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The NFL supports coordinated and strategically important aerospace research projects at the Braunschweig Research Airport, in cooperation with its academic and research partners throughout Lower Saxony. The focus of the joint research projects is fundamental research.


SE²A - Sustainable and Energy Efficient Aviation

The excellent cluster SE²A is an interdisciplinary research program targeting developments for efficient and sustainable procedures in aviation. Lowering the emissions and noises of aircrafts, working on new concepts for the recycling ability of air transport systems and improving the air traffic management, researchers from aviation, electrical engineering, energy, chemistry and design are forming a joint project. Alongside the TU Braunschweig, the German Aerospace Center, the Leibniz University Hannover, the Braunschweig University of Art and the Federal Technical Institute (PTB) are part of the research program.

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Energy System Transformation in Aviation

A current challenge regarding aviation is to satisfy society’s need for mobility and at the same time reduce environmental impacts caused by air transport. For this purpose, the interdisciplinary research project Energy System Transformation in Aviation, was established. It aims at reducing emissions, decreasing noise pollution and ensuring recycling capability of air transport systems. Moreover the development of an adjusted air transportation management makes up an important issue of the project. The project will start on 1st September 2016.

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Collaborative Research Center SFB 880: Fundamentals of High Lift for Future Civil Aircraft

"Principles of High Lift for Future Commercial Aircraft", the Collaborative Research Center SFB 880, investigates various concepts for active high-lift systems. The studies focus primarily on questions regarding noise reduction and improved scalability of performance parameters during take-off and landing. This research project began in January 2011.

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Collaborative Research Center TR40

The CRC TR40 deals with the integration of rocket engines in space transport systems, ensuring a compromise between costs of development, production and performance by using chemical propulsion rockets. This is the best way to balance the costs of development and production. Besides, sustainable basic reasearch, extension and improvement of new innovations in a joint work are required to secure the success of the project. Operating since July 2008, the collaborative research center TR40 embodies this communal cooperation.

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The danger of iced aircrafts still appears to be a major risk for air traffic, especially for civil aircrafts which are ranging in areas with supercooled water droplets. The project »Supercooled Large Droplets Icing«, also known as SuLaDI, is dedicated to this difficulty. Institutes of the DLR and the TU Braunschweig cooperate on the research of the principles of icing and its effects. Beside the recognition of icing-situations and coping strategies the project focuses on the development of new and efficient proceedings for de-icing. Started in October 2011, the project was aligned to a time period of five years. SuLaDI is promoted by the Helmholtz Community within the context of the support action DLR@Uni.

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Metropolitan Aircraft

"Metropolitan Aircraft", a joint research project of TU Braunschweig, DLR, and LU Hannover, developed a vision of inter-European air transportation of the future, with small airports close to cities providing efficient point-to-point connections. At the same time, the project was developing the basic technology such a vision would require. The project began in July 2009 and ended in December 2014.

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Research Group FOR1066: Simulation of the Covering of Aerofoils and Engine Nacelles

The research group FOR1066 is commited to take up the challenges in developing and flight testing civil aircrafts and flight engines. Involving immense costs and risks, the decisions made are associated with high economic expenses. The latest simulation methods for aerodynamics and flight engines are supposed to realise a contemporary numeric simulation of flight conditions on the edge of flight envelope. This scope of tasks is covered by the research group FOR1066, which is supported financially by the German research community.

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