Welcome to Combustion Technology (VBT)


The Chair of Combustion Technology of the Engler-Bunte-Institut belongs to the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering. The chair of Combustion Technology is held by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Trimis. In the field of combustion technology different objectives of research are addressed with various diagnostic methods and theoretical aproaches.

In addition, the interested reader can find more information on the development or the history of the institute on another page.

We hope that readers, whether researchers, student or layman, can find all relevant data and information on the present site, and will gain an insight into the interesting work of this institute. We are always grateful about suggestions, please send an e-mail.

Distinguished Paper Award 2022
Distinguished Paper Award 2022

In a 13-part series of articles, The Combustion Institute recognizes the 2022 Distinguished Papers selected from among the scientific papers presented during the 39th International Symposium on Combustion.

We are very proud that the manuscript "Effects of Low-Temperature Chemical Reactions on Ignition Kernel Development and Flame Propagation in a DME-Air Mixing Layer" by Yiqing Wang, Wang Han, Thorsten Zirwes, Feichi Zhang, Henning Bockhorn and Zheng Chen, has been selected as the Distinguished Paper in the "Laminar Flames" colloquium for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion.

The list of distinguished papers and authors will be added soon to the "awards"-page of the Combustion Institute's website

Thorsten Zirwes receives Blanc & Fischer Innovation Award

The KIT Freundeskreis und Fördergesellschaft e. V. (KFG) annually awards the Blanc & Fischer Innovation Award together with the KIT to honor the best dissertations in the field of engineering. The winners are selected with an emphasis on high innovative potential of the methods developed during the doctorate, successful transfer into practice, and excellent oral and written communication. The award is sponsored for three years by the company Blanc & Fischer. Thorsten Zirwes received the award together with two other prize winners for developing efficient computational methods to speed up the simulation of chemically reacting flows on supercomputers.

Thorsten Zirwes receives the Bernard Lewis Fellowship

Thorsten Zirwes received the Bernard Lewis Fellowship as one of six recipients at this year's International Symposium on Combustion in Vancouver, Canada. The prize has been awarded biannually since 1996 by the Combustion Institute in honor of the scientist Bernard Lewis to recognize outstanding research by young scientists.

Premixed hydrogen combustion at high recirculation rates (BOY-178)

With the progressing decarbonization of the energy market, hydrogen will play an important role in end applications in the near future and will be available on a large scale. With the hydrogen strategy of the "European Green Deal", the European Commission has set itself the goal of hydrogen taking in an integral part of the integrated energy system. 


Recycling carbon dioxide in the cement industry to produce added-value additives: a step towards a CO2 circular economy

CO2 from the flue gases of a rotary kiln in a cement industry (CO2: 25 vol%) will be used for the production of value-added chemicals (acid additives for cement formulations) and materials (CaCO3 nanoparticles to be used as concrete fillers). In other words, a circular-economy-approach is established in a way that the CO2 produced by cement manufacturing is re-used in a significant part within the plant itself to produce better cement-related products entailing less energy intensity and related CO2 emissions by a quadratic effect.

Using Sulfur to Store Solar Energy

The partial project executed by KIT focuses on the technical implementation of combustion. It is planned to develop a lab-scale sulfur burner for stable combustion in the range from 10 to 50 kilowatts at high power densities under atmospheric conditions and temperatures higher than 1400°C. Power density in particular allows for the effective use of sulfur as a fuel for electricity production. “Although combustion often is associated with fossil technologies, we want to show that it also is an important element in the context of the energy transition,” Prof. Trimis says.


BioROBURplus builds upon the closing FCH JU BioROBUR project (direct biogas oxidative steam reformer) to develop an entire pre-commercial fuel processor delivering 50 Nm3/h (i.e. 107 kg/d) of 99.9% hydrogen from different biogas types (landfill gas, anaerobic digestion of organic wastes, anaerobic digestion of wastewater-treatment sludges) in a cost-effective manner.

Project summary
Corona News

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