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.
Prospective concepts for aeronautics are based on the understanding of future technology options and their physical boundaries. For early identification of design-driving developments, Bauhaus Luftfahrt has established the “Technology Radar”, which includes the domains of energy, materials, photonics, sensors, and information. The pursued approach to future technology analysis and assessment of innovation potentials rests upon an interdisciplinary culture and on a specially developed methodology. This relies on the derivation of universal metrics and physical benchmarks as well as on an analysis of the scaling behaviour and disruptive potential of novel technologies. As guidance to the future development of sound overall concepts, performance potentials are determined in the aeronautical context at various levels of complexity, from components, devices to integrated systems.