The FPP section embeds flight performance and propulsion and power expertise. We focus on advanced / innovative aircraft configurations and novel and possibly disruptive propulsion and power concepts. Hence, aircraft engine integration is also an important topic. These research areas are highly relevant if we want to contribute to the ambitious targets for the environmental impact of aviation, proposed by the Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE).
The section is further subdivided in two research groups, Flight Performance (FP) headed by Prof. dr. ir. L. Veldhuis and Propulsion & Power (PP) headed by Prof. dr. ir. P. Colonna. The two groups tightly collaborate to address common challenges with the aim to devise forefront solutions for the aircraft industry and benefiting society at large. Each staff member has a different expertise, varying from air-breathing propulsion systems, flight mechanics, aircraft design and integration, advanced power and energy conversion systems, and turbomachinery. Our knowledge and competences embrace a broad spectrum of fundamental and applied disciplines.