Since 2003, the Department of Fluid Mechanics has been headed by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Gunther Brenner. With the reoccupation of this professorship, a new orientation of the research topics was implemented.
One methodological focus is the numerical simulation of flows (CFD Computational Fluid Dynamics) - a technique which in recent years has increasingly supplemented the traditional pillars of fluid mechanics, theory and experiment. In addition to the further development of simulation techniques and the optimization of algorithms for parallel supercomputers, the focus is on the application of these techniques to solve engineering problems. The second methodological focus is the further development and application of modern, laser-based measurement techniques in fluid mechanics. Here, too, the use of powerful computers has become indispensable.
On the one hand, the spectrum of research work covers various individual aspects from the classical application areas of fluid mechanics, e.g. turbulence research or gas dynamics. From a technological point of view, the interest is focused on fluid machinery as well as on flow processes in the field of chemical and thermal process engineering. In addition, there are close cooperations with institutes from the field of material sciences.