EW-1 Chair of Aircraft Conceptual Design / Professur Gesamtentwurf von Flugzeugen

The need for sustainable and energy efficient aviation, pushes the aviation industries toward the design of the next generation of transport aircraft, with dramatic reduction in energy consumption, emissions and noise. Based on the Flightpath 2050 the airplanes flying in 2050 should have 75% CO2 reduction per passenger-kilometer. To achieve this goal, new technologies as well as novel aircraft concepts need to be developed. Electric or hybrid electric aircraft, active flow control technologies, active load alleviation technologies, bionic airframes and novel aircraft configurations such as blended wing body are examples of the solutions suggested to achieve the mentioned goals for the design of future aircraft.

The chair of aircraft conceptual design was established in 2017 at TU Braunschweig, to develop ideas, knowledge, methodologies and tools to support the design of the future aircraft.

The research at the Chair of Aircraft Conceptual Design addressed following topics:

  • Aerostructural optimization for preliminary aircraft design
  • Conceptual design of future aircraft including revolutionary technologies
  • Tow steered composites optimization

More information on research activities can be found here.

  • Prof. Dr.-Ing Ali Elham
Research Assistants:
  • Dr.-Ing Yaolong Liu
  • Max Boozer, M.Sc.
  • Ali Ghasemi, M.Sc.
  1. Mahulja, S., Larsen, G., Elham, A., Optimal wind farm design using surrogate modelling, Journal of Wind Energy, In Press.
  2. Alba, C. Elham, A., German, B., Veldhuis, L.M., A Surrogate-Based Multi-Disciplinary Design Optimization Framework Exploiting Wing-Propeller Interaction, Aerospace Science and Technology, Volume 78, July 2018, Pages 721-733, DOI10.1016/j.ast.2018.05.002.
  3. van den Kieboom, K., Elham, A., Concurrent Wing and High-Lift System Aerostructural Optimization, Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 57, 947-963, 2018, DOI 10.1007/s00158-017-1787-0
  4. Liu, Y., Elham, A., Horst, P., Hepperle, M., Exploring Vehicle Level Benefits of Revolutionary Technology Progress via Aircraft Design and Optimization, Energies, 2018, 11(1), 166; doi:10.3390/en11010166.
  5. Hoelzen, J., Liu, Y., Bensmann, B., Winnefeld, C., Elham, A., Friedrichs, J., Hanke-Rauschenbach, R., Conceptual Design of Operation Strategies for Hybrid Electric Aircraft, Energies, 2018, 11, 217; doi:10.3390/en11010217
  6. van Tooren, M.J.L., Lucas, A.D., Bahamonde Jacome, L, Jahangir, I., Barazanchy, D., Elham, A., Rapid quantification of gaps and overlaps for fiber steering design optimization, AIAA Scitech 2018, January 2018, Kissimmee, Florida, USA.

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