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Fluid dynamics

The team around Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Kempf develops and tests methods for simulating and optimizing reactive flows and flames in systems such as gas turbine combustion chambers, nanoparticle synthesis reactors, piston engines or biomass and pulverized coal combustion. Our methods enable development times to be shortened in order to further reduce costs. Ultimately, our research results make it possible to develop cost-efficient, flexible and safe systems that emit significantly fewer pollutants than their predecessors.

The complex processes in synthesis and incineration plants require a detailed numerical description of the reaction and transport processes. Their simulation provides insight into metrologically inaccessible areas, enables the investigation and understanding of the isolated sub-processes and their interactions, and builds a bridge between laboratory and industrial scale. To this end, we develop and implement numerical models and methods that are necessary to describe and simulate the turbulent combustion of multiphase flows and the reaction kinetics.

Our work is financed by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), the Allianz Industrieforschung (AiF), national and international high-performance computing centers as well as numerous companies in the fields of installation, Power plant and plant construction.

At the University of Duisburg-Essen, our group is closely linked to the other groups at CeNIDE (Center for Nano-Integration Duisburg-Essen), CER.UDE (Center for Energy Research) and CCSS (Center for Computational Sciences and Simulation). As a member of the IVG, we provide detailed simulation results and use essential data from the experiments of the other groups.

The course at the chair imparts competencies in the fields of flow simulation, the description of reacting flows and turbulence modeling.