The “Turbomachinery“ business unit of the Fraunhofer IPT researches and develops technologies for the production and repair of turbo engine components in applications such as aeronautical engineering, power generation, car manufacturing and oil and gas production. Daniel Heinen, head of the business unit, explains which technological developments will attract and reward specific attention over the next few years.
What are today’s key technological challenges for turbomachinery manufacturers?
Higher levels of efficiency and lower emissions are the key objectives in the development of modern turbo engines. This is why highly heat-resistant materials and complex, frequently thin-walled geometries and integrated components are so important. The industrial processes must be dynamic as well as stable in order to combine high levels of surface quality with acceptable production times. In order to deliver this, we need to develop quick and standardized ways of designing different process chains to manufacture individual components and ways of optimizing the industrial processes through highly efficient models and software tools. Our expertise and experience allow us to provide turbo engine manufacturers with support in all areas of the development and production chains: from materials science and management to the design and characterization of highly dynamic machine tools, from the development of dampening clamping systems and optical measuring technology to the simulation and modelling of individual technologies, processes and process chains.