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Course paper / final thesis, Internship

Creation of a Software Library for the Interpolation of Multidimensional Performance Maps in the CPACS Data Exchange Format

Starting date

1 October 2021 or later

Duration of contract

6 months


up to the German TVöD 5

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

The Institute for System Architectures in Aeronautics treats aviation as an overall system, starting with the transport system and the aircraft and ending with the production of individual components. The research aims at new system architectures, i.e. the interaction of all elements in this system of systems.
A key element in the joint and cross-disciplinary modeling of the system architectures is the use of the central data exchange format CPACS (Common Parametric Aircraft Configuration Schema, www.cpacs.de). Applying CPACS and its software libraries to interpret parametric data significantly reduces the number of interfaces required and the number of conversion and interpretation errors between disciplines involved in the design. It also forms a solid basis for communication between the specialists involved in the design.

You will develop an interpolation library with the goal of ensuring consistent and robust use of multidimensional aerodynamic and engine maps. For this purpose, you will first design a concept for the optimal use of such a library in a common aircraft preliminary design process. Based on literature studies, you will identify suitable interpolation approaches and then extend the existing prototype of a CPACS library with an interpolation module. After successful verification of your implementation, you will integrate the library into an exemplary design process in order to evaluate the usage concept you developed at the beginning in practical use.

Your qualifications:

  • You are currently studying engineering, mathematics, physics or equivalent
  • basic knowledge programming languages
  • knowledge of Python/Matlab for prototypical preliminary studies desirable
  • knowledge of C++ for the implementation in the CPACS library desirable

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 unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Dr.-Ing Marko Alder
Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics

Phone: +49 40 2489641-339

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