FH Aachen DC-1: Engineering Research Field

Supervisors: Prof. Thomas Esch (FH Aachen) and Prof. Milan Brandt (RMIT) and Prof. Bahman Shabani (RMIT)

Project 1: Fuel Cell In-Flight H2O Treatment On-Board

In a fuel cell, no emissions other than water vapor are produced. The processes within the fuel cell run at a lower temperature level, so that liquid water also increasingly escapes. The research idea includes the recirculation of the resulting water directly into the fuel cell, the methodology for generating suitable droplet sizes, and even the planning of climate-friendly flight routes. The research is intended to clarify what influence one can have on water emissions in system design.

 

Project 2: Modularization of Electric Powered Aviation System

Revolutionary aircraft designs would allow new aerodynamic concepts and a better integration of the energy conversion concepts including fuel cell systems and electric power compensation units like electric batteries (e.g., with a blended-wing-body design). One concept that is well suited for smaller and mid-sized aircraft is distributed energy conversion for propulsion demands. Several propellers on the wings and an adjusted wing layout lead to highly efficient wing design. 

 

Project 3: Up-Scaling of Fuel Cell Systems through Synergies

Scale laws are the manifestations of mathematical relationships in the manner of exponential or polynomial relationships. Such relations are very common for the areas of system volume, weight, complexity and cost (structure-forming principle). These empirically found distributions are to be put on a theoretical basis. In the aviation sector, the synergies are in fuel cell weight and the demand of system cooling due to modularization, higher operating temperatures, and light heat exchangers. 

 

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FH Aachen DC-1

Research Areas

Aerospace Engineering & Aviation, Applied Sciences, Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering

Research Host

FH Aachen University

PhD awarding institution/s

RMIT University in cooperation with FH Aachen University

Location

Germany

Status

Closed Position

RMIT University

Other Positions

Supervisors

Associate Prof. Andrey Molotnikov (RMIT), Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Niendorf (UoK), Philipp Krooss (UoK) and Dr. Markus Weinmann (UoK)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Kassel (UoK) and RMIT University

Location

Germany

Status

Open Position

Supervisors

Prof. Jenny Zhang (RMIT) and Prof. Jose Antonio Vilar-Fernandez (UDC) and José Luis González Leal (Navantia) and Prof. Amparo Alonso-Betanzos (UDC) and Prof. Vicente Díaz-Casas (UDC) and Prof. Marcos Miguez González (UDC)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of A Coruña (UDC) and RMIT University

Location

Spain

Status

Open Position

Supervisors

Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT) and Associate Prof. Carsten Nico Hjortso (UPCH) and Dr. Marie Smed (UPCH)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and RMIT University

Location

Denmark

Status

Open Position

RMIT and many of the REDI partners are HSR4R certified
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034328.

Results reflect the author’s view only. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains