Investigations include the development of appropriate methodologies, experimental studies (especially on generic systems), theoretical modelling and numerical simulations on different time and length scales from the molecular level to the macroscopic level. Modern measurement techniques are available, as are numerous codes for numerical simulation and theoretical modeling.
Linking theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches
A particular strength of the profile area lies in the strong interaction among theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches to the same problem or application allowing a very close link between basic physical expertises and engineering problems.
The global objectives of TFI can be summarised as follows:
- Understanding of transport phenomena (mass, momentum, energy and species)
- Modelling and prediction of transport processes
- Controlling of transport processes
- Optimisation of the influencing parameters to increase efficiency of processes and machines
- Design of technical demonstrators
- Transfer of knowledge, methods and techniques into industrial applications
Generally speaking, all machines or processes involving internal or external flows are relevant to TFI. This includes internal combustion engines, gas turbines, power generation systems, wind turbines, aircraft engines, heat exchangers, pumps, microfluidic devices and chemical reactors.
The research areas of the TU Darmstadt profile area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces (TFI) thus embody key technological disciplines from thermo-fluidics responsible for the functioning and performance of a vast array of machines and processes in the industrial and domestic world.
Despite the emphasis on fundamental research, the members of TFI maintain excellent contact with industrial partners and carry out application-orientated research projects. The close cooperation and exchange with industrial partners is a key element to ensure the transfer of fundamental research results into innovations and application improvements.