General/Conceptual Aircraft Design

Development and improvement of the statistical preliminary draft tools, concept studies

The teaching in the field of general and conceptual aircraft design deals with the description of the basic procedures of classic aircraft design (handbook methods) and its critical reflection as well as the necessity of the used methods. In the context of the ‘Aircraft Design Workshop’ (‘Flugzeugentwurfsseminar’) the students are regularly given the opportunity to perform an entire aircraft design process by doing group work. The relating scenarios and boundary values are defined in collaboration with the ‘Future Project Office’ of Airbus Industries.

The field of research mainly focuses on the improvement of the statistical preliminary draft tools introduced above and for the development of new design approaches. The emphasis is on analytic methods.

 

Projects:

FUTPRINT 50 - Future Propulsion and Integration: Towards a Hybrid-Electric 50-Seat Regional Aircraft

Content of the project:

The Horizon 2020 research project FUTPRINT50 addresses the need to accelerate the development of hybrid-electric technologies in aviation to ensure CO2-neutral growth of air transport in the future. In more detail, the project will address the key technologies of energy storage, energy harvesting and thermal management system. In addition to advancing the state of the art of these technologies, it will develop design methods. This will include models and tools for evaluating new configurations and for the integration on system and aircraft level. To achieve the ambitious vision of an entry into service by 2035/40, FUTPRINT50 will develop roadmaps to focus future research not only on technology development but also on regulatory aspects.

FUTPRINT50 is being worked on by an international consortium with partners from the European Union, the United Kingdom, Brazil and Russia.

Contribution of the IFB:

The Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB) at the University of Stuttgart holds the overall lead of the FUTPRINT50 research project. In addition, it mainly contributes its expertise in overall aircraft design. In addition to creating suitable evaluation methods, the IFB is investigating various powertrain architectures and selecting the most promising one. A detailed preliminary aircraft design is then prepared. In addition, an open-source branch of an aircraft design tool is being built at IFB to accelerate the development of future hybrid-electric regional aircraft, create reference data sets and share them openly with the community.

Project partners:

  • Cranfield University
  • Embraer Research & Technology Europe
  • Delft University of Technology
  • ADSE Consulting & Engineering BV
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)
  • EASN Technology Innovation Services
  • Niccolò Cusano University
  • Embraer SA
  • Federal State Unitary Enterprise (FSUE)
  • State Scientific Research Institute of Aviation Systems (GosNIIAS)
  • Baranov Central Institute of Aviation Motor Development (CIAM)
  • National Research Center Institute (NRC)
  • Moscow Aviation Institute

Financing:

European Commission (Horizon 2020), Grant Agreement ID: 875551

Duration:

January 2020 – December 2022

Contacts:

Prof. Andreas Strohmayer

Dipl.-Ing Dominique Bergmann

Nicolas Moebs, M.Sc.

Dominik Eisenhut, M.Sc.

Jonas Mangold, M.Sc.

 

UNICADO

Content of the project:

Development and Establishment of a University Conceptual Aircraft Design and Optimization Environment

Contribution of the IFB:

  • Enlargement of the Aircraft Reference Database
  • Responsible for the Modules Initial Sizing and Systems Design

Project partners:

  • RWTH Aachen
  • TU München
  • TU Berlin
  • TU Braunschweig
  • TU Hamburg

Financing:

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (Luftfahrtforschungsprogramm VI)

Duration:

July 2020 – April 2022

Contacts:

Johannes Schneider, M.Sc.

 

GNOSIS 

Content of the project:

Within the scope of GNOSIS a holistic evaluation of electric flight is conducted. For this purpose, the novel possibilities for the propulsion system of a regional aircraft with a (partially) electrified propulsion system are identified. This includes a simplified estimation of the impact on global emissions, local emissions, noise, cost and safety.

Furthermore, a framework for analysing air transportation systems is being developed. It allows a detailed estimation of the potential of different (partially) electrified airplane configurations in the mentioned categories and further takes the aspects of the airplane’s life cycle into account. The generated results are utilized to identify optimised configurations of airplanes with 19 seats and the corresponding scaling effects for airplanes in the class of 9 to 50 seats. 

Contribution of the IFB:

The IFB researches the certification of electric and hybrid-electric airplane configurations by analysing existing certification specifications. Since the current certification specifications do not fully cover the novel propulsion systems, different scenarios for future requirements are developed and evaluated. The goal is to identify possible opportunities and risks within the certification requirements.

Project partners:

  • RWTH Aachen
  • Bauhaus Luftfahrt e.V.
  • Universität Würzburg
  • TU Braunschweig
  • TU Hamburg
  • TU Dresden

Financing:

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (Luftfahrtforschungsprogramm VI-1)

Duration:

July 2020 – June 2023

Contacts:

Dipl.-Ing.Ingmar Geiß

 

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