Virtual Engine Platform

One research area is the Virtual Engine platform. At DLR, this is seen as a flexible competence platform that can be used to investigate interdisciplinary, engine-specific issues and develop solutions for the associated complex problems. Multi-fidelity tools are used to address the highest possible level of detail while at the same time describing the complex interrelationships in the engine depending on the related application. The platform is used to model new engine solutions as well as test benches and their components based on simulations and data over the entire product life cycle in order to be able to describe their interaction with their respective environment.

One focus here is the modeling of the secondary air system and the understanding of the physical phenomena that occur there. In this context, the multi-fidelity simulations have to be modeled to focus on fluid and structural mechanics and their interactions.

Methods and tools for data and process management are developed in collaboration with all research areas of the institute. This relates in particular to simulations such as the aerothermodynamic and aerodynamic evaluation of the secondary air system and service life analysis.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Reh

Deputy Director & Head of Department
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Test and Simulation for Gas Turbines