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Research with industrial cooperation

If you are interested in an industrial research project, please contact Prof. Philipp Gittler.

Applications

Our research activities on fluid mechanics and heat transfer are open to nearly all fields of application. However there are some core areas where our institute has established a broad experience due to extensive collaborations with industrial partners.

The first of these core areas is the analysis and modelling of metallurgical flow processes in collaboration with Austria's largest steel company voestalpine and the globally active steel plant construction company Siemens VAI Metals Technologies. Nearly all flow relevant process steps - from primary and secondary metallurgy to the continuous casting of steel slabs, billets and blooms - as well as entailing issues like dedusting and cooling have been investigated.

 

Another major application is the design and optimisation of aircraft. Aerodynamics research focuses on induced drag reduction, flow simulation of small aircraft and of airfoils with deflected wing components, like flaps, spoliers or slats, etc.

Further examples are:

  • Refrigeration unit air flow
  • Pump optimisation, bearing-less blood pump
  • Cyclones
  • Viscose rayon spinning
  • Fire Extinguishing Monitor optimisation

Phenomena

Our research group has extensive experience in analysing and modelling the following phenomena:

  • Laminar and turbulent flows
  • Multiphase flows
  • Chemical reactions and combustion in flows
  • Heat transfer (including radiation)
  • Magneto-hydrodynamic flows (MHD)

Methods

We try to combine the following methods of analysing a flow situation wherever possible:

 
  • Numerical simulations: Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), coupling with other solvers e.g. electromagnetic solver
  • Theoretical and analytical approaches
  • Experiments and measurements: Air channel, water test rig, flow measurement (PIV, CTA, ADV)