The faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TUD) is one of the world’s largest faculties entirely devoted to aerospace engineering. In the Netherlands, it is the only research and education institute directly related to the aerospace engineering sector. It covers the whole spectrum of aerospace engineering subjects. In aeronautics, the faculty subjects range from aerodynamics and flight propulsion to structures and materials and from control and simulation to air transport and operations. The faculty has around 2,600 BSc and MSc students, 160 scientific staff members, and 290 post-doctoral researchers and PhD candidates. The faculty's mission is to be the best Aerospace Engineering faculty in the world,
inspiring and educating students through modern education techniques, and enabling staff to perform ambitious research of the highest quality for the future of aerospace. The working atmosphere at the faculty is friendly, open-minded and dedicated.
Key assets for the project
The main drive of TUD’s aerospace engineering faculty is the need for more sustainable air transportation. Within this context, research on (hybrid-)electric flight is an important pillar. This includes assessments of the implications of electrification at aircraft level, but also more fundamental aerodynamic and aeroacoustic studies of novel propulsion-integration options enabled by electrification. Within the proposal, TUD leads the work package on energy harvesting and researches energy harvesting by the rotors. This topic requires a strong synergy of propulsion and wind-turbine aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, and structures, which is exactly what we can offer through our extensive knowledge on both propellers and wind-turbine rotors. Combined with our experience in low-speed wind-tunnel testing and high-fidelity numerical analyses of the aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, and structural response of isolated and installed rotor systems, this makes for a multi-disciplinary team ready to take on the challenging topic.