News at the Institute of Aircraft Design

Seminar program for Astronatics and Space Sciences Summer Semesters 2018

Find the seminar program for Astronatics and Space Sciences Summer Semesters 2018 here 

Summer Semester 2018: Forum Munich Aerospace

Find the program for Forum Munich Aerospace Summer 2018 here

02/27/2018: Static Groundtests of the FLEXOP-Demonstrator

St. Martin / Ried im Innkreis (A) - On the 27th of February 2018 static ground tests were carried out with the first manufactured pair of wings for the flying FLEXOP demonstrator at the research lab of project partner FACC assisted by the German Aerospace Cente (DLR). Discrete loads were introduced by external masses and the deformation measured by using a laser tracking system. The measurement results are compared against numerical simulations of this experimental set-up in order to ensure the quality of the structural model and, if necessary, to be able to take corrective corrections. First samples showed good agreement between calculation and experiment. In the coming weeks, the second pair of wings at FACC will be finalized, designed with a special aeroelastic tayloring approach. This design is intended to reduce the loads on the structure due to gusts or maneuvers through an allevating effect.

12/01/2017: New Research Staff

The new member our Institutes is Julius Bartasevicius. Mr. Bartasevicius completed his master's degree at the University of Glasgow (Aerospace Engineering). During his successful Master's thesis at the Institute of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, he was able to collect experience at TUM  in the field of "Delta wing post-stall flow manipulation by unsteady, spattially changing leading-edge blowing". At our Institute, Flight Testing will become his field of expertise.

11/01/2017: New Research Staff

The Institute of Aircraft Design is pleased to welcome Anna Elena Scholz as a new research assistant. Ms. Scholz holds a bachelor's degree from RWTH Aachen University and holds a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London. In her Master's thesis, she dealt with the analysis and evaluation of multifunctional fiber composite structures in electric aircraft. Her work at the institute will focus on hybrid electric propulsion systems.

10/01/2017: New Research Staff

The Institute welcomes Sebastian Oberschwendtner as a new scientific assistant. Mr. Oberschwendtner completed his Bachelor's and Master's studies at the Technical University of Munich and in his Master's thesis at our chair dealt with the electromagnetic compatibility of subsystems. His activities will focus on UAV design.

09/15/2017: AKAflieg Mü-31 Maiden Flight

Königsdorf - After long years of research, development, construction and testing, the Akademische Fliegergruppe München was able to launch the latest prototype Mü31 for its first flight on Friday, 15.09.2017. The optimization towards a low drag wing- fuselage joint was the main motivation during the development of Mü31. The weather conditions turned out to be ideal in contrast to the previous days and so the Mü31 took off shortly after 13.00 clock, in an aircraft towing into a white-blue, late summer sky. In addition to basic flight maneuvers, the pilot Johannes Achleitner was also able to circle in the thermals. The first flight ended after more than an hour without any incident with a butter soft landing. We  congratulate AKAflieg on this milestone and wish a further smooth flight test!

Link: AKAflieg München

09/05/2017: Presentation of the SAGITTA-Demonstrators at the DLRK 2017

As part of this year's German Aerospace Congress (DLRK), the recently maidened SAGITTA demonstrator was presented. On Tuesday, September 5th, congress visitors were able to see the prototype and find out about the research project at a joint display standby of AIRBUS and the LLS. In July 2017, the unmanned aerial vehicle completed its first flight on the Overberg Testing Range in South Africa.

08/19/2017: First Place in DLR-NASA-Design-Challenge


Under the supervision of the LLS & LLB, the student group of Christian Decher, Daniel Metzler and Soma Varga won the first place in the nationwide competition Joint DLR / NASA Design Challenge 2017 for an efficient low-emission transport aircraft with the innovative Design urban liner. Over the course of the design process lasting several months, the Munich student team designed, calculated and optimized an innovative aircraft based on a hybrid propulsion architecture and active laminar flow systems. Of particular importance was the exploitation of synergies between the main disciplines structure, aerodynamics and propulsion system in favor of the flight performance of the urban liner. In addition, the impact of parameter sensitivities as well as the feasibility of new technologies in terms of compliance with international aviation regulations has always been considered. TUM participated in the DLR / NASA competition with a total of three student groups. Among the other participants, a study for a supersonic business jet with reduced sonic boom (MUC-D: Can Araz, Ugur Batir, Deniz Bezgin, Mert Civaner) and another study for an efficient subsonic transport plane (E-Glider: Robin Wachsmann, Simon Taenzler, Florian Seybold). In September 2017, the winning team will travel to the United States Aerospace Agency (NASA). The Institure thanks the students for their efforts and wishes them all the best for the future!


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