Engineering Research Field (Position 1)

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

Option 1 Fuel Cell In-Flight H2O Treatment On-Board

Project: 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.

 

Option 2 Modularization of Electric Powered Aviation System

Project: 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. 

 

Option 3 Up-Scaling of Fuel Cell Systems through Synergies

Project: 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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Reference

FH Aachen DC-1

Research Areas

Aerospace Engineering & Aviation, Applied Sciences

Research Host

FH Aachen University

PhD awarding institution/s

RMIT University in cooperation with FH Aachen University

RMIT University

Other Vacancies

Supervisors

Prof. Tor Helge Aas (UiA) and Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Agder (UiA) & RMIT University

Supervisors

Prof. Tor Helge Aas (UiA) and Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Agder (UiA) & RMIT University

Supervisors

Prof. Mikko Pynnönen (LUT) and Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT) Juha Kauppinen (Mikkeli Development, Miksei Ltd)

PhD awarding institution/s

Lappeenranta – Lahti University of Technology (LUT) & RMIT University

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