To develop our innovative technologies, we need a strong network—and that’s precisely what we have: together with partners from industry, research and academia, MTU participates in all major research projects at both the national and European levels.
Centers of competence (CoCs)
Jointly with leading German universities and research institutes, MTU has launched six different centers of competence (CoCs) to perform specific research tasks. RWTH Aachen focuses on compressors and production, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne on propulsion systems, the Technical University of Munich on design, Universität der Bundeswehr München on military engines, and University of Stuttgart on turbine testing and thermodynamics. Leibniz Universität Hannover and the Laser Zentrum Hannover concentrate on turbines and maintenance repair.
An internationally oriented think tank, Bauhaus Luftfahrt aims to develop innovative approaches for future air transport systems. Among other things, the Bauhaus researchers devise visionary aircraft and propulsion concepts, investigate ecological aspects of aviation such as alternative fuels, study revolutionary technologies, and explore the sociopolitical aspects of aviation.
Bauhaus Luftfahrt was founded in 2005 by Airbus (formerly EADS), Liebherr-Aerospace, MTU Aero Engines and the state of Bavaria. IABG joined later.
DLR Institute of Test and Simulation for Gas Turbines
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is building an Institute of Test and Simulation for Gas Turbines in Augsburg. MTU contributed ideas and was deeply involved in the conceptual design, and it will make intensive use of the institute’s facilities.
The aim of the new center is to validate numerical simulation processes (virtual engine) with experimental procedures in test cells in such a way that it is possible to draw up new designs in the future with considerably less testing. It will be a key element in strengthening the virtual engine research landscape. This project receives substantial funding from the German federal government and the state of Bavaria.
Collaboration with various Fraunhofer Institutes throughout Germany is a main focal point of MTU’s cooperative ventures—particularly when it comes to production and materials technologies. With its broad spectrum of expertise, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft works on industry-related research contracts on behalf of MTU. “Technikum Blisk,” MTU’s joint project with the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen, is dedicated to the manufacture of prototype blisks for the second generation of Geared Turbofan™ engines.