Research for Sustainability and Safety
The institute is conducting research for improving the sustainability of technical processes and for protecting human being and environment from technical risks. In the field thermal fluid dynamics the intentions are arranged onto the increase of the safety, of the efficiency and environmental compatibility of technical processes.
The development of simulation tools using the newest and most progressive calculation methods in fluiddynamics is the common attribute of all our research topics.
Focus on experimental and numerical research on flow control by means of electromagnetic forces in conducting fluids as well as in numerical simulations and optimization of magnetic field self-excitation in a liquid metal flow.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Qualification of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes for the simulation of complex two-phase flows with relevance for industrial applications. The theoretical work is based on sound experiments at the TOPFLOW test facility using advanced two-phase measuring instrumentation.
Experimental Thermal Fluid Dynamics
Main topics are the investigation of transient multi- and two-phase flows, the investigation of safety and efficiency of thermohydraulic systems in nuclear and chemical processing facilities, and the process optimisation and diagnostics of chemical processes.
Transport processes at interfaces
Experimental analysis of multi-scale transport phenomena at different sorts of interfaces, basic experiments to understand particle-bubble attachment in complex flows in the context of flotation processes, and numerical simulations of morphological instabilities of interfaces.
Complex flow phenomena are investigated here under realistic conditions to enable energy efficient material flows in process engineering and the chemical industry as well as the safe operation of nuclear power plants.
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