The Laboratory is active in the field of turbulent reactive flows with emphasis on unsteady IC engine combustion processes, operated with conventional and renewable/synthetic fuels.
The mission of Laboratory is to contribute to the development of “Near-Zero Emission” technologies for transportation and decentralized co-generation systems and based on three pillars:
- Fundamental research on reactive thermofluidics in energy systems
- Growing the next generation of high-qualified engineers at the BSc., MSc. and doctoral level
- Closely interfacing research findings with industrial needs and development efforts towards energy efficient and environmental friendly combustion technologies
In order to accomplish these strategic goals we rely on first-class infrastructure in regard to both personnel and technical infrastructure to support our core activities.
Our infrastructure includes
- On the computational side several LAV-internal, and large ETHZ clusters and access to the High-Performance Computing capabilities of the SCSC in Mano (CH) as well as to several supercomputing centers worldwide. We develop thereby our own DNS codes for fundamental research and use where appropriate in the context of industrial collaborations also commercial codes (contributing our own submodels)
- On the experimental side we have available 4 engine test-beds and 3 optically accessible test rigs, fully equipped with state-of-the-art thermodynamics, combustion and emission measurement and processing instrumentation on one hand as well as with optical diagnostics (lasers, high-speed cameras) for turbulent flow, temperature and scalar characterization on the other
LAV is currently engaged in about 25 research projects and in collaborative work with around 15 industrial companies. We supervise more than 40 student theses (MSc., BSc., semester projects) per year and employ around 45 colleagues, of whom more than 35% are funded by external sources. These include direct support by industry, but also by the Swiss Office of Energy (BFE), the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), the Competence Center for Energy and Mobility (CCEM), the Swisselectric Research, the Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI), the SCCER in “Efficient Mobility”, the “Forschungsvereinigung Verbrennungskraftmaschinen (FVV/ Frankfurt a. M.), the Horizon 2020 EU-program, the European Research Council etc.