The prospect of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is a revolution in terms of air transportation technologies as well as enriching the multi-modal transport in large cities and metropolitan regions. Personal Air Mobility can shorten travel duration with on-demand point-to-point transport by direct air routes.
The backbone of UAM is the innovative eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing) vehicle technology. With its unique flexibility, this mode of transportation can offer unprecedented promptness for prioritized transport and services in metropolitan areas with high traffic density, escaping the often-congested traffic at the surface.
In just the last few years, the eVTOL sector has shown impressive progress with several major companies having already reached the level of demonstrator and now racing for certification. All proposed solutions are electrically powered and with the uppermost attention to noise emissions. Therefore the respect of the environment and communities. The advancements of eVTOL technology can also be regarded as a catalyst to accelerate the development of sustainable aviation concepts for short to medium route (e.g. regional air mobility) based on electric flight.
The Personal Air Mobility (PAM) group of TU Delft is taking part of this journey with experts from multiple disciplines: aerodynamics, propulsion and aeroacoustics; flight mechanics, control and air traffic operations; electric propulsion, power and storage; lightweight composite structures, cockpit design and more. Our role is to establish educational platforms including students and professional courses. Design and research projects are offered at BSc, MSc and PhD level, with the ultimate goal to deliver the next generation of engineers ready to work in the growing UAM sector. The group takes the lead in promoting academic dissemination, by organizing conferences and workshops on personal air mobility and gathering information on the latest developments in the field.
Portraits of PAM Researchers
Damiano Casalino is a Professor of Aeroacoustics at Delft University of Technology, with extensive expertise in aircraft and wind turbine aerodynamic noise. Damiano is the person to call if you are interested in aeroacoustic topics in relation to PAM.
Daniele Ragni is an Associate Professor of Aerodynamics at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology. Daniele is the person to call if you want to know how Urban Air Mobility (UAM) AND sustainability can be moved forward together.
Dr. Marilena Pavel is an Associate Professor on Rotorcraft Modeling and Simulation at the Department of Control & Simulation, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology. Marilena is the person to call if you are interested in vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircrafts and rotorcraft modeling and simulation.
Jianning Dong is an Assistant Professor at the DCE&S group (DC Systems, Energy Conversion & Storage) in the Electrical Engineering department at Delft University of Technology. Jianning is the person to call if you are interested in electrical components that drive Personal Air Mobility (PAM) vehicles, including batteries, motors and power converters.
Fulvio Scarano is a Professor of Aerodynamics and head of the Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and propulsion department at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology. Fulvio is the person to call if you are interested in the aerodynamics of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles.