Interdisciplinary research at Bauhaus Luftfahrt
Fundamental technologies, trends, changing interests of key stakeholders, and future driving forces are often accompanied by large uncertainties and unknowns in the long-term development. Thus, the combination of multiple disciplines is mandatory to design feasible and solid concepts and solutions for the long-term future of aviation. This interdisciplinary work is a key element of Bauhaus Luftfahrt´s research activities and is concentrated within distinctive research focus areas: Projects and research tasks are always elaborated in heterogeneous teams of experts from various competence areas.
Energy Technologies & Power Systems
The interdisciplinary research focus area concentrates the research activities on novel combustion-based and alternative (hybrid-)electric motive power systems for aircraft. This extends the search for new aircraft energy options well beyond so-called drop-in solutions. The technological challenges associated with novel thermodynamic cycles as well as fully or hybrid-electric motive power systems are addressed from the basics upwards: Relevant key technologies are identified, future potentials for energy converters are assessed, and hybrid systems are conceptually designed and analysed at aircraft level. Therefore, scientists and engineers search answers along the main research questions
- Energy and propulsion technologies: What are enabling key technologies?
- Energy conversion devices: What are their future potentials?
- Hybrid system architectures: How can the best of two worlds be combined?