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Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Awards 2018 presented

3D printing and aircraft batteries - winners completed theses with firms in metropolitan region

Maximilian Schutzeichel, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) and Lennart Finger, a graduate of the Private University of Applied Sciences in Göttingen (Hansecampus Stade) won the Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Award 2018 for the best thesis on aviation-related topics at the 53rd Hamburg Aviation Forum on Thursday (October 25, 2018). Both first-placed students completed their theses with a company in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

Winners’ concepts

The Composite Technology Center City (CTC GmbH) had supervised both winners of the junior prize in 2017. CTC GmbH and Finger won yet another award this year with the Young Talent Award in the “Bachelor’s Thesis” category. Finger used a complex Airbus aircraft holder to demonstrate the weight potential of the components when made of fibre composites, rather than metal, using 3D printing. Software was used to enhance the components and achieve a suitable design. The components were also analysed in terms of manufacturing potential.

Schutzeichel won first prize in the “Master Thesis” category, which he wrote in co-operation with Airbus. His award-winning thesis won over judges with its investigation of conductive carbon fibres coated with plastic electrolyte. Schutzeichel had examined their possible uses in future aircraft batteries with a view to their weight-reducing properties.

Ideas for aviation in future

The Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Award gives university graduates an opportunity to present their ideas and innovations about Hamburg as an aviation location to the public. A total of 27 applications from ten universities were submitted for the sixth edition of the award. Hamburg Aviation presents the Young Talent Award, which is sponsored by Airbus, Krüger Aviation and Lufthansa Technik.

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