Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and Propulsion
Mission: In 2012-15, AWEP plans to invest in high-potential scientists, extend its activities in the area of aircraft propulsion, and address common challenges through cooperation between its disciplines.
The Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance & Propulsion (AWEP) Department started in January 2011 in its current form. Its composition is a logical one and within it there are already significant interactions. With a nucleus in Aerodynamics, AWEP contributes to the future of aircraft and wind turbines. As a result AWEP is now even better positioned to contribute to the future of aircraft and wind turbines.
The future sustainability of air transport depends greatly on innovations. We need to reduce significantly our energy consumption, our emissions and our dependence on fossil fuels. A good proportion of the innovations we need, are in the fields of aerodynamics, flight performance and propulsion. The relationship between aircraft and wind turbines is reflected in, for example, the fact that aircraft propulsion systems and wind turbines are both rotating wing systems with inverted operations. The turbine design directs towards huge, robust machines for application offshore and in energy-generating kites.
Head of the department: Prof. Dr. ir. F. Scarano