Research and work areas of the Institute



Numerical simulation of the vortexes for an aircraft in take off

The Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology is a leading research institute in the field of aerodynamics/aeroacoustics of airplanes and aerothermodynamics of space vehicles. It has two main sites at Braunschweig and Göttingen and has a division at Cologne. 159 Scienttists - the total personal is 232 - are engaged in numerical and experimental investigations on air- and space vehicles. Experiments are performed in wind tunnels and in flight.

The institute coordinates its efforts with the German/European Aerospace industry and with a large number of universities. It is acting as a link between the basic research at the universities and industrial application. This results in a large number of cooperative national/European research projects.

  • Software Development
    • CFD/CAA Methods (Physical Models, Flow Solvers, Grid Generation)
    • Aerodynamic Design and Optimisation Techniques (Stochastik/Deterministic Methods, Adjoint Method)
    • Integration of Disciplines (Structure, Flight Mechanics)
    • Aircraft Design / MDO
    • Verification and Validation
    • Software Support

  • Aircraft Aerodynamics
    • Numerical and Experimental Analysis, Design and Optimisation
    • Wake-Vortex Interactions
    • High-Lift Systems, Engine-Integration
    • Fluid-Structure-Coupling
  • Aircraft Design and Assessment
    • Assessment of Technologies and of the Complete Aircraft
    • Tools from Handbook Methods to High-Fidelity Techniques

  • Experimental Methods
    • Wind Tunnel Investigations (Aerodynamic Derivatives, High-Lift Configurations, Airframe-Engine Integration, Low Drag Configurations)
    • Aircraft Models
    • Development / Application of Measurement Systems (e.g. Infrared Transition Detection)
    • Inflight Testing
    • System Competence for Laminar Flow Technology

  • Military Aircraft
    • Assessment and Design of Configurations (Transporter, Stealth Technology, UAV)
    • Maneuvering Aircraft

  • Helicopter Aerodynamics
    • Numerical and Experimental Analysis of Flow Phenomena
    • Fluid-Structure-Coupling

  • High-Speed-Configurations
    • Design, Analysis and Optimisation of Supersonic Aircraft
    • Hypersonic Missiles

  • Spacecraft
    • Aerodynamic and Aero-Thermodynamic Analysis of Spacecraft
    • Fluid-Structure-Coupling
    • Analysis of Satellite Control Engines

  • Aeroacoustics
    • Noise Measurements
    • Noise Prediction (Airframe, Propeller, Helicopter)
    • Aeroacoustic Design
    • Development of Noise Reduction Techniques
    • Prediction and calculation of noise emissions due to traffic

  • Technical Flows
    • Automotive Aerodynamics
    • Landing Gear Analysis
    • ICE Train Passing
    • Automotive Cooling Fans
    • Wind Turbine Design
    • Aircraft Cabin Flows

  • Flow Measurement Technology
    • Field Measurement Methods (PIV, LDA, BOOT, Rayleigh)
    • Surface Measurement Methods (PSP, TSP, Moire)
    • Flow Visualisation Techniques (Surface Oil Flow, Smoke Wire Flow, Hotfilm, Hotwire, Laser Light Sheet, Liquid Crystal Techniques, Hydrogen Bubble Flow, BOS, BOSS)

  • Acoustic Measurement Technology
    • Acoustic Flight Testing Techniques (e.g. Helicopter Blades)
    • Ground Microphone Array
    • Acoustic Mirror
    • Acoustic Wind Tunnel (AWB)

  • Hardware
    • Wind Tunnel Models
    • Measurement Sensors (Free Flight Tow Sensors, Wake Rakes, Hot Film, Hot Wire Anemometry, Steady/unsteady pressure measurements)
    • Measurement Equipment (Computer, Datenrekorder, Infrarotkameras, Hochgeschwindigkeits Schlieren Kamera, PIV Systeme, Akustische Spiegel, Mikrophonfelder, Derivative Balance)
    • Wind- and Water Tunnels: HEG, 1MG, TUG, WSG


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