Track: Transport Phenomena and Fluid Flow

The Transport Phenomena and Fluid Flow track (TPFF) comprises continuum and molecular phenomena and processes over a wide range of time and length scales in their mutual dependence. This includes the interplay between chemical reactions, turbulent eddies, bubbles, flow and convective transport at the scale of the vessel or at a long range. Your Master’s thesis project is carried out in the department of Chemical Engineering, the Fluid Mechanics section or the Clouds and Climate group.

Students planning to graduate in the TPFF track can choose between projects in the following areas: computational reactor engineering, multiphase flows, thermal & materials processes, reactive flows & explosions, and clouds, climate & air quality. The great potential of a wide variety of computer simulations (computational fluid dynamics, large-eddy and direct numerical simulation, Lattice-Boltzmann simulations, Monte-Carlo techniques) makes it possible to simulate fundamental flow phenomena and also most aspects of industrial and environmental processes in great detail and very close to reality. Advanced measuring techniques allow us to penetrate deep into the details of flow and transport phenomena as occurring in process equipment, and to analyse their mutual relations and their impact on physical and chemical processes. Environmental issues, including cloud dynamics and cloud microphysics, as well as atmospheric dispersion (fine dust) in urban areas, are studied to improve computational and climate/weather models. A detailed understanding of the underlying principles leads to a better control of various processes, producing better products in a cleaner, safer and more efficient way.

For students planning to graduate in the TPFF track, it is important to acquire sufficient knowledge of the physics of fluid flow and turbulence. It is therefore strongly advised that all students, prior to starting their thesis project, take the following modules: Continuum Physics (AP3032), and two modules from Advanced Physical Transport Phenomena (AP3171), Applied Multiphase Flow (AP3181) and Turbulence A (WB1424A). Students pursuing the R&D specialization are advised to also take Advanced Fluid Dynamics A (WB1422A).