Course paper / final thesis

Modelling and techno-economic analysis of the upgrading process of FT-products to sustainable aviation fuels

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Duration of contract

6 months

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

In the group of Techno-economic Analysis, we support the technology development with analyses regarding technical, economic and environmental aspects. By automating these analyses while at the same time keeping the transparency high, we ensure that new technologies are comparable and crucial process steps are identified and further investigated.

In the M2SAF (Methanol to Sustainable Aviation Fuels) research project, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is supporting industry in developing a process for the large-scale production of sustainable kerosene. While the focus of the project is a methanol-based approach, the route via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis enables a direct integration into existing refinery infrastructure. Based on the results of our EU-project COMSYN1 and together with M2SAF project partners, a detailed model for the upgrading of FT-products is to be set up and techno-economically assessed.

Within the scope of your master thesis, the following steps will have to be fulfilled:

  • literature research on processes to upgrade hydrocarbon towards kerosene
  • adaption of an existing process model in the process simulation software AspenPlus®
  • technical optimization of the process using python-based software tools
  • techno-economic assessment with the DLR software tool TEPET

Your qualifications:

  • student in process engineering, chemical engineering, or a related field
  • good knowledge of flow diagram simulation software (Aspen Plus®, CHEMCAD, etc.)
  • good and well-structured programming skills (Python, MATLAB, etc.)
  • high receptivity, initiative, and independence
  • good communication and presentation skills

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 unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Simon Maier
Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics

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