Simulation of reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems

Simulation of reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems

The Institute focuses on modeling and simulating (CFD = Computational Fluid Dynamics) thermo-fluid dynamic processes in mechanical and chemical process engineering. Typical technical applications include internal combustion engines, reactors in process engineering, gas turbines or catalysts.

Group photo of STFS
The group of STFS.

The research group's work is characterized by a close connection between basic and application-oriented research.

Fundamental research questions on relevant sub-processes often arise from technical applications. Some typical examples are turbulence-chemistry interaction, population balance dynamics, high-pressure sprays or fluid-wall interactions.

To this end, we develop mathematical models for applications involving the simulation of chemical engineering processes and the combustion of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels. This allows methods and results from fundamental research to be directly transferred to technical applications.

We are developing a suite of in-house software tools, but we also use packages such as OpenFOAM, CFX and Fluent, extended by our methods and codes. Simulations are carried out on our own cluster and on large-scale computing facilities at national computing centers.

Our interdisciplinary research is mostly conducted as part of national and international collaborative projects and is funded by a variety of agencies including DFG, BMBF, BMEL, BMWi and FVV. In addition, we work closely with industry on bilateral projects. We are involved in the TU Darmstadt Profile Areas Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces and Future Energy Systems.

In addition to the close connection of research and teaching, our aim is to carefully supervise both teaching and students' work. There are always opportunities for interested students to contribute to our research projects. We have a number of international contacts; students interested in studying abroad can contact us for further information.

Different simulation results from STFS.
Different simulation results from STFS.

The research focus is on:

  • Modeling and simulation of laminar and turbulent reactive flows
  • Multi-scale modeling of turbulence-chemistry interaction in process engineering and combustion
  • Multiphase flows (gas-liquid, gas-solid)
  • Modeling and simulation of heterogeneous catalysis (exhaust cleaning, synthesis etc.)
  • Fluid flow and combustion in internal combustion engines

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