Research at the Institute of Aircraft Design

As part of the Institution for Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich the Institute of Aircraft Design focuses on three main areas:

  1. Scenario Analysis, Future Trends and Technologies
  2. Aircraft Design
  3. Analysis & Evaluation of Aircraft Concepts

Scenario Analysis, Future Trends and Technologies
Aircraft Design (civil and military)
Analysis and Evaluation of Aircraft Concepts

Scenario Analysis, Future Trends and Technologies

Focus of the research activities in the area of scenario analysis, future trends and technologies is the derivation of requirements for new innovative aircraft concepts for upcoming challenges in aviation.  

Scenarios act in this context as the main methodical means against strategic uncertainties. Within the scenarios possible paths of future markets, requirements on aviation and technologies will be derived to help as baselines for the design and evaluation of solutions.

Project studies are performed since 1997 together with aviation industry.

Selection of partners in current or completed projects:

  • Airbus
  • Bauhaus Luftfahrt
  • DLR
  • Hamburg Airport
  • MTU Aero Engines
  • SR Technics
  • Zeppelin

Aircraft Design (civil and military)

Research activities within the area of aircraft design range from the conceptual design of flying systems (manned or unmanned) to the prototype implementation and test of system demonstrators in ground and flight experiments. 

Within the aircraft design activities new apporaches for system integration and the respective overall configurations are developed within an integrated conceptual design framework.

The range of configurations under investigation is from small UAV systems up to new transport solutions for civil and military air transport.

Selection of partners in current or completed projects:

  • Airbus
  • Boeing
  • EADS IW
  • EADS MAS

Analysis and Evaluation of Aircraft Concepts

The research activities within the field of analysis & evaluation are aimed for an integral and overall evaluation of aircraft concepts and system solutions.

To enable an overall evaluation capability, the areas flight & mission performance, global and local emissions, airport capacity, airline operative cost including the integration of environmental aspects are included in an aligned and integrated approach. This approach enables a balanced consideration of the main driving requirements for new aircraft solutions.

Selection of partners in current or completed projects:

  • Airbus
  • Bauhaus Luftfahrt
  • Boeing
  • ENVISA
  • Eurocontrol
  • Flughafen München (Munich Airport)
  • Lufthansa
  • NLR
  • QinetiQ
  • SINTEF
  • University of Leeds