Winners include Hamburg University of Technology and HAW Hamburg

Hamburg, 28 October 2022: Daniel Braune-Krickau from the Hamburg University of Technology and Maximilian Friedrichs-Dachale from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) receive the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Award 2022 for the best thesis on an aviation-related topic. Not only the university, but also the supervising company DLR - German Aerospace Center - is pleased about the victory in the Master's category for Mr Braune-Krickau. The prize for the special category "Green Flying" is also being awarded for the third time this year. Jonas Mangold, a Master's graduate from the University of Stuttgart, convinced the jury with his work, which was also done in cooperation with DLR. The young talent awards were presented for the 10th time at the 63rd Hamburg Aviation Forum, which took place under the theme "Green Aviation Technologies: Sustainable Aviation, Made in Hamburg" on 27 October 2022.

This year, the DLR - German Aerospace Center won several trophies for the best thesis, including one in the "Master" category. In his thesis, Daniel Braune-Krickau shows that commercial battery-electric flight is within reach if the global research community manages to achieve ambitious but achievable improvements in battery technology. Battery-electric propulsion promises high efficiency and low environmental impact, but suffers from the relatively low gravimetric energy density of accumulators in mass-sensitive applications such as aviation, which limits the range of battery-electric aircraft. The work investigated how the energy density and other parameters affect the range of battery-electric aircraft and highlighted a possible perspective for battery-electric small aircraft or regional aircraft.

This year, DLR again placed 1st in the "Green Flying" category. Jonas Mangold from the University of Stuttgart convinced the jury with his contribution on the handling of liquid hydrogen in ground handling. His master's thesis examines the interface between aircraft with sustainable propulsion concepts and refuelling systems for liquid hydrogen. In addition, he analysed the effects on fuel distribution at the airport as well as the most important technological design criteria for refuelling procedures with liquid hydrogen. With a deeper understanding of the thermodynamic relationships, this is the first study to investigate how the influences of refuelling can be incorporated into aircraft design to determine the aircraft turnaround time and associated operating costs. The work provides a well-founded and encouraging outlook on how the refuelling processes with H2 can be presented in line with today's turnaround times. Here, Jonas Mangold also received the prize for 2nd place in the "Master" category. In addition to the prize money of 800 euros for the special category, the Barsbüttel-based company Krüger Aviation has once again sponsored all trophies for the young talent award winners since 2020.

The first-place concept in the "Bachelor" category was written by Maximilian Friedrichs-Dachale from HAW Hamburg. In his work, he investigated possibilities for a digital link between system definition models and system analysis models in aircraft preliminary design. Such an interface could enable a digital process chain that allows automated multidisciplinary system optimisation. To this end, he used the Systems Modelling Language (SysML) to design a digital model of an aircraft preliminary design and a programme for optimising the design. The digital linking of both models enables an aircraft preliminary design in the sense of MBSE (Model-Based Systems Engineering) "at the push of a button".

Second place in the "Bachelor" and "Green Flying" categories this year goes to Florian Kohne, also from HAW Hamburg. Together with CTC GmbH, a mobile device was developed and manufactured for recording the demand information of production plants, which can be expanded almost at will by using a programmable logic controller, e.g. for the use of new types of sensors. This energy measuring case makes it possible to record, display and output corresponding data under industrial conditions in order to be able to carry out targeted sustainability optimisations and compare different technologies.

In his work in cooperation with Airbus Operations GmbH, Tom Schmidt from the Nordakademie is looking at energy consumers at airports that could be supplied by hydrogen in the future. The work includes an extensive analysis of different airports with regard to the need for infrastructure using hydrogen as an energy carrier in aviation until 2050. For this, Mr Schmidt received third place in both the "Bachelor" and "Green Flying" categories.

Third place in the category "Master" goes to Pezhman Pourabdollah from the Technical University of Hamburg. In cooperation with Lufthansa Technik, he analysed one of the most frequently used additive manufacturing processes - fused filament fabrication - to identify the process parameters and their interactions that significantly influence the mechanical properties of the component. For parameter optimisation, different meta-models were generated and compared by the results of statistical experimental designs, showing that they predicted the expected maximum force well and also that the tensile strengths of the tensile specimens additively manufactured with optimised parameters exceeded those of the material data sheet.

The winners of the Hamburg Aviation Young Investigator Award in the categories Bachelor and Master can look forward to prize money of 1,500 euros each, and 800 euros for the special prize. All winners may attend next year's Hamburg Aviation Forums free of charge. The Hamburg Aviation Young Investigator Award was presented with the support of the sponsors Airbus, Krüger Aviation, Lufthansa Technik and Treo - Laboratory for Environmental Simulations. 

The winners of the Young Investigator Award are selected by an independent jury from the Hamburg Aviation Community:  

Dr Anna Bauch, Airbus Operations GmbH Hamburg, Jan Eike Blohme-Hardegen, Hamburg Airport, Hans-Bernd Aringhoff, Lufthansa Technik AG, Prof. Dr Kay Kochan, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Dr -Ing Florian Linke, German Aerospace Center, Lars Meyer, Treo - Labor für Umweltsimulation GmbH, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thorsten Schüppstuhl, TUHH Technical University Hamburg and Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Weidner, University of Innsbruck/Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg. 

Photos and videos of this year's Young Scientist Award winners can be found at this link: HMG Seafile Server (

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Exciting impressions at the 63rd Hamburg Aviation Forum yesterday under the title "Green Aviation TEchnologies: Sustainable Aviation, Made in Hamburg".

Yesterday, all six presentations by the project consortia of the GATE (Green Aviation Technologies) funding line proved that sustainable aviation has long since become a central topic for Hamburg as a place for aviation. All of them showed interesting new approaches to reduce the ecological footprint of aviation.

The six projects covered a wide variety of aspects of aircraft design. Hydroleak is working on an AI-based hydrogen leak detection system, while CATECO is exploring new ways to simulate cabin configurations, including research into the use of active noise cancellation in the cabin. FairCraft is also breaking new ground in cabin design: the project is designing new seat configurations that are lighter and more environmentally friendly than conventional systems.

Another focus of GATE is on propulsion and hydrogen technology. H2Finity is developing a scalable hybrid powertrain with weight classes from 25 kg to 250 kg and uses hydrogen as fuel. Hydrogen also plays a central role in the MiWa project, where a digital system model is being developed to integrate a hydrogen cryogenic pressure tank system. The CCH2 project is investigating acceptable test strategies to check the durability of components that will be used in hydrogen systems in the future.