Deutsche Aircraft recently completed an extensive wind tunnel testing campaign for the 328ALPHA technology demonstrator.
The 328ALPHA is a one-off modification to an existing D328® airframe. This programme aims to evaluate, develop and flight-test promising technologies that will reduce aviation emissions, such as electric propulsion, fuel cells and liquid hydrogen storage.
The successful completion of the wind tunnel test campaign marks an important milestone for future flight.
This test was conducted in the context of the LuFo VI-I (Luftfahrtforschungsprogramm) Civil Aviation Research programme and is partially funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Action (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz or BMWK). With the LuFo VI, the BMWK is striving to develop a sustainable, economical and efficient air transport system of the future.
The wind tunnel test aims to validate next-generation propulsion systems
This powered-model test aimed to validate the overall aerodynamic integration of a next-generation electric propulsion system being developed with our project partners.
This 9-week campaign evaluated various combinations of propulsive power, stability, control and performance parameters over the expected flight envelope.
The outcome of this test confirms prior analysis conducted using state-of-the-art Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and will allow Deutsche Aircraft to refine an engineering flight simulator.
The 328ALPHA was also presented at the E2FLIGHT Emission Free and Electric Flight Conference in September 2023, organised by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the University of Stuttgart. Chief Engineer for Future Projects at Deutsche Aircraft, Riaan Myburgh, presented the latest developments for the 328ALPHA demonstrator at the conference.
Deutsche Aircraft at Paris Air Show 2023, Le Bourget.
About Deutsche Aircraft
Deutsche Aircraft is a German aircraft manufacturer built on the heritage of aviation pioneers that continues to propel the aviation industry forward with innovative solutions. Supported by a highly skilled and passionate team of international engineers and aviation experts, Deutsche Aircraft is developing the most advanced regional aircraft on the market: the D328eco.
As a type certificate holder and service partner for existing D328 (both prop and jet) operators worldwide, the company is uniquely positioned to complement the existing fleet with this next-generation aircraft.
Deutsche Aircraft employs the latest technologies and best practices to ensure the highest levels of reliability, efficiency and sustainability for the D328eco. As a strategic partner for the sustainable development of regional air transport, Deutsche Aircraft is working with key players in the industry to achieve climate-neutral flights. You can learn more at www.deutscheaircraft.com.
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