In­sti­tute of Com­bus­tion Tech­nol­o­gy

High-temperature Laminar Flow Reactor
High-tem­per­a­ture Lam­i­nar Flow Re­ac­tor
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High-temperature Laminar Flow Reactor

On the left side you can see the molec­u­lar beam mass spec­trom­e­ter with the sam­pling sys­tem con­sist­ing of the quartz noz­zle and skim­mer. On the right in the pic­ture the high tem­per­a­ture fur­nace with a glow­ing ce­ram­ic tube for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the fu­els.
DLR site Stuttgart
DLR site Stuttgart
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DLR site Stuttgart

DLR has more than 700 em­ploy­ees at the DLR site in Stuttgart. Six in­sti­tutes fo­cus on re­search in the fields of aero­nau­tics, space, en­er­gy, trans­port and se­cu­ri­ty. This al­so in­clude the staff of the In­sti­tute of Com­bus­tion Tech­nol­o­gy.
Image of the Shock Tubes laboratory at the Institute of Combustion Technology
Shock Tubes lab­o­ra­to­ry
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Shock Tubes laboratory

The main ob­jec­tive in the de­vel­op­ment of im­proved com­bus­tion tech­nolo­gies is not on­ly to in­crease ef­fi­cien­cy and re­duce pol­lu­tant emis­sions, but al­so to use al­ter­na­tive fu­els in tech­ni­cal com­bus­tion pro­cess­es in a cost-ef­fec­tive man­ner. The pro­vi­sion of se­cured and val­i­dat­ed chem­i­cal mod­el fu­el re­ac­tion mech­a­nisms is one of the cen­tral tasks of ki­net­ics with the aim of achiev­ing an im­proved com­put­er-aid­ed de­sign and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of tech­ni­cal com­bus­tion pro­cess­es with con­ven­tion­al and al­ter­na­tive fu­els.
Demonstration laser metrology
Laser mea­sure­ment tech­nol­o­gy at the In­sti­tute of Com­bus­tion Tech­nol­o­gy
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Laser measurement technology at the Institute of Combustion Technology

Laser mea­sure­ment tech­nol­o­gy at the In­sti­tute of Com­bus­tion Tech­nol­o­gy
FLOX flame
FLOX Burn­ers for Gas Tur­bines
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FLOX Burners for Gas Turbines

For gas tur­bines, the FLOX® com­bus­tion con­cept presents a promis­ing al­ter­na­tive to the wide­ly used swirl burn­er. In FLOX® burn­ers, fu­el, air and burned gas­es are in­tense­ly mixed in the com­bus­tion cham­ber be­fore the on­set of flame re­ac­tions. This leads to a quite ho­moge­nous tem­per­a­ture dis­tri­bu­tion and re­duced peak tem­per­a­tures, thus avoid­ing sig­nif­i­cant NO for­ma­tion.
EnerTwin micro gas turbine
En­er­Twin mi­cro gas tur­bine
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EnerTwin micro gas turbine

The En­er­Twin mi­cro gas tur­bine has an elec­tri­cal out­put of 3kW and a ther­mal out­put of 14 kW. The mi­cro gas tur­bine com­press­es am­bi­ent air to 3 bar (full load) us­ing a ra­di­al com­pres­sor.

The main topics of research and development activities at the Institute of Combustion Technology (VT) are technical combustion processes focused on combustion in gas turbines. The fundamental goal is the optimisation of gas turbine combustion chambers with regard to efficiency, flexibility, reliability and emissions. In addition, new technologies should be developed and achieve marketability in cooperation with industrial partners.

A guiding theme of the Institute is the bridge spanned from combustion science to combustion technology. About 100 members of staff work in the specialist areas Chemical Kinetics, Computer Simulation, Gas Turbines, Combustion Diagnostics, Multiphase Flow and Alternative Fuels, Chemical Analytics, High-Pressure Experiments and Mass Spectrometry. The institute was founded in Cologne and moved to Stuttgart in 1965, where it was renamed into the Institute of Combustion Technology in 1998.

Contact
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Aigner
    Head of In­sti­tute
    Deutsches Zen­trum für Luft- und Raum­fahrt (DLR) - Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter
    In­sti­tute of Com­bus­tion Tech­nol­o­gy
    Telephone: +49 711 6862-309
    Fax: +49 711 6862-578
    Pfaffenwaldring 38-40
    70569 Stuttgart
    Contact
  • Dr Wolfgang Meier
    Deputy Head
    Deutsches Zen­trum für Luft- und Raum­fahrt (DLR) - Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter
    In­sti­tute of Com­bus­tion Tech­nol­o­gy
    Telephone: +49 711 6862-397
    Fax: +49 711 6862-578
    Pfaffenwaldring 38-40
    70569 Stuttgart
    Contact
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DLR at a glance
DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.
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    In­sti­tute of Com­bus­tion Tech­nol­o­gy: num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions – 28 per­cent of open ac­cess (2014 to 2018)

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    number of publications of open access between 2014 and 2018 (28 percent)
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    number of publications of non-open access between 2014 and 2018
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    In­sti­tute of Com­bus­tion Tech­nol­o­gy: num­ber of PhD stu­dents (2018)

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    In­sti­tute of Com­bus­tion Tech­nol­o­gy: num­ber of jour­nal con­tri­bu­tions from 2014 to 2018 (87 per­cent of open ac­cess)

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    number of non-open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)
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    number of open access journal contributions (2014 to 2018)

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