AVT-Mechanical Process Engineering
The Chair of Mechanical Process Engineering (AVT.MVT) is rooted in the former Chair for Mechanical Boundary Areas and the former Chair for Mathematical Methods in Chemical Engineering in the year 1992. Since 1994, Michael Modigell is the Head of this Chair.
Research work at "Mechanical Process Engineering" focuses on energy- and environmental technologies, rheology and the development of high resolution experimental measurement methods.
The AVT.MVT participates in two joint research projects that deal with the development of membrane based power plant processes for carbon capture and storage. Main tasks are the system development for high temperature air separation as well as process design and optimization. The simulation tools used for this purpose also find their application in the analysis of high temperature processes such as clincer-burning or the production of pigments.
Additionally the development of regenerative processes plays a role in the portfolio of the AVT.MVT. In an EU funded project, biologic production of hydrogen from waste disposals is investigated, as well as its pretreatment by means of mechanical pulping.
The focus of the rheological work is on investigation of suspensions from semi solid metal alloys used in so-called thixo forming. The range of work reaches from experiments in self developed high temperature rheometers to simulate filling processes with the parameters determined in these experiments.
Fundamental research is performed on mass transport phenomena in falling liquid films. A luminescence based, non-invasive method has been developed that allows measurements of concentration distributions of absorbed gases in flowing liquids at high spatial and temporal resolutions. The results of experimental studies are used to develop mass transport models and to improve design methods for technical devices like film absorbers.