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Arne Stuermer
Dipl.-Ing., Aerospace Engineer


09/1995 — 04/2001

University of Technology Aachen (RWTH)

Aachen, Germany

Student of Mechanical Engineering with a major in Aeronautics and Space Engineering
  • Graduation on April 10th, 2001 with a GPA of 3.6/4.0.
  • Project paper at the Institute of Aeronautics and Space Engineering (ILR):
    "Experimental investigation of the vortex wake of a swept-back wing with flaps and slats"
  • Project paper at the Institute of Jet Propulsion and Turbomachinery (IST):
    "Laminar-turbulent transition in turbomachinery boundary layers: Phenomenolgy and Modelling"
  • Intermediate Diploma after completion of my preliminary studies in Mechanical Engineering in September 1997.

1990 — 1995

German School New York (GSNY)

White Plains, NY

  • Graduation from 13th grade with the Abitur in June 1995.
  • High School Diploma in June 1994.

1983 — 1990

German School Singapore (DSS)



since 04/2002

Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology (EA), German Aerospace Research Center (DLR)

Braunschweig, Germany

Aerodynamics Researcher, Department of Transport Aircraft (TF)

Adaptation and application of the unstructured CFD code TAU to the simulation of rotational flows, in particular for propeller-powered aircraft

09/2001 — 03/2002

Luftwaffenwerft 81, German Air Force (Luftwaffe)

Mechernich, Germany

Military Service

  • Design, construction and stress analysis of a load bearing device used in heavy maintenance of military equipment.
  • CAD-based reworking of the technical documentation of mechanical and electrical machinery.

10/2000 — 06/2001

Institute of Design Aerodynamics (EA), German Aerospace Research Center (DLR)

Braunschweig, Germany

Student Assistant and Diploma thesis at the Department of Configuration Aerodynamics (KA)

Diploma thesis: Numerical Investigation of the Aerodynamic Interference Effects for the Engine-Airframe Integration of Very High Bypass-Ratio Turbofans on a Transport Aircraft
  • CFD analysis of aerodynamic interference effects for the integration of Very High Bypass-Ration Turbofans with a twin-engined commercial transport aircraft utilizing a hybrid Navier-Stokes solver.
  • Comparison of interference- friction- and form-drag on fuselage, wing, pylon and nacelle for several different configurations.
  • Validation of the numerical results through comparison with wind-tunnel experiments.

07/2000 — 10/2000

MTU Aero Engines (MTU)

Munich, Germany

  • Implementation and adaptation of a simulated annealing algorithm for the optimization of turbine blade airfoils.
  • Optimization of a turbine blade airfoil for minimum pressure loss using an optimization loop comprising a stochastic optimization algorithm and a multi-block Navier-Stokes solver.

09/1999 — 07/2000

Institute of Aeronautics and Space Engineering (ILR), RWTH Aachen

Aachen, Germany

Student Assistant
  • Work on a project investigating aircraft vortex wakes and methods for their alleviation.
  • Planning, set-up and conducting of wind-tunnel experiments to investigate the near field development of a transport aircraft wake utilizing hot-wire anemometry.
  • Design of a balance and an experimental set-up to measure induced rolling-moments by voretx wakes on following aircraft in wind-tunnel experiments.

1995 and 1996

Thyssen Stahl AG

Duisburg, Germany

  • Total of thirteen weeks of practical training in metalworking skills including milling, drilling, welding and casting during the summer breaks.

02/24/1993 — 06/04/1993

Sony Corporation of America

Park Ridge, NJ

High School Intern


Meeting Papers:

  • Brodersen, O. und Stürmer, A.: "Drag Prediction of Engine-Airframe Interference Effects using Unstructured Navier-Stokes Calculations"; 19th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference; 11-14 June 2001; Anaheim, CA, USA; AIAA 2001-2414.
  • Madrane, A. and Raichle, A. and Stuermer, A.: "Parallel Implementation of a Dynamic Unstructured Chimera Method in the DLR Finite Volume TAU-Code", 12th Annual Conference of the CFD Society of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2004, pp. 524–534.
  • Stürmer, A.: "Validation of an Unstructured Chimera Grid Approach for the Simulation of Propeller Flows"; 22nd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference; 16-19 August 2004; Providence, RI, USA; AIAA 2004-5289.
  • Stürmer, A., Rakowitz, M.: "Unsteady Simulation of a Transport Aircraft Propeller Using MEGAFLOW"; RTO AVT-Symposium; 25-28 April 2005; Budapest, Hungary.
  • Stürmer, A.: "Unsteady CFD Simulations of Propeller Installation Effects"; 42nd AIAA Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit; 9-12 July 2006; Sacramento, CA, USA; AIAA 2006-4969.
  • Stürmer, A.: "CFD Validation of Unsteady Installed Propeller Flows Using the DLR TAU-Code"; 1st CEAS European Air and Space Conference; 10-13 September 2007; Berlin, Deutschland; ISSN 0070-4083.
  • Stürmer, A: "Unsteady CFD Simulations of Contra-Rotating Propeller Propulsion Systems"; 44th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference; 21-23 July 2008; Hartford, CT, USA; AIAA 2008-5218.
  • Stürmer, A., Yin, J.: "Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Analysis of Contra-Rotating Open Rotor Propulsion Systems at Low-Speed Flight Conditions"; 16. DGLR/STAB-Symposium; 3-4 November 2008; Aachen, Germany.
  • Stürmer, A, Yin, J.: "Low-Speed Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics of CROR Propulsion Systems"; 15th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference; 11-13 May 2009; Miami, FL, USA; AIAA 2009-3134.
  • Yin, J., Stürmer, A, Aversano, M.: "Coupled uRANS and FW-H Analysis of Installed Pusher Propeller Aircraft Configurations"; 15th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference; 11-13 May 2009; Miami, FL, USA; AIAA 2009-3332.
  • Roosenboom, E., Stürmer, A., Schröder, A.: "Comparison of PIV Measurements with Unsteady RANS Calculations in a Propeller Slipstream"; 27th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference; 22-25 June 2009; San Antonio, TX, USA. AIAA 2009-3626.
  • Yin, J., Stuermer, A.: "Noise radiation from installed pusher propeller using coupling of Unsteady Panel Method, Actuator disk and FW-H methodology"; 16th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference 2010, 07-09 June 2010; Stockholm, Schweden; AIAA 2010-3849.
  • Stürmer, A, Yin, J.: "Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Installation Effects for Pusher-Configuration CROR Propulsion Systems"; 28th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 08 June-01 July, 2010, Chicago, IL, USA; AIAA 2010-4235.
  • Stürmer, A., Yin, J.: "Active Control of Unsteady Blade Loads for Installed CROR Propulsion Systems"; 17. DGLR-Fach Symposium der STAB, 9-10 Nov 2010, Berlin, Germany.
  • Stürmer, A, Yin, J.: "Installation Impact on Pusher-CROR Engine Low-Speed Performance and Noise Emission Characteristics"; 46th Symposium of Applied Aerodynamics; 28-30 March, 2011; Orleans, France.
  • Roosenboom, E. and Stürmer, A. and Schroder, A.: "PIV Data for Numerical Validation - Application to Propeller Flow Fields"; CFD and Experiment - Integration of Simulation, Workshop of the DGLR-Querschnittsbereich Thermo- and Fluiddynamics, 05.-06. Apr. 2011, Gottingen, Germany.
  • Roosenboom, E., Schroder, A., Geisler, R., Pallek, D., Agocs, J., Stürmer, A., Marquez, C., Neitzke, K.-P.: "Experimental and Numerical Investigation of a Counter-Rotating Open Rotor Flow Field"; 29th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 27.-30. Jun. 2011 , Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; AIAA 2011-3184.
  • Marquez, C., Clemen, C., Sturmer, A.: "Installation Effects of a CROR Propulsion System on a Modified DLR-F6 Aircraft Configuration"; 20th ISABE Conference; September 12-16, 2011 Gothenburg, Sweden; ISABE 2011-1307.
  • Akkermans, R.A.D., Stuermer, A., Delfs, J.: ‘‘Assessment of Front Rotor Trailing Edge Blowing for the Reduction of Open Rotor Noise Emissions"; AIAA2013-2200; 19th AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference, Berlin, Germany; 2013.
  • Akkermans, R.A.D., Stuermer, A., Delfs, J.: ‘‘Active Flow Control for Interaction Noise Reduction of Contra-Rotating Open Rotors’’; AIAA2013-3799; 49th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference and Exhibit (JPC), San Jose, CA, USA; 2013.

Journal Articles:

  • Stürmer, A.: "Unsteady Euler and Navier-Stokes Simulations of Propeller Flows with the Unstructured DLR TAU-Code"; In: Rath, H.-J., Holze, C., Heinemann, H.-J., Henke, R., Hönlinger, H.: Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design; Vol. 92; Springer; p 144-151; ISBN 978-3-540-33286-2; 2006.
  • Roosenboom, E., Stürmer, A. and Schröder, A.: "Advanced Experimental and Numerical Validation and Analysis of Propeller Slipstream Flows"; Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 47 (1, January-February 2010), pp. 284-291; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; DOI: 10.2514/1.45961. ISSN 0021-8669.
  • Stürmer, A., Yin, J.: "Aerodynamic and Aeroacoustic Analysis of Contra-Rotating Open Rotor Propulsion Systems at Low-Speed Flight Conditions"; In: A. Dillmann, G.Heller, M.Klaas, H.-P. Kreplin, W.Nitsche, W. Schröder (Eds.), "New Results in Numerical and Experimental Fluid Mechanics VII", Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design (NNFM), Vol. 112, Springer, 2010.
  • Stürmer, A., Yin, J.: "Installation Impact on Pusher-CROR Engine Low-Speed Performance and Noise Emission Characteristics"; International Journal of Engineering Systems Modelling and Simulation, Vol. 4, No. 1-2, 2012, pp. 59-68.
  • Stuermer, A., Yin, J.: "Pylon trailing edge blowing for the control of CROR unsteady blade loads"; New Results Numer Exp Fluid Mech VIII 121, 715–722 (2013)
  • Stürmer, A., Akkermans, R.A.D.: "Multidisciplinary analysis of CROR propulsion systems: DLR activities in the JTI SFWA project"; CEAS Aeronautical Journal; doi 10.1007/s13272-014-0105-4; http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13272-014-0105-4; 2014-03-26.

Invited Talks:

  • Stuermer, A.: "Numerical Analysis of CROR Propulsion System Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics at DLR"; 2nd UTIAS-MITACS International Workshop on Aviation and Climate Change; 27-28 May 2010; University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS); Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • Stuermer, A.: "Multi-Disciplinary Numerical Analysis for the Contra-Rotating Open Rotor"; Multiphysics and Unsteady Simulations for Aeronautical Flows (MUSAF) Colloquium; 27-29 September 2010; CIC Meteo France/CERAFCS; Toulouse, France.
  • Stuermer, A.: "Keynote Lecture: DLR-AS CROR & Propeller Noise Prediction: Numerical Approach Requirements & Limitations"; 14th CEAS-ASC Workshop; 7-8 October 2010; Institute of Aviation; Warsaw, Poland.


  • 3AF Aerodynamics Technical Commission Award for Best Communication at the 46th Symposium of Applied Aerodynamics; 28-30 March, 2011; Orleans, France.


  • Linux, Unix, Windows and Macintosh operating systems
  • C, C++, FORTRAN
  • CATIA V4/V5, I-DEAS, AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop
  • CFD, CentaurSoft Centaur Grid Generator, ICEMCFD
  • Tecplot, Fieldview
  • LaTeX
  • MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • HTML


  • Native german speaker
  • Fluent english
  • Proficient in french

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Update: 08/27/05

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