German Aerospace Congress with a plenary talk by MTU

MTU presents the Wolfgang Heilmann Prize at the German Aerospace Congress (DLRK). In the plenary talk, Dr. Gerhard Ebenhoch, head of technology management at MTU, outlines the future connectivity of key technologies in engine manufacturing.

10.2017 | Text: Thorsten Rienth

Thorsten Rienth writes as a freelance journalist for AEROREPORT. In addition to the aerospace industry, his technical writing focuses on rail traffic and the transportation industry.


The German Aerospace Congress, also known by its German acronym DLRK, is one of the largest gatherings of scientists, industry representatives and students involved in aerospace activities across German-speaking countries. This annual event offers participants a platform to share information and engage in extensive dialogue. The idea is to tap into the wide pool of scientific knowledge to bridge the gap between tried-and-true solutions and technological possibilities in the not too distant future.

At the 66th DLRK held at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Garching from September 5-7, future topics such as system capability, modern engine technologies, unmanned and electric aviation, and robotics took centerstage. Other discussions revolved around the enabling technologies that permit further developments in these fields in the first place.

Plenary session Dr. Gerhard Ebenhoch reports on two key technologies of importance: simulation and digitalization.

These topics were part of the plenary talk given by Dr. Gerhard Ebenhoch, head of technology management at MTU. Titled “Simulation in engines – virtual engines as an essential building block in digitalization,” he outlined two key technologies crucial for future engine development: simulations and digitalization. According to Ebenhoch, “simulation accelerates development and enables new approaches such as interdisciplinary optimization and the use of probabilistic models.” Using simulation processes in production and operation is an added dimension. Data acquired from both these engine life cycle phases can thus be compared with the simulation results and verified. “In turn, this calls for digitalized and automated processes to handle the large data volumes efficiently,” said Ebenhoch.

Timon Jungh – winner of the Wolfgang Heilmann Prize

The congress returned to a university venue after a long hiatus. “We want to refocus our efforts on acquiring and sharing knowledge,” said Professor Rolf Henke, president of the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics (DGLR) and chief congress organizer, explaining the symbolism behind this decision.

Demonstration of knowledge acquisition is also a key requirement of the Wolfgang Heilmann Prize – an award MTU has been presenting annually since 1990 for outstanding work by young academic talent. On the first day of the DLRK congress in Garching, MTU awarded the prize to Timon Jungh for his bachelor thesis on conducting FEM simulations for the application of the superposition principle of film cooling. In his thesis, the 23-year-old developed a finite element model (FEM) to calculate film cooling variables. A key focus area was the simplest possible integration of data into the evaluation chain. Optimized cooling is becoming increasingly important in engine construction if the efficiency is to be increased through a higher overall pressure and higher turbine inlet temperature. Ebenhoch commended the prizewinner on his work: “Timon Jungh took on a highly complex topic and achieved an outstanding result.”

Dr. Gerhard Ebenhoch presents the Wolfgang-Heilmann to Timon Jungh.

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