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.


  • 2018/10/19

    Gold in ERCOFTAC da Vinci Competition 2018


    Markus Schremb (Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics) awarded gold medal

    For his work on ice accretion due to supercooled water drops, Markus Schremb (Institute for Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics) has been awared the gold medal of this year's ERCOFTAC da Vinci Competition.

  • 2018/10/15

    New image video for CRC 1194

    Interaction between transport and wetting processes

    What happens when surfaces are printed and coated with different liquids? What processes occur when a liquid meets a solid? How do wetting and dewetting depend on the local momentum, heat and mass transport processes? The underlying mechanisms of the interaction between these processes have to a large extent not been understood to date and are the focus of the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1194. Although the physical phenomena take place only in a range of nanometres or micrometres, they often determine the efficiency of the overall process and the resulting product quality.

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  • 2018/10/08

    Wie offen sind Sie?

    OpenIng Umfrage

    Umfrage von „OpenIng“ zu Open Access und Open Educational Resources in den Ingenieurwissenschaften

    Das vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung geförderte Verbundprojekt „OpenIng“ der TU Darmstadt, TU Braunschweig und der Universität Stuttgart untersucht das Nutzungsverhalten und spezielle Bedarfe von Ingenieurwissenschaftler_innen im Zusammenhang mit wissenschaftlichen Veröffentlichungen. Ziel der Untersuchung ist die Anpassung und Verbesserung von technischen und organisatorischen Services der Hochschulen und Institutionen an die speziellen Anforderungen ingenieurwissenschaftlicher Fachdisziplinen sowie die Entwicklung von zielgruppengerechtem Informationsmaterial, Unterstützungsangeboten und Kommunikationskonzepten.

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  • 2018/10/05

    The pod machine principle

    High-resolution replication of surface topography with the press of a button

    A hand-held device (“replicator”) allows the non-destructive, cost-effective and rapid production of replicators of surface topography for high-resolution analysis with the press of a button. The development by Dr. Lars-Oliver Heim (Physics of Surfaces) uses a a polymer with very good wetting properties that is applied to the surface of interest. The polymer is then hardened extremely rapidly by ultraviolet light, through which a replicate of the surface is produced.

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  • 2018/09/19

    Short Course on Atomization and Sprays 2019

    The 5th Short Course on Atomization and Sprays is to be held 25-28 February 2019 in Darmstadt, Germany. Image: SLA

    25-28 February 2019 in Darmstadt, Germany

    After the great success of four previous Short Courses on Atomization and Sprays, a fifth edition will be held from 25-28 February 2019 at the TU Darmstadt. The course presents the current understanding and state-of-the-art of atomization fundamentals, their realization in atomizer systems and their application in a wide variety of engineering branches, including spray drying, spray coating, spray cooling, fuel injection, etc.

  • 2018/03/14

    21. DGLR-Fachsymposium der STAB


    6. – 7. November 2018 in Darmstadt

    In der Deutschen Strömungsmechanischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft (STAB) sind alle wichtigen Gebiete der Strömungsmechanik – insbesondere die der Luft- und Raumfahrt – aus Grundlagenforschung, Großforschung und Industrie in Deutschland zusammengeschlossen. Das STAB Symposium setzt sich zum Ziel, den fachlichen Austausch im Rahmen einer Konferenz anzuregen und die aktuelle Forschung zu fördern. Es findet vom 06. bis 07.11. 2018 in Darmstadt statt.

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