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Shape Optimization


- Industrial Applications
- Development of Adjoint Methods
- Aero-elastic optimization
- Hybrid Optimization
- GPU acceleration

Computer Aided Design Optimization of Turbomachinery Components

The FP7 funded HEXAFLY-INT (HXI) project brings the hypersonic pioneers from Europe, Russia and Australia together in order to design, built and fly a hypersonic glider model at hypersonic velocities and cruise altitude. The preliminary design of the model and the launch systems has been studied for the HXI project whose completion is planned for 2019. The VKI solicits imminent opportunities to be the center for hypersonic propulsion as the leader of the work package dedicated for dissemination and networking of HXI.

The EU project STRATOFLY, coordinated by Politecnico di Torino aims to explore high speed flying in the stratosphere for passengers transport. The research project is collaboratively developed by a consortium made up of Institut von Karman de Dynamique des Fluides (Belgium), Stichting Nationaal Lucht - En Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (The Nederlands), Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali Scpa (Italy), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft - Und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany), Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales (France), CNRS - Centre National de La Recherche Scientifique (France), Totalforsvarets Forskningsinstitut (Sweden), Technische Universitat Hamburg (Germany), Fundacion de la Ingenieria Civil De Galicia (Spain). Hypersonic aircraft will fly eight times faster than sound and ten times faster than a current passengers transport aircraft: a revolution in air traffic. It will be possible to connect far away locations in a reduced time. For example, you will be able to fly from Europe to Australia in just three hours’ time. Aircrafts and technologies that are studied by the project team will result in innovative propulsion systems The research is accompanied by an analysis of passenger welfare aspects such as comfort, biorhythm and security and environmental effects such as impacts on the ozone layer and climate.  The research project is multidisciplinary and combines technological and operational aspects: the innovative “air-breathing” propulsion system will hydrogen as fuel. On top of being technical coordinator of the project, the VKI leads the work packages on propulsion subsystem design, revolutionary high-speed propulsion cycles and propulsion-airframe integration, jet noise emissions and cabin noise as well as the exploitation of global outcomes of the project.



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Bayındır H. Saracoğlu

Research Manager

Tom Verstraete

Professor in the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department