The current societal debate on man-made climate change often mentions, among other transport modes and the industrial processes of energy conversion, the greenhouse gas emissions of aviation. Here, alternative, hybrid-electric propulsion systems offer an attractive way to further reduce these emissions in the short term and, in the long term, to achieve significant further fuel savings.
The Institute for Electrified Aero Engines focuses its research on lower emission, generally more electrified future aircraft engines for civil transport aircraft. The scientific questions are oriented towards alternative aircraft engines, which have high requirements regarding intelligent control due to their significantly increased system complexity, but also have the potential to be more climate-friendly and quieter.
For example, the classic propulsion engine is being replaced by a flexible propulsion system. Novel propulsion systems can consist of considerably more elements than currently used systems (cf. exemplary picture) and then also exhibit a high degree of technical complexity, which places increased demands on intelligent control systems to ensure efficient and safe operation at all times.
The institute consists of five departments:
Institute of Electrified Aero Engines