Student Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or similar : Assessment of International Strategies on the Future Air Transport System

Your mission:

The current aviation’s contribution to global CO2 emissions is estimated at 2% and its contribution to total greenhouse gas emissions is approximately 3%, since other exhaust gases and contrails emitted during flight also contribute to the greenhouse effect. The aviation industry contributes approximately 8% to the world gross domestic product, and aviation growth is projected to be 5 to 6% per year. By 2050, aviation’s of global carbon emissions is expected to grow to 3% and its contribution to total greenhouse gas emissions will be 5%. Air travel is expected to be the fastest growing transport mode in the future as it has tended to grow even faster than incomes during normal economic cycles. Air passenger-kilometres increase probably by a factor of four or five between 2005 and 2050. In the same period, aviation benefits from steady efficiency improvements in successive generations of aircraft. The technical potential to reduce the energy intensity of new aircraft has been estimated to lie between 25% and 50% by 2050. This is equivalent to an improvement of about 0.5% to 1% a year on average.

The work (study work, internship, bachelor's thesis or master's thesis) starts with the study of available international strategic documents for the future forecast in aviation. Based on these documents, the different technologies and Road Maps which are expected to lead to an improved future Air Transport System will be collected, compared and evaluated. The technologies cover the full range of aviation. Main task is the development of an assessment system for these technologies who have an impact on the future ATS.

The work contributes to the International Forum for Aviation Research

Your qualifications:

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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. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Course paper / final thesis, Internship

as soon as possible

4 to 12 months

DLR Hamburg

To location

DLR Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems

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Contact person :

Prof. Dr. Richard Degenhardt

Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems Tel: +49 531 295-3059

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Course paper / final thesis

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