With our experienced team we are able to cover a wide range of CFD applications. However, our research topics can be devided into three main topics:
Aerodynamics, a part of fluid dynamics, describes the laws of the flow of air or other gases, furthermore the emerging or varying forces on solid surfaces due to the effect of the gas flow. Everything that moves in the atmosphere gets in interaction with air. That is like driving a car, aerodynamics plays an important role in our daily life beginning with the simplest things up to the complicated technological devices. Maybe the most important impact of this science is in the planning of flying objects – eg.: airplanes, rockets – and the determination of the emerging forces and moments on these structures. These effects are also important at non flying objects which are moving on the ground especially at higher speed. This is why aerodynamics play also an important role in car industry with the goal to achieve a profitable air resistance (or drag coefficient) combined with lower fuel consumption.
Multiphase flows are very common in industrial applications. Therefore it is important to investigate them in detail to be able to predict the behavior of such systems and optimize them for best performance. Verified simulation tools and methods can provide a detailed insight at reasonable time and cost frame. Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) can give a full spatial and temporal representation of multiphase systems. Using CFD, different multiphase phenomena such as mass transfer, heat transfer, bubble or droplet breakup, coalescence etc in complex geometries can be investigated and interpreted to help improving the process.
Reactive flows are all types of fluid flows with chemical reactions occurring within the fluid phase, at the interphase between different fluid phases or at interphases to solids. Gasphase combustion phenomena are the most important application of reactive flow modelling, while heterogeneous combustion (gas-liquid or gas-solid) is still a minor research field. Simulation of reactive flows is getting more and more important, since they offer a possibility to gain insight to processes having harsh conditions, e.g. high temperature and pressure combustion. Additionally, optimization of existing processes can be performed by modeling studies following design-of-experiment (DOE) approaches. In this way, the effort and costs for prototypes and field test can be reduced to a minimum.