Steinbeis Transfer Center Thermofluid Dynamics and efficient Energy Conversion


  • Development of calculation models
  • Design and optimization of cooled and/or flowed components
  • Experimental validation of models, components and plants
  • Consulting and applied research in the area of heat utilization, efficient energy conversion and component cooling
  • Consulting on innovation programs, applying for funds, support on research projects
  • Further education, trainings and seminars

Key Areas

  • Thermofluid dynamics
    • Cooling of highly stressed components
    • Modelling of flows with heat transfer
    • Influencing of heat transfer through surface structures
    • Calculation of heat and material transport in porous media with and without adsorption
    • Coupling of different simulation processes (1D, 3D, CFD, FEM)
    • Adjustment of open-source simulation tools to special application
  • Efficient energy conversion
    • Sorption technology (heat pumps, cooling machines, heat utilization, dehumification)
    • Heat utilization with Organic Rankine Cycles (ORC)
  • Efficient control algorithms
    • Controls on the basis of open-source hardware and software
    • Turbo machines
    • Know-how network at the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe
    • Close cooperation especially with the Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning, and Environmental Engineering (IKKU), the Insitute of Material and Processes (IMP), the Institute of Energy Efficient Mobility (IEEM) and the Steinbeis Transfer Centers

Project Examples

  • Experimental study on loss mechanisms in sorption heat pumps
  • Development and characterization of sorption materials with high power density
  • Development and manufacturing of a test bench for balance and kinetics measurements on adsorbients
  • Cooling of highly stressed tools with the help of heat pipes


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Moltkestr. 30, D-76133 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 721 92519-19
Fax: +49 721 92519-15
Management: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Stripf
(Stand: 06/26/2023)

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