Measuring clean energy conversion with light

The research at the Institute for Reactive Flows and Diagnostics is focused on chemically reactive flows with relevance for transportation, energy conversion and chemical engineering applications. Various advanced optical measurement techniques are exploited to gain a detailed understanding of the underlying physical-chemical processes linked to transport, chemical conversion and interphase phenomena. In cooperation with other scientists, mathematical models for describing chemically reactive flows are improved and the comprehensive experimental data are used for validation of numerical simulation tools.

Present research topics are

  • Near-wall reactive flows
  • Turbulence-chemistry interactions and finite-rate-chemistry effects
  • Pollutant formation in thermochemical devices
  • Ignition processes
  • Solid fuel combustion
  • Combustion in IC engines and gas turbine combustors
  • Development of advanced optical diagnostic methods
  • Development of endoscopic optical devices for high temperature and high pressure processes