The project "SUstainability Modeling and Analysis of Future Aircraft Systems", in short SUMAFly, focuses on the development and application of "Life Cycle Engineering" methods for the life cycle oriented sustainability assessment of future aircraft systems. In particular, the energy carrier, storage, and supply systems used in novel propulsion concepts, such as lithium-ion batteries or fuel cells, are considered. The systematic modeling of material, energy, and capital flows within the entire life cycle of an aircraft lays the foundations for the assessment of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. It supports decision making concerning the design of future aircraft systems in the early stages of the development process.
The project aims to develop methods for life cycle oriented sustainability assessment of future aircraft systems. For this purpose, systematic modeling of material, energy, and capital flows in all phases of the life cycle is carried out. On this basis, a detailed life cycle inventory of the environmental impacts of the product system is drawn up, which is the foundation of the subsequent sustainability assessment.
SUMAFly is intended to enable a holistic assessment of novel propulsion concepts concerning aspects of environmental, economic, and social sustainability following the "triple bottom line" framework, thus supporting the decision making concerning specific aircraft configurations in early development phases. For this purpose, a "Life Cycle Engineering" tool will be developed, which enables the multi-dimensional sustainability assessment of different configurations.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Herrmann
Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology
Prof. Dr. Thomas S. Spengler
Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production