In the 1970s, an aero engine test facility (dt.: Triebwerksversuchsanlage , TVA) with two different test rigs was set up at the ISA to study complete engines and engine components. It is used both for teaching purposes and for research projects. Since 2007, the facility has been part of the MTU Aero Engines Center of Excellence on More Electric Engine Technologies established at the Bundeswehr University. In addition to targeted cooperation with industrial partners, the ISA's activities at the TVA also contribute to the enhancement of capabilities and the assessment of technologies in the field of highly integrated propulsion and power supply systems, both in the context of military requirements and in the civilian environment.

Center of Excelence MORE ELECTRIC ENGINE

On Wednesday, December 19, 2007, MTU Aero Engines and the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich established a joint "More Electric Engine" center of excellence and agreed on a long-term collaboration in this field. The competence center is to develop concepts for engines that can meet the high electrical power requirements of future generations of aircraft. The agreement was signed by the contracting parties on the university campus in Neubiberg. Dr. Rainer Martens, MTU's Chief Technology Officer, and Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss, President of the German Armed Forces University, signed on behalf of MTU.

Attractive partnership

MTU Aero Engines already maintains centers of excellence on various topics with RWTH Aachen, TU Munich and TU Stuttgart. "We are very pleased about the new center of excellence - especially with a partner with whom we have been working successfully for more than two decades," said MTU's chief technology officer Martens, referring to the cooperation with the University of the German Armed Forces in Munich. The university's president, Prof. Niehuss, explained: "We may be a small university, but we need not shy away from comparison. The new competence center underscores the importance of the Bundeswehr University as an attractive partner for application-oriented research in the field of aviation." She said she was particularly pleased that the competence center would enable research to be conducted "beyond faculty boundaries." In addition to the Institute for Jet Propulsion at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (Prof. Reinhard Niehuis), professorships from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology are also involved: Electrical Propulsion Technology and Actuators (Prof. Dieter Gerling) and Sensors and Measuring Systems. All the partners involved in the competence center expect beneficial synergies from the technology development work already underway between Prof. Gerling and EADS on the subject of "More Electric Aircraft".

More environmentally compatible aircraft

The aim of the cooperation is to develop technological "More Electric Engine" solutions as well as the necessary components and measurement and control systems. In the future, more electronic components are to be used in aircraft. This is one way of increasing the economy and environmental compatibility of passenger aircraft. The electrical energy required for this is supplied by the engine. For this reason, the engine architecture must be expanded, among other things by integrating new, powerful generators.