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Research at the Combustion Technology department of Engler-Bunte-Institute encompasses long-established fundamental topics, such as soot formation, combustion generated noise and combustion instabilities, while dealing at the same time with combustion applications like stationary gas turbines and aero-engines. Currently, new research topics are also evolving and are mainly related to energy sustainability, alternative fuels, energy storage concepts and energy efficiency. In this context, key issue is the determination of combustion properties for new unconventional fuels, including e.g. synthetic or biogenic fuels, hydrogen-rich gases, lean gases etc., that are expected to play an important role in mid- and long-term future energy scenarios. Ignition, flame structure, pollutant emissions, flow and combustion instabilities, spray generation, as well as interactions between combustion gases and material surfaces, are characterized in the framework of new research activities that employ model flame configurations and modern optical diagnostic methods. Additionally, large-scale super computers enable analysis of the examined processes with high-resolution numerical models and comparison with experimental results. Both approaches form the basis to understand und optimize new applications that require coupling of combustion with other industrial and energy generation processes e.g. thermo-electric processes, electro-chemical processes (electrolysis, fuel cells), solar-thermal processes, and solar-chemical processes, for efficiency optimization.
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