The KonTeKst project develops and analyses configurations and technologies for low-emissions and low-noise shorthaul aircraft. The technologies include configurative noise shielding concepts and processes for the reduction of source noise at the engine and on the aircraft. The focus is equally on how to use shorthaul aircraft in a way that does not damage the environment, in particular ATM integration and a suitable airport turnaround designed for shorter waiting times.
DLR's internal project KonTeKst (Configurations and Technologies for Low Emissions and Low Noise Shorthaul Aircraft) in which 11 institutes are participating, will run for three years (start: 01.01.2016). The project is led by the Institute of Aeroelasticity. The Institute of Flight Guidance is taking the lead in Main Work Package Four.
The KonTeKst project designs and evaluates aircraft configurations which meet the central demands of aircraft customers (top-level aircraft requirements – TLARs) and the prime objectives "low emission impact" and "low noise impact". However, the project is also developing direct technologies which will enable these goals to be achieved for shorthaul aircraft.
Due to the higher number of takeoffs and landings per day, the operational profile of shorthaul aircraft must be designed differently or the infrastructure of an airport must be adapted in comparison to medium or long haul aircraft. The crucial factor here is even more closely intermeshed airport processes which are specifically optimised for the needs of shorthaul aircraft. The design objective is a short turnaround time on the ground. This results, amongst other things, in accelerated handling of passengers and aircraft, improvements in the guidance of the aircraft on the ground and in the air as well as an increased resistance to disruption when it comes to the interrelationship of the various process trajectories.
Main Work Package Four, for which the Institute for Flight Guidance is responsible, looks at the use of the shorthaul aircraft in a way which does not damage the environment. This includes work such as the analysis of operational aspects, in particular the integration of ATM including a performance evaluation, the development of an airport turnaround suitable for shorthaul aircraft (faster handling processes) and investigations into low noise flight procedures.
With the KonTeKst project DLR is reinforcing its own expertise in the field of shorthaul aircraft and consolidating its position with regard to research partners from industry and outside.
DLR-Institut für Aeroelastik (coordinator)
DLR-Institut für Aerodynamik und Strömungstechnik
DRL-Institut für Bauweisen und Strukturtechnologie
DLR-Institut für Faserverbundleichtbau und Adaptronik
DLR-Institut für Flugführung
DLR-Institut für Flugsystemtechnik
DLR-Institut für Flughafenwesen und Luftverkehr
DLR-Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre
DLR-Robotik und Mechatronik Zentrum
DLR-Institut für Werkstoff-Forschung