Bauhaus Luftfahrt Jahrbuch 2017




technologies &

power systems






& aircraft



Bauhaus Luftfahrt


What drives the mobility of tomorrow? What alternative

energy options will be available for aviation in the long

term? Which power and system technologies will further

improve the efficiency of future aircraft concepts, and

will these lead to completely new designs? What impact

will information technologies have on future products

and their development processes? In light of these and

other questions, as a research institution, Bauhaus

Luftfahrt analyses major driving forces, new technological

approaches, and innovative ideas and integrates

them into holistic solutions for aviation.

For more than a decade, Bauhaus Luftfahrt is

studying topics from very different perspectives in the

sense of a think tank: The 39 scientists with professional

expertise in their field areas of social sciences and

economics, nature and engineering sciences as well as

informatics identify and assess promising approaches

and develop them, frequently in collaboration with

national and international partners, as a basis for new

product ideas and concepts. Bauhaus Luftfahrt is thereby

playing a key pioneering role – as a think tank, a research

institution, and an impulse generator for experts, the

public, and politicians.

According to all forecasts, the civil aviation fleet will

triple by 2050. The goals of 75 % less CO 2 emissions,

considerably reduced NO x emissions and noise compared

to 2000 are expressed in Flightpath 2050. From the

growth in air traffic, the Flightpath 2050 goals, and the

long product life cycles of aircraft of up to 60 years,

Bauhaus Luftfahrt derives its task of going far beyond

the boundaries of conventional technologies and

materials and of studying new aspects. Here, no predictions

can or should be made on what the next product

will be. Instead, scientists are searching for new technologies

and materials, showing their relevance for

future developments, and raising awareness of wherein

the potential for aviation lies. The knowledge gained in

this way offers numerous incentives to think differently

and participate in discussions – and all of that is outside

the existing conventional research and development

landscape. The approach, to first let an idea arise in an

interdisciplinary creative process and then check it in

a scientifically sound manner for its applicability, makes

Bauhaus Luftfahrt unique as a research institution in

Germany and Europe.

Bauhaus Luftfahrt e. V. was founded in November

2005 by the three aerospace companies Airbus,

Liebherr-Aerospace and MTU Aero Engines as well

as the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs and

Media, Energy and Technology. The source of the name

was Staatliches Bauhaus, the interdisciplinary art,

design, and architecture school by Walter Gropius

in the Weimar and Dessau of the 1920s. Since 2012,

IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft has rounded

out the circle of renowned industrial partners. Since

2015, Bauhaus Luftfahrt has been based on Ludwig

Bölkow Campus in Taufkirchen near Munich, whose

founding partner it is.

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