The Institute of Air Transportation Systems is pleased to congratulate Kai Wicke for completing his doctoral thesis on the topic of “Assessment of Aircraft with Natural Laminar Flow within the Operational Environment ”.
The doctoral examination took place on 5th of February in the Integrated Design Laboratory. The doctoral thesis was reviewed by Prof. Volker Gollnick (Head of Air Transportation Systems) and Prof. Eike Stumpf (Head of Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – RWTH Aachen).
The thesis addresses the assessment of an aircraft optimized for the application of natural laminar flow technology within its operational environment. The complex interactions and implications due to the integration of the aircraft into the air transportation system are modeled by applying a multidisciplinary simulation and assessment framework. For this purpose, computational tools for modeling aircraft design, operational factors and drivers, trajectory calculation, noise prediction and cost-benefit analysis are applied. The benefits are determined for varying operational boundary conditions (e.g. utilization profile of the aircraft, fuel price, maintenance cost, etc.) in the fields of efficiency, economy and ecology.