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Hamburg Aviation announces Young Talent Prize winners

16.10.2017News about Hamburg Aviation

CTC Stade is the big winner at Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize 2017 // Prize given away for best Bachelor and best Master Thesis for the first time

Maximilian Schuster of the HTW University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, and Filipp Koehler of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg (Sweden) have received the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize 2017 for the best thesis on an aviation-related topic. The prize, which was awarded at the 50th Hamburg Aviation Forum on Thursday night, was given away for the best Bachelor and the best Master thesis for the first time this year.

In a first for the Young Talent Prize, one company was supporting both winners; that company was Composite Technology Center Stade (CTC GmbH). Maximilian Schuster won over the jury in the "Bachelor's Thesis" category. His thesis, written for the HTW University of Applied Sciences in Berlin in cooperation with CTC Stade GmbH, explored the reusability of "prepeg", bundles made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastics which are heated and fused into a solid material for aircraft construction.

Second place went to Kenneth Hansen of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. His thesis looked at optimisation of mountings used for the A380 cabin. The five individual parts in the mounting were replaced with a single component. The result: a weight reduction that reduces aircraft fuel consumption. He was supported in his work by Heinkel Engineering GmbH in Hamburg. Philipp Bieber of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences took third place with his concept for predicting the fresh water needs on an Airbus A380, developed together with Airbus.

The first prize in the "Master's Thesis" category went to Filipp Koehler of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, who was also supported in his work by CFRP specialists at CTC in Stade. In his victorious thesis, he developed methods for the automated production of composite materials combining different types of fibres. The so-called "Hybrid SMC Process", for example, can be used to produce particulary lightweight composite components for use in the aircraft cabin.

Second place in this competitive category went to Richard Kluender of the Technical Unviersity of Berlin. Working at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, he developed a price management system for maintenance of aircraft components. In her thesis, Mia Eder of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences demonstrated the necessity of an innovative fire extinguishing system which uses gaseous hydrogen to reduce the oxygen content in the air. Her work was supported by Airbus and won her third place.

The best thesis for tomorrow's world of aviation

The Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize is traditionally awarded at the network gathering Hamburg Aviation Forum. For the fifth year of the award there were a total of 32 submissions from 15 universities - united by the common direct link between the student papers and Hamburg's aviation industry.

With its Young Talent Prize, Hamburg Aviation gives committed university graduates the opportunity to present their ideas and innovations to the aviation industry in Hamburg. "We are delighted to have once again such a breadth of very up-to-date, high quality theses to honour. The students provide a vital impetus for the industry. With a fresh outlook and enthusiasm about the material, they inspire us all to question established approaches. This represents a decisive contribution to the future of aviation," said Dr Christoph de Beer of Lufthansa Technik, a member of the jury.

The winners can enjoy prize money of 1,500 euros along with free participation in the Hamburg Aviation Forum next year. And for the first time, the winners also received something exclusively from the region: Krueger Aviation in Barsbuettel, global leader in the production of mirrors for aicraft lavatories, sponsored the trophies, which were produced in the company's own halls.

The Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize is presented by Hamburg Aviation with the support of Airbus, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation (BWVI), the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training Lab (HCAT+), HECAS and Lufthansa Technik.

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