Aviation

PROJECT CASE STUDY

Frankfurt Airport

In 1909 the predecessor to Frankfurt Airport at Frankfurt am Main was the home to the world’s first airline – the German Airship Travel Corporation. The first official airport in Frankfurt was opened in 1912. Due to the rise in civilian air traffic, a new, larger airport was planned in 1924. Because of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, this wasn’t realised until 1936, however. Two of Germany’s largest Zeppelins, the Graf and Hindenburg were based at this airport until the tragic crash of the Hindenburg in the USA, which put an end to the airship era.

From June 1948 to May 1949 the airport, along with Hamburg and Hanover airports, was used as part of the Berlin Airlift.

The current Frankfurt Airport is the busiest passenger airport in Germany and the busiest cargo airport in Europe. It serves over 300 destinations across five continents making it the airport with the most direct routes in the world.

The challenge

In 2017 Fraport, the company that runs Frankfurt Airport and other airports around the world asked us to take on a project at the Frankfurt. Even though it was a relatively small assignment, involving just two masts, it was a complex challenge. A challenge that probably only we could solve thanks to our range of symmetric and asymmetric optics.

Three apron stands, in a critical part of the airport, needed lighting using two existing masts. The masts had and installation range between 18m and 20m high and 230m apart. Two aprons were underneath each mast. The third, however, was in between them – 115m away from each – and wasn’t fully complying with ICAO regulations. Fraport also asked us to make sure the service roads and the general areas between the aprons were lit. So the area to be covered was very large.

As well as not providing compliant lighting to the middle apron, the 2Kw, symmetric optic only, luminaires being used were expensive to run and needed a high amount of maintenance. They were also causing glare issues for pilots and ground crew. Hence the need for an LED solution.

Fraport also asked for lighting level readings, when the system was installed and 12 months later, at 1m intervals and not the industry norm of 10m to 15m. This was to check that the uniformity was equally spread over the entire area to be illuminated. Just one dark spot would mean the project was a failure. An added challenge – but one we knew we could meet.

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Sector:

Aviation

Customer:

Frankfurt Airport/Fraport

Number of passengers:

65,000,000

Runways:

4

Project date:

October 2017

LED floodlights installed:

32

Type:

24 x Titan 720 & 8 x Modus 900

Lux average values:

100+ Lux average on the side stands and 34 Lux average on the central stand, with 20 Lux average on the service road.

Uniformity:

>0.3 side stands, >0.55 central stand, >0.75 service road

Our solution

After visiting the airport, our designers and engineers decided a unique solution was needed – one that hadn’t been delivered before. A hybrid of symmetric and asymmetric technology, using 12 of our Titan 720 and 4 Modus 900 luminaires on each high mast, was the way forward. Together, they’d allowed us to aim light at the right levels in the precise areas needed.

You’ll find a list of Titan and Modus features and benefits below.

After running simulation after simulation our team was sure they’d solved the challenge. All that came next were the installation and lighting checks. Both went completely smoothly. 12 months later we ran the lighting checks again and nothing had changed. The project was a complete success.

Following the installation at Frankfurt, we’ve delivered a completely new, compliant lighting system for each of the 14 airports Fraport runs in Greece.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

LED
Number of Projectors32
Nominal Power for single appliance705W-990W
Absorbed power (measured data)24.84
Total power absorbed24.84 kW
Energy Consumption per year108799.20 kWh (based on 12hrs per day)
Colour temperature5000K
Colour rendering indexCRI 70 Min

Titan Series
Applications: Aviation and Maritime. One of our flagship products, the Titan Series has been tried, tested, and endorsed by some of the world’s biggest and busiest airports and seaports.

It provides highly asymmetric floodlighting, making it the perfect solution where low glare is essential such as airports. Manufactured with our propriety optics, the Series delivers maximum light levels across designated areas. Easily configured and optimised for very specific applications, the Titan Series has been built to survive the harshest of conditions.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF THE TITAN SERIES:

  • Manufactured with a stainless steel construction that improves structural integrity and life of product, a critical need when used in challenging environments.
  • An in-house designed extruded heat sink allows for highly efficient heat dissipation due to its large surface area, when compared with a die-cast product. This keeps lumen degradation to a minimum, extending life
    and performance.
  • It’s proprietary optic lenses provide the highest level of asymmetric distribution in the market. This allows clients to achieve required light levels with less power, fewer luminaries and all with lower glare.
  • The Series is designed as standard with an integrated 2 step surge protection up to 15kA / 20kV which protects the luminaire against power surges meaning more reliability and longer performance.
  • Comes as standard with DALI controls for plug and play capability.
  • A uniquely designed bracket and cable retractor allow for ease of install for both retrofit and new build projects.
  • All components are individually IP66 certified.
  • Product is certified to ENEC and CB requirements.

MODUS SERIES

The Modus Series was developed to provide a solution for environments that need to replace 2 kW Metal Halide projectors. These environments can range from military airfields to open-air repair bays requiring a high lumen package but long-life and low maintenance products. The modular design of the Modus light allows for a versatile approach to lighting design, enabling new ways to combine different power in the same location.

Meanwhile, an extruded aluminium heatsink, and stainless steel construction allow this range to be used in harsh environmental conditions.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF THE MODUS SERIES:

  • It’s manufactured with stainless steel construction to improve the structural integrity and life of the – a critical need when used in challenging environments.
  • The modular design allowing for versatile and tailored applications and solutions.
  • The high lumen package it delivers, of over 112,000 lumens, meets the highest requirements and standards.
  • It is designed to have either asymmetric or symmetric distribution which allows for a flexible solution that can be used in a wide range of applications.
  • An in-house designed extruded heat sink also allows for highly efficient heat dissipation due to its large surface area, when compared with a die-cast product. This keeps lumen degradation to a minimum, extending life and performance too.
  • The Series is designed as standard with an integrated 2-step surge protection of up to 15kA/20kV. This protects the luminaire against power surges and means the product is even more reliable and performs longer.
  • It has DALI controls for plug and play capability.

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