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

Videos about RSM

PIV of solid fuel combustion – Oxy-fuel burner

Researchers at TU Darmstadt are studying the future of solid fuel power plants which are ready to employ CO2 storage of their fuel gas using the Oxy-fuel combustion method.

In this video, we employ the PIV method to measure the velocity of particles and their surrounding gas phase which helps simulations in need of validation data.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Awardee 2014 – Prof. Dr. Andreas Dreizler

Short introduction into RSM and Prof. Dreizler's research focus as he was awarded the 2014 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize

The optically accessible engine (2012)

Investigating combustion processes inside the running engine

IC Engine Research – RSM TU Darmstadt

Investigating physical processes with advanced optical diagnostics on an optically accessible research engine