Welcome to the chair of Aero-Engine Design
Although aircraft engine technology has improved significantly in recent decades in terms of fuel economy, safety, reliability, etc., significant aviation emissions reduction requires a fundamental change and reconfiguration of aircraft propulsion systems. Furthermore, achieving the EU policy target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and a 30% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from aviation by 2035 compared to 2020 levels requires immediate action in research and development of alternative technologies.
Hybrid Electric Propulsion (HEP) architectures are one of the most promising solutions to make aviation greener and carbon neutral. The HEP concepts use highly efficient electric motors to generate thrust using sustainable aviation fuels. One of the challenges in the practical implementation of HEP in aircraft is efficient thermal management systems, which is an indispensable part of HEP for safe operations.
The Chair of Aero-engine Design (FTD) has many years of experience in researching thermal systems through various research projects with academic and industrial partners. Currently, FTD mainly focuses on the design and analysis of thermal management systems for HEP technology, which not only covers fundamental topics related to heat transfer, e.g. new heat exchanger concepts, but also includes investigations at the system level and component level. In addition, the chair is active in the multidisciplinary design and optimization of aircraft engines as well as the integration and installation of engines. These focal points are essential for assessing the feasibility of new concepts in early development phases.
As part of teaching, the FTD chair supports degree programs related to engine technology, which optimally prepares the students for a job in the aerospace industry or related sectors. A new international course on hybrid-electric drive technology is being prepared by the chair for the winter semester 2024/25.
Does this arouse your interest? Then take a look at our webpages and if you are interested in working on internships, research projects or theses, or looking for a position as a student assistant as part of our research activities, please contact the FTD team.
If you are interested in a joint research project, please contact Prof. Höschler.
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