At STFS we offer a wide range of student theses (Bachelor/Master) and student projects (ADP/ARP). The topics are usually closely related to our current research topics, for example:

  • Hydrogen combustion
  • Data-driven modeling of combustion phenomena by means of machine learning
  • Metal combustion (Clean Circles project, Clean Circles Website)
  • Sustainable fuels, e.g. produced by Power-to-X processes
  • Flame-wall interactions / flame retardants (SFB 150)
  • Biomass combustion (SFB 129)
  • Reduction of pollutant emissions / soot modeling
  • Aero Engines and Thermoacoustics

If you are looking for a student thesis at STFS, you can directly contact the supervisors of the topics listed below, or you can send an email to on your own initiative with an overview of the courses you have studied, as well as mentioning your previous experience and interests – it is always possible to derive research questions from our current research topics and adapt them to the profile of suitable applicants.

Theses available

  • Numerische Simulationen von Wasserstoff-Verbrennungssystemen

    Towards numerical simulation of hydrogen combustion systems



    Global targets towards carbon-neutral aviation have long influenced the design of next- generation combustion systems. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus, for example, recently announced plans to launch the first commercial aircraft powered purely by hydrogen by 2035 [1]. British Airways has teamed up with ZeroAvia to convert passenger air traffic to hydrogen in the medium term [2].

    Supervisors: Hanna Reinhardt, M.Sc., Philipp Koob, M.Sc

    Announcement as PDF

  • Entwicklung eines Tutorials für die Simulation zukünftiger nachhaltiger Antriebssysteme

    am Fachbereich Maschinenbau, Fachgebiet Simulation reaktiver Thermo-Fluid Systeme (STFS)


    Advanced Design Project (ADP)

    Supervisors: Dr.-Ing. Hendrik Nicolai, Vinzenz Schuh, M.Sc.

    Announcement as PDF

  • Thermoakustische Charakterisierung einer Gasturbinenbrennkammer mittels einer hybriden CFD-CAA-Methode

    Thermoacoustic characterization of a gas turbine engine combustor using a hybrid CFD-CAA method



    Global targets for reducing pollutant emissions in jet engines have led to progressive developments in the design of next-generation engines in the past. A side effect is the increasing relevance of thermoacoustic characterization of turbine combustors. Complementary to experimental investigations of the systems concerned, numerical approaches are becoming increasingly important

    Supervisor: Hanna Reinhardt, M.Sc.

    Announcement as PDF

  • Numerische Untersuchung des Einflusses von Flammschutzmitteln auf Grenzschichtflammen

    Numerical investigation of the influence of flame retardant on boundary layer flames



    In scientific investigations of fires and fire protection strategies, boundary layer flames are fundamental configurations. The analysis of the basic processes of the flame-wall interaction provides insights into the mechanisms of fire development and thus into possibilities of firefighting, e.g., by using flame retardants. A generic configuration developed in the SFB 150 for the investigation of the flame-wall interaction will be investigated numerically as a part of this work.

    Supervisors: Dr. Federica Ferraro, Dr. Arne Scholtissek

    Announcement as PDF

  • Numerische Untersuchung von Wasserstoff Einspritzung

    Numerical investigation of hydrogen injection



    Supervisors: T. Jeremy P. Karpowski, M.Sc., Dr. Federica Ferraro

    Announcement as PDF

  • 2022/11/30

    Masterthesis, Bachelorthesis

    Numerical simulations of aero-engine combustors are extremely challenging due to the complex multiscale and multi-physics phenomena involved. Currently, reliable modeling and prediction of soot particle formation produced during incomplete hydrocarbon combustion is one of the major issues in combustion research. The next generation of gas turbines for more sustainable aircraft engines must meet strict limitations for soot particle mass and size distribution. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of the processes leading to soot particle formation and its precise prediction in practical combustion systems is crucial.

    Supervisor: Dr. Federica Ferraro

    Announcement as PDF

  • Ermittlung thermoakustischer Quellterme mittels numerischer Methoden

    Identification of thermoacoustic source terms using numerical methods



    Complex physical processes and interactions in a combustion chamber can lead to com- bustion instabilities that can cause lasting damage to aero-engines. Predicting these instabilities using numerical simulations is therefore an active field of research. One method for predicting unstable operating points uses acoustic analogies such as the Acoustic Perturbation Equations (APE), which use acoustically filtered, linearized Na- vier-Stokes equations to reproduce the propagation of acoustic waves. While the gen- eral, homogeneous formulation of APE includes the mean flow state in a system, source terms can be used to include instantaneous changes from flow simulations.

    Supervisor: Hanna Reinhardt, M.Sc.

    Announcement as PDF