Course paper / final thesis, Internship

Pre-Design and assessment of High-Lift actuation system architectures

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Duration of contract

4 - 6 months

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

Driven by the need for more ecofriendly air transport impact on the environment, the evolution of flight control systems is tailored towards the design of multifunctional systems (e.g. the flaps which are typically used for providing high lift, could additionally be used for roll control, or for span-wise lift distribution to reduce wing loads). The subsystems which actuate the control surfaces are very complex, composed of hundreds of components working together. Designing new concepts to accommodate the multifunctional flight control requirements is a complex and demanding task. Using Design Structure Matrix methods for generating alternative system architectures is a promising way for extensively exploring the solution space. Thus, to allow for alternative actuation architecture choices at the beginning of the design process, the aim of this work is to support the development of a new design methodology for rapid predesign and assessment of alternative actuation architectures.

Your qualifications:

  • Engineering studies, preferably in systems engineering, mechanical/aerospace engineering or mechatronics
  • knowledge in Function Hazard Assessment (FHA)
  • knowledge in development of product / system architectures or similar
  • knowledge in Matlab / Simulink or Python or similar programming language

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Leonel Chama Akoto
Flight Systems

Phone: +49 531 295-2841

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DLR site Braunschweig

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DLR Institute of Flight Systems

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