SUMAFly – SUstainability Modelling and Analysis of Future Aircraft Systems 

Project Description

The project „Sustainability Modelling and Analysis of Future Aircraft Systems“ (SUMAFly) is part of the DFG-funded Cluster of Excellence „Sustainable and Energy Efficient Aviation“ (SE²A). As an interdisciplinary research center of the Technische Universität Braunschweig, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) and the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK), the main goal of SE²A is the investigation of new technologies for a sustainable and energy efficient air transport system.

SUMAFly focuses on the development and application of life cycle engineering methodologies for the life cycle-oriented sustainability assessment of future aircraft systems. Novel energy storage and supply systems, such as lithium-sulfur batteries and fuel cells, are considered. 

Objective and Approach

The main objective of SUMAFly is the development of methods for a life cycle-oriented sustainability assessment of future aircraft systems. For this purpose, the material, energy and capital flows of innovative energy storage and supply systems are systematically modelled in all stages of the life cycle. 

SUMAFly seeks to lay the foundations for a holistic assessment of environmental, economic and social sustainability in accordance with the "triple bottom line" concept and thus supporting decisions regarding the design of future aircraft in early stages of the development process. The IWF focuses on the environmental aspects of sustainability. In cooperation with the AIP, which focuses on the economic and social aspects, a life cycle engineering tool for a multidimensional sustainability assessment is developed.

Project Partners

  • Institute of Machine Tools and Production Technology (IWF), TU Braunschweig
  • Institute of Automotive Management and Industrial Production (AIP), TU Braunschweig

Project Data:

2019 until 2022


Sofia Pinheiro MeloFelipe Cerdas


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

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