The research work carried out at the Institute of Propulsion Technology is strictly focused on the improvement of gas turbines in aviation and electric power generation by medium- to long-term exploitation of the inherent technical potentials. All current R&T projects focus on the needs and requirements of society and industry, primarily concerning efficiency, developmental risk, safety and environmental aspects as exhaust and noise emission reduction.
Institute of Propulsion Technology
As a result of the turbine development in recent years, a new turbine test bench will be established in the Göttingen department, which is capable of simulating the most important flow parameters of future high-performance turbines on the one hand and on the other hand large enough to allow detailed measurements to be carried out in the flow field or on the model turbine.
Test benches of the Institute of Propulsion Technology Cologne
The institute's research and development activities focus on the further development of air-breathing turbo aircraft engines in terms of efficiency, weight, pollutant and noise emissions.
Faster further development of steam turbines with new calculation methods
Extremely precise and fast: In 2016, DLR, together with the Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Dresden, developed a process that simulates the flow of water vapour in turbomachinery with high precision and 10 times faster than before.