The competences acquired in the last few years in the disciplines structural mechanics, particle technology and fluid mechanics have been pooled together in the cluster Fluids & Mechanics. The unique strengths of MCI are the interdisciplinary approaches and varied comprehensive methods such as the experimental verification of simulations or the application of control engineering concepts in mechanical systems. Nonetheless, it is of prevailing importance to find the most appropriate solution for the respective problem with regard on the general requirements.
In the research area multiphase evaluation, a number of modern experimental and numeric processes are conducted to examine the fluids. The characterization of fluids with laser measurement techniques are the principal foci of the research projects. Based on the fluid properties and the online measurable properties of dispersed phase, the technically important flows in the process sequence are investigated and optimized to enable more efficient modes of operations.
In the field of particle and separation technology the knowledge derived from fluid analysis is applied, for example, to optimize and especially to design particle separators. This research area focuses on particle separation through inertial separators especially with uniflow and reverse flow cyclones.
Owing to its compact construction the uniflow cyclone offers many advantages, and hence, is used in several technical applications for the separation of gas solids (e.g. the preliminary purification of intake air for internal combustion engines, FCC-plants, emission gas purification systems etc.). The precise manufacturing process through rapid prototyping, in combination with electronic probe analysis and a process evaluation enables research on different industrial applications.
The simulation technology forms the core of several MCI study programs and is, therefore, predominant in research areas such as mechanics (FEM, MBS), fluid mechanics (CFD, LB), electromagnetic and control engineering. Comprehensive and integrative simulation is of paramount importance in the light of the general orientation of this cluster. Commercial and industrial tested software as well as a high performance compute server form the backbone of the framework. Academic codes are also incorporated when required.
Given the fact that internal combustion engines represent the backbone of current mobility solutions and play a significant role in the area of energy supply, the research division Engines & Emissions particularly addresses issues related to alternative fuels, internal combustion and technologies for the reduction of emissions.
Research areas at a glance
Research Areas at a glance