Research Areas

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

More than 30 PhD students are working on various topics in the fields of zero-emission aviation, noiseless propulsors, axial and centrifugal compressors, flow measurement technology, CFD methods, and space propulsion.

The competences of the institute in the mentioned areas are extended in various research projects. In addition to the coding and application of simulation tools, experimental research is also part of the institute's activities.

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Numerical Methods

CFD-Modell of a Centrifugal Compressor © Copyright: RWTH Aachen | IST

Numerical simulations are nowadays an integral part of the everyday work of engineers to investigate complex physical problems. For an optimal solution of the often interdisciplinary problems, complex simulations are usually required.

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Test Benches

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The IST operates several large-scale test rigs, including an axial compressor, an axial turbine and four centrifugal compressors for different applications. In addition, four wind tunnels are also available for various detailed flow measurements.

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Design and Manufacturing

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The high demand on the accuracy of the results obtained from the experimental investigations requires a precise manufacturing of the test bench components. For this reason almost all parts are manufactured in the workshop of the IST.

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Open TestCases

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The IST and DLR provide several freely accessible test cases. With the help of these data, the results of CFD simulations can be validated. Further information on this can be found here.

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Here you can inform yourself about recent publications.

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