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ADaMant - Modeling flow physics at the borders of the flight envelope
Highly accurate flow simulations are essential to reliably predict the aerodynamics from the design point beyond the borders of the flight envelope and to evaluate the potential of weight and fuel reduction technologies of low-emission aircraft design. The goal of DLR project ADaMant is the development and demonstration of appropriate physical models for highly accurate flow simulation on industrially relevant configurations towards the borders of the flight envelope.
AHRES - Optimized design of a complete hybrid rocket engine within 100 days
The Spacecraft department of the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology is currently developing and validating the novel software AHRES (Advanced Hybrid Rocket Engine Simulation), which in the future will enable the optimized design of a complete hybrid rocket engine and the analysis of solid rocket engines.
ADVENT - Lower energy consumption through innovative ventilation systems in long-range aircraft
In the Clean Sky 2 project ADVENT, the DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology develops novel ventilation concepts in a cabin mock-up of a long-range aircraft and conducts studies using numerical simulations and experimental investigations.
CHEOPS - Consortium for Hall Effect Orbital Propulsion System
The CHEOPS (Consortium for Hall Effect Orbital Propulsion System) is a challenging space project that proposes to develop three different Hall Effect Thruster (HET) Electric Propulsion Systems (EPS), each with specific requirements leading to specific improvements at system and subsystem levels, in order to serve different application fields or orbits.
CONF²AS² - Numerical simulation of spacecraft
Under the title CONF²AS², an integrated simulation environment based on the FlowSimulator is therefore being extended by the DLR-Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology based on existing work and in-house developments for aeronautic applications. In this environment different single field solvers are controlled and the data exchange is efficiently organized. The aim is to numerically design and investigate components such as the engine and its subsystems as well as the entire spacecraft.
Diabolo - Technologies and design of next generation fighter aircraft
The objectives of the DLR project Diabolo are to develop methods and processes for the design and performance assessment of next-generation fighter aircraft configurations. Diabolo is a German Federal Ministry of Defence (BMVg) basic funded research project within DLR research framework of Defence Technology.
DIGIfly - Innovative Softwaremethods for Digital Aircraft Design
In the collaborative research project DIGIfly physically comprehensive digital models and simulation methods are being developed for the design of aircraft and engines. To this end, advanced modules of the European next generation CFD-solver will be further developed and machine learning methods and artificial intelligence will be adapted.
EPIC - A better prediction of plume induced contamination on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa
The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is preparing missions to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, which is believed to harbor an ocean of liquid water underneath its icy crust. One mission scenario involves placing a lander onto Europas surface to sample its composition. The aim of the EPIC project is to characterize the extent to which plume induced contamination and erosion affect representative surface materials.
FK2020+ - Development of technologies and methods for future missile defence
Missiles play an important role in national and international air and missile defence. However, they need to be developed constantly in order to keep in step with upcoming future threats. The objective of project FK2020+ is to develop and verify innovative missile technologies and methods, for one in order to improve the performance of guided missiles, for another to develop tools and methods to develop and analyze missiles and missile technologies, for example in the frame of a threat analyses.
HiFi-TURB - High precision and fast calculation of relevant flow features
Within the EU program Horizon 2020 the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the partners evolve in the project HiFi-TURB (High-Fidelity DNS/LES for Innovative Turbulence Models) a new generation of reliable anisotropy-resolving turbulence models, able to predict accurately separated and vortical flows for the European aeronautics industry to be used in RANS and Hybrid RANS-LES methods – forming the CFD backbone in industry.
HLFC-WIN - Innovative laminar wing concept for the low-emission aircraft of the future
With the HLFC-Win project, Clean Sky 2 LPA (Large Passenger Aircraft) focuses on the development of an innovative wing concept. One major field of research and development of environmentally friendly aircraft is higher aerodynamic efficiency. The objective is to reduce the drag for the lift needed. Less drag results in less fuel consumption, which in turn reduces the CO2 and NOX emissions.
IndiAna Wind - Development of powerful and quiet airfoils with high relative thickness
In the course of increasing efficiency of today’s energy production, the rotor diameters of modern wind turbines become increasingly larger. Within the project IndiAnaWind the scientistst of the DLR-Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology develop airfoils with high relative thickness, which stand out due to high aerodynamic efficiency and low aeroacoustic emission.
INTELWI-DLR - Investigations on a high aspect ratio and ultra-efficient intelligent wing
The INTELWI research project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is investigating an "intelligent wing" for future commercial aircraft that responds as far as possible autonomously to external influences such as maneuvers and gusts with active and passive load alleviation. The Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology leads the subproject and will investigate selected technologies and simulation methods for a high aspect ratio, sensor-equipped, actively controlled wing.
KonSENS - Innovative software methods for flow simulations around virtual aircraft
Numerical simulation is one of the key technologies enabling a fully digital description of aircraft. Thus, the provision of multi-disciplinary simulation tools is an important element on the way towards a virtual product. Within the DLR-project KonSENS, the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology evolves innovative software methods for flow simulations around virtual aircraft.
KuuL - For a climate-friendly and energy-efficient long-range flight
In the DLR project KuuL (Klimafreundlicher ultra-effizienter Langstreckenflug), scientists from seven DLR institutes are investigating and designing the influence of new, synthetic fuels and alternative mission profiles with aircraft and engine designs adapted to these. Criteria will be the impact on the atmosphere as well as economy and flight time.
LNATRA - Retrofittable technologies for aircraft noise reduction
Whereas new development and market entry often takes decades for newly designed quieter aircraft, noisereducing modifications offer short or mediumterm prospects for change, and can take effect much more quickly. This is what makes the LNATRA project so important.
NACOR - Aerodynamic and aeroacoustic design and evaluation of the RACER compound helicopter
As part of the European CleanSky2 research initiative Airbus Helicopters is developing the RACER compound helicopter demonstrator. The DLR-Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology and the french research establishment ONERA have now joined their skills in the NACOR core partner project to support Airbus Helicopters in the aerodynamic and aeroacoustic design of RACER.
oLAF - Evaluate the potential of active load alleviation for efficient long-range aircraft
In the DLR project Optimal Load Adaptive Aircraft (oLAF), scientists are investigating the potential for increasing efficiency through the use of load reduction technologies in the design of long-range aircraft.
ReFEx - Reusable Flight Experiment
The German Aerospace Center is currently developing a flight experiment as a technology demonstrator for a reusable, Vertical Take-off and Horizontal Landing (VTHL) booster stage, the Reusable Flight Experiment (ReFEx). This project allows development progress on several sub-systems and their interaction, generating the know-how needed to actually fly a VTHL booster stage.
RETALT - European reusable launch systems for more sustainability in spaceflight
Within the EU program Horizon 2020 the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the five partners from industry teamed up in the project RETALT (RETro propulsion Assisted Landing Technologies) to enhance the know-how in reusable rockets in Europe, which start upright and land upright after a successful mission.
RIT2x Lifetime Test - Long term tests for the thruster RIT2x
The DLR-Institut of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology performs a lifetime qualification test of ArianeGroup’s radio frequency gridded thruster RIT2x in the electric propulsion test facility of DLR Göttingen.
SimBaCon - Simulation Based Certification
Vor ihrem Markteintritt müssen alle Arten von industriellen Produkten einen Prozess der Qualifikation oder Zulassung durch staatliche Stellen durchlaufen, um nachzuweisen, dass die geltenden Sicherheits- und Umweltvorschriften erfüllt werden. Die dazu notwendige Virtualisierung möglichst vieler Prozesse der Produktentwicklung und des Betriebs im Rechner ist zentraler Forschungsgegenstand in allen Bereichen des DLR. Um diese Aktivitäten zu bündeln, hat das DLR das Querschnittsprojekt „Simulation Based Certification“ (SimBaCon) gestartet.
STORT flight experiment - Key Technologies for High-Speed Return Flights of Launcher Stages
The focus of DLR's STORT project is on qualifying technologies for hot hypersonic flight and thermal management of thermally highly stressed components at high Mach numbers. To achieve this goal, a three-stage sounding rocket is used for the STORT flight experiment.
SynergIE - Investigation of distributed hybrid-electric propulsions on short-range aircrafts
In the DLR partner project SynergIE, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the scientists investigate the overall system of a hybrid-electric short-range aircraft for up to 100 passengers with distributed propulsion on the wing in order to investigate and quantify potential efficiency improvements.
TITENT - Combined flight calibration system for entering Titan's atmosphere
NASA announced Dragonfly’s selection as the next solar system exploration mission of the New Frontiers program. The mission is an MMRTG-powered rotorcraft lander that will launch in 2026 and arrive at Saturn's moon Titan in 2034. NASA formed a team including the German Aerospace Center (DLR) for the Engineering Science Investigation (ESI) for instrumentation of the entry capsule of the Dragonfly mission.
UHBR2Noise - Cabin noise due to fuselage excitation
Ongoing research initiatives by the consortium leader Airbus funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) aim to enable research and development of future lightweight and acoustically optimized cabin structures by simulations on the ground, thereby reducing cost-intensive flight tests as much as possible. The subproject UHBR2Noise - DUR "Pressure and Fuselage Structure" by DLR is intended to supplement necessary, previously unavailable input information for cabin noise prediction.
URBAN-Rescue - Rotorcraft as pure emergency doctor transporter within urban environments
Within the internal project URBAN-Rescue, researchers from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) work on two scenarios of DLR’s Guiding Concept "Rescue Helicopter 2030" with defined requirement profiles, which include the fast rescue helicopter and a new rotorcraft as pure emergency doctor transporter.
UTOPIAE - Early Stage Researchers for aerospace systems of the future
UTOPIAE is a European research and training network looking at cutting edge methods bridging optimisation and uncertainty quantification applied to aerospace systems.
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