Your mission:

Methane, which has properties intermediate between hydrogen and kerosene, is a fuel of several developed and designed rocket engines. Detailed kinetic mechanisms of methane oxidation consist of around 200 or more reactions and about 40-50 species. At the current moment CFD simulations with the use of detailed methane mechanisms can be performed only on supercomputers. However, detailed kinetic mechanisms can be reduced, taking the specifics of rocket combustion chambers. The aim of the present project is to develop a reduced kinetic mechanism of methane oxidation suitable for CFD simulations for rocket applications.

The goal of this graduate work is a skeletal kinetic mechanism of methane oxidation which is optimized for rocket application. To perform the work the following tasks should be fulfilled:

  • evaluation of available software tools for kinetic modelling and analysing of kinetic mechanisms
  • definition of the requirements for the developed kinetic mechanism
  • search of the literature data for the validation of the reduced mechanism
  • comparison of the reduced mechanism with other mechanisms and experimental data
  • writing the technical report

Your qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree or similar qualification in physics or chemistry
  • Good knowledge of physics, thermodynamics or chemistry
  • Good English knowledge

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment.

Course paper / final thesis


6 months

DLR Lampoldshausen

To location

DLR Institute of Space Propulsion

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Contact person :

Dr. Victor Zhukov

Institute of Space Propulsion Tel: +49 6298 28-633

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Course paper / final thesis

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