German aerospace engineering: What you can learn from it
German engineering is an important contributor to Germany’s reputation as a centre of industry and technology. Craftsmanship is combined with quality engineering to achieve widely acclaimed and high-performance products.
German aerospace engineering
Research in the German aerospace industry is also significant and bundles various strategic key technologies related to the exploration of the Earth and the solar system, research for preserving the environment, the development of environmentally compatible technologies for increasing mobility, and the areas of communication and security.
Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry, Europe’s largest aeronautics and space company and a worldwide leader. A leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale.
Having pioneered many of the technologies that helped conquer the skies and are now part of everyday life, innovation has always been a driving force at Airbus. The company pushes its boundless imaginations into inventing new possibilities for the future of flight: from manned and unmanned vehicles for urban mobility, to hybrid and electric propulsion systems for cleaner aviation.
Carbon fibre is the shape of aerospace’s future
Composite materials, which are one of the main materials used at Airbus, have often been called the shape of aerospace’s future because of their winning combination of high strength, low weight and durability. For over 30 years, Airbus has been using composites in their commercial jetliners, from the cornerstone A310’s vertical stabiliser to today’s A350 XWB - on which more than half of the aircraft’s structure is made of composites.
In essence, composite materials are made from two or more constituent materials with different physical or chemical properties. When combined, they exhibit beneficial physical characteristics quite different from what the individual components alone can provide. Many German world-class companies use carbon fibre in their production.
Implementing composites at Airbus
From nose to tail, Airbus utilizes advanced composites in their jetliner product line that have been at the forefront of materials science. One particular standout material is carbon fibre reinforced plastic, or CFRP. Composed of carbon fibres locked into place with a plastic resin, CFRP offers a better strength-to-weight ratio than metals and has less sensitivity to fatigue and corrosion. In short, it’s lighter than aluminium, stronger than iron, and more corrosion-resistant than both.
Like all composites, the strength of CFRP results from the interplay between its component materials. By themselves, neither the carbon fibres nor the resin is sufficient to create a product with the desired characteristics to be integrated on an aircraft. But once combined in multiple, integrated layers and bonded, the CFRP airframe component or aerostructure takes on the strength and load-bearing properties that make it ideal for aviation use.
Studying and job opportunities
It’s no secret that German engineering is of great importance to the aerospace industry and its movement forward in the future. The Master of Science in Composites at PFH will give you a cross-industry qualification enabling you to undertake management tasks in activities related to fibre composites, opening up excellent career prospects in aircraft construction. Airbus offers plenty of various job opportunities within the field of aerospace engineering. From experienced professionals to students, you will find the right job for yourself.
At PFH we make sure that you are well-prepared for the career you choose!