History of the Chair of Turbomachinery and Flight Propulsion

  • 1963 - 1967 Foundation of the Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the TH Munich

On the initiative of Professors E. Truckenbrodt and J. Krauss as well as Dr. L. Bölkow, the Technical University of Munich introduced a new field of study, "Aeronautics and Astronautics", in the winter semester of 1963/64. The basic principle was, and still is, the integration of aeronautical engineering into a scientific-technical system, primarily with "mechanical engineering".

In addition to the chairs in the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, which were already oriented towards aeronautical engineering, such as "Fluid Mechanics", Prof. E. Truckenbrodt, and "Aircraft Construction", Prof. Krauss, the newly established chairs were added in 1963 for "Flight Mechanics and Flight Control", Prof. Tränkle, in 1964 for Flight Propulsion, Prof. H.G. Münzberg, and in 1966 for Aerospace Engineering, Prof. Ruppe.

  • 1964 TH / TU Munich Foundation of the "Chair for Flight Propulsion" LFA on the main campus of the Technical University of Munich by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Georg Münzberg, Technical Director of SNECMA and recipient of the "Medaille d'Aeronautique" of the Republic of France.
  • 1982 Appointment of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Kappler, co-founder of BMW Rolls-Royce Aero Engines (1989/90) and winner of the "Karl Heinz Beckurts Prize". Prof. Kappler's leave of absence from the TUM to manage BMW RR in 1990 and dismissal as full professor in 1995.
  • 1990 Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans Rick, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Rist and Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Erhard headed the chair, which was extended to include large test bench systems, from 1990 to 1998 until after the move to the TUM campus in Garching.
  • In 1998, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Peter Kau was appointed, under whose leadership the application of numerical methods was further expanded. He headed the chair until his death in 2013. The field of space propulsion was started in 2011, for which Prof. Dr.-Ing. Oskar Haidn was recruited.
  • In 2014, decision of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Munich to reoccupy the previous Chair of Flight Propulsion now expanded as Chair of "Turbomachinery and Flight Propulsion".

    Further details can be found in the appendices. (on German page)