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 aeroengines are researched and developed.

More than thirty doctoral students are working on various topics in the fields of engine performance calculation, method development, aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, aeroelasticity, heat transfer, and space propulsion.

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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 investigations.

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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 at the institute requires a precise manufacturing of the corresponding test bench and measurement components. Therefore almost all components are manufactured and assembled in the institute's own workshop.

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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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