS’ Biofidel Anthropomorphic Test Dummy can contribute to occupant safety in aeronautics.

On that occasion two witnessed tests with 1.8 kg (4 lbs) birds were conducted: CTS biofidel artificial bird under identical impact conditions and DLR’s Artificial Bird DLRRAB.

See latest application of DLRRAB: Information

For this rotorcraft application on the RACER a DLRRAB with 1.0 kg was applied. DLRRAB is scalable to all bird weights.

Stay tuned for more information!

Of course, during the visit all Corona rules were observed!

Research scientist at German Aerospace Center DLR and SAE G-28
Simulants for Impact and Ingestion Testing Committee
Stefan Andreas Ritt

DLR Bird Strike Testing


WDR-report: Crash test dummy instead of real chickens

RTL-report: Chicken-Test

ZDF-report: Birds for bird strike tests (at min. 01:08:50)

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