The Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology is organized into nine departments, with three joint departments located at the two sites in Braunschweig and Göttingen and one department located in Cologne. The work of the departments is primarily focused on the development of methods for sustainable industrial application in analysis and design as well as the large-scale demonstration of new ideas, processes and technologies. In our function as a link between basic university research and industrial application, the scientific expertise of our specialist departments flows into an international network of research and industry.
In the department Ground Vehicles, we investigate all aspects of vehicle aerodynamics including various ventilation concepts using both experimental and numerical methods in different working groups.
In the C²A²S²E department, we develop numerical methods and processes for multidisciplinary simulation and make them available for applications in aircraft aerodynamics - from flight physics design to virtual certification.
In the department Experimental Methods, we develop optical and acoustical field measurement techniques for the acquisition of fluid-mechanical and aero-acoustical quantities and applie them mainly in large industrial wind tunnels for aerodynamics.
Our research topics in the department High Speed Configurations are flows in the transonic and hypersonic speed regime.
In the department Helicopters, we are researching the aerodynamics and noise emission of helicopters and air taxis and are developing technologies for high-performing but quiet rotorcraft. For this purpose, we use wind tunnels, flight tests and numerical calculations.
In the Spacecraft department, we develop, qualify and apply numerical and experimental tools and methods for the complete aerodynamic and aerothermal design and characterization of aerospace vehicles during all phases of a mission.
In the Technical Acoustics department, we investigate the sound generation at aircraft and wind turbines and develop technologies to reduce respective sources of noise.
In the Transport Aircraft department, we perform numerical and experimental investigations on the aerodynamics of commercial and transport aircraft. In doing so, we optimize complex aircraft configurations with high-lift systems.
In the department of supersonic and hypersonic technologies, we conduct technologically oriented research in advance of industrial developments with our facilities, some of which are unique in Europe.