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Research Day 2017

On November 22, the 8th Research Day of the NFL took place in Braunschweig. About 100 experts and researchers discussed the topic of sustainable and energy-efficient aviation.

To enable energy-efficient aviation, hybrid electrical systems for short haul traffic as well as highly dense synthetical energy storage devices and corresponding propulsion concepts for long haul traffic are essential. These have to be compatible with the air traffic system, i.e. meet the requirements  of the certification process and live up to the challenges of long product lifecycles. Research at the NFL contributes to the fundamentals and technologies to such a sustainable and energy-efficient aviation.

Prof. Mirko Hornung, member of the scientific management board of Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V. and chair of the institute for aviation systems at TU Munich, presented energy options for aviation in 2050. Prof. Arno Kwade from the TU Braunschweig talked about chances and limits of batteries for electric flying. He pointed out the extraordinary possibilities of battery research at the TU Braunschweig. Finally, Dr. Nils Beck, member of the project team "Energy Transformation in Aviation", presented the different challenges and possible solutions for the questions adressed by the project.


In memory of two outstanding personalities of aviation research in Braunschweig, the Hermann-Blenk Research Prize for groundbreaking research results and the Karl-Doetsch Young Scientist Prize for student theses contributing to efficient, safe and sustainable air traffic, were awarded this year.

Hermann-Blenk Research Prize for Dr.-Ing. André Bauknecht

A new optical measuring process for helicopter rotors was developed by André Bauknecht from the German Aerospace Center Göttingen in the context of his doctoral dissertation. He was supported by the institute for turbo and fluid dynamics of the Leibniz Universität Hannover. Amongst other things, his experiments were carried out at the DLR site in Braunschweig. The jury recognised this project's great potential in defining a new standard measuring process, which could have a big impact on the development of future helicopter rotors. In contrast to the state-of-the-art processes, his measurement technique can be applied without additional sensors and even during manouevering flight. André Bauknecht studied aerospace engineering at the University Stuttgart and passed his doctorate dissertation "Characterization of blade tip vortices on large-scale rotors" in 2016 with distinction.

Karl-Doetsch Young Scientist Prize for Sebastian Giersch

Making a contribution for improved pilot training and air safety, Sebastian Giersch from the institute for meteorology and climatology of the Leibniz Universität Hannover, succeeded in feeding complex flight simulators with realistic turbulent atmospheric windfields. In context of his master's thesis, he gave proof that these windfields have a big impact on the flight conditions, for instance in the simulation of a landing approach.

Karl-Doetsch Young Scientist Prize for Philip Ströer

Philip Ströer from the institute for aerodynamics and fluid mechanics of the German Aerospace Center Braunschweig worked on the simulation of turbulent shear flow. He investigated the numeric dissolution of turbulent swaying movements and the mathematical models of the turbulence.

Karl-Doetsch Young Scientist Prize for Torben Glindemann

Investigating new space-truss-based construction methods in the area of fiber reinforced composites, Torben Glindemann from the institute of adaptronics and functional integration of TU Braunschweig received the Karl-Doetsch-Young-Scientist-Award. He developed an automatic laying head for fibre-reinforced interfaces and tested it in a prototype laying-device.

Karl-Doetsch Young Scientist Prize for Alexander Peuker

Alexander Peuker from the institute of flight guidance of the TU Braunschweig developed and built a flexible measuring unit. Making it possible to receive analog signals and transform them into digital signals, his work plays an important role in flight measurement techniques and flight testing.

The NFL acknowledges the financial support of its donators and sponsors for the research awards. These were made possible by the sponsors Aerodata AG, Airbus Operations GmbH, Forschungsflughafen Braunschweig GmbH, Ingenieurbüro Dr. Hillger and Invent GmbH.

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