Profile Area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces

Profile Area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces

The profile area Thermo-Fluids & Interfaces (TFI) consolidates numerous research activities at the TU Darmstadt in the fields of fluid dynamics, combustion, and heat and mass transfer.

In particular, it attempts to promote fundamental and contractual research involving more than one institute. This is accomplished on the one hand by making known internally and to external partners the potential and capabilities available at the TU Darmstadt; on the other hand the TFI assists with necessary internal organisational and contractual measures to realise such projects.

Global scientific objectives:

  • Understanding transport phenomena (mass, momentum,energy and species)
  • Modelling and predicting transport processes
  • Controlling transport processes
  • Optimising the influencing parameters to increase efficiency of processes and machines
  • Designing and realising technical demonstrators
  • Transferring knowledge, methods and techniques into industrial applications

Cooperation and exchange with industrial partners

Further to a strong program of fundamental research, the members of TFI maintain extensive contact with industrial partners and carry out application-orientated research projects.


  • Auto mit echtem Umweltprofil

    TU Darmstadt entwickelt intelligente Betriebskonzepte für das „Fahrzeug 5.0“

    An der TU Darmstadt setzt der Forschungsverbund „Fahrzeug 5.0“ auf Fahrzeuge, die laufend aus Betriebsdaten lernen und sich selbst optimieren. Der wissensbasierte Ansatz soll auch die Ökobilanz verbessern. Die Forschungen zeigen: Das rein batterieangetriebene Auto ist für die Umwelt nicht immer die beste Alternative. Es kommt vielmehr auf die richtige Betriebsstrategie an.

  • Benetzung: Wie finden Tropfen ihren Weg?

    Wetting patterns on a car. Image: SLA

    Artikel in Physik unserer Zeit erschienen

    Die physikalischen Grundlagen des Rutschens und der Reibung von Tropfen auf Oberflächen sind bis heute wissenschaftlich nicht gut verstanden. Spannende Einblicke in die Grundlagenforschung im Grenzgebiet zwischen Chemie, Materialforschung, Physik, Technik und Biologie liefert ein neuer Artikel in „Physik unserer Zeit“.

  • University elections summer term 2019

    During the summer term 2019 university elections will be held at the TU Darmstadt.

  • Multiscale Boiling Project: Last preparations for the ISS

    The Multiscale Boiling final meeting was held at ESTEC in Noordwijk, NL. Image: T. Karapantsios

    Investigation of boiling phenomena in low gravity environment

    From February 21-22, 2019, a group of European researchers has met at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands to make last preparations for their experiment “Multiscale Boiling”. The experiment was designed to measure boiling phenomena under microgravity and is to be carried to the International Space Station ISS on July 8, 2019 with the Falcon 9 rocket. After installation, the experiment will be operated for several months.


  • 2019/03/25

    Atomic force microscopy investigation of the mechanical properties of nanomenisci

    Guest talk by Thierry Ondarçuhu, Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT)

    On March 25, 2019, Thierry Ondarçuhu (IMFT) will hold a guest lecture on AFM investigation of the mechanical properties of nanomenisci. Since January 2018 Thierry Ondarçuhu is research director at IMFT's Interfaces Group.

  • 2019/03/29

    Droplets and bubbles with phase transitions

    Guest talk by Detlef Lohse (University of Twente)

    On March 29, 2019 our guest Detlef Lohse (University of Twente) will describe and explain several simple experiments in which phase transitions in and around single droplets and bubbles play an important role.