Research areas

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The Institute for Jet Propulsion and Turbomachinery is active in numerous research areas. In addition to classical turbomachinery, innovative energy conversion systems such as low-sound, hybrid-electric aircraft propulsion systems are researched and developed.


Energy conversion systems for zero-emission aviation

Modern, electrified aviation propulsion systems and innovative energy carriers such as hydrogen and synthetic fuels will make zero-emission aviation possible in the future. To this end, the IST is researching innovative energy conversion systems for aircraft of different size classes.

Silent propulsors for air taxis

In order to achieve broad acceptance for urban and regional air mobility among the population, it is necessary to ensure not only zero emissions but also zero noise. The IST is therefore developing, constructing and testing silent propulsors for these air taxis.

MTU Aero Engines AG Compressor Competence Center

As MTU Aero Engines' centre of excellence for compressors, the IST is conducting research on an axial-flow compressor for modern aircraft engines. This offers the opportunity to investigate current research topics on an application-oriented test vehicle.

Centrifugal compressor

In the field of centrifugal compressors, the IST is conducting research on industrial and engine applications. In addition, a test stand for a fuel cell centrifugal compressor is being built.

Flow measurement technology

The IST has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of a wide range of flow measurement technology. In addition, static calibrations for pressure and temperature as well as dynamic calibrations in the free-jet calibration channel are carried out at the institute.

Development of CFD methods

Complex flow phenomena are investigated by means of numerical simulations. The IST contributes to the development of innovative CFD methods by developing numerical concepts and validating these methods.

Space Propulsion

The teaching and research area of space propulsion of the DLR Institute in Lampoldshausen deals with scientific fundamentals and new technologies for application in future rocket propulsion systems.