DLR is the national center for aerospace, energy and transportation research of Germany. The Institute of Combustion Technology at German Aerospace Center (DLR), located in Stuttgart, is an international renown research facility in the field of combustion science. It hosts approximately 80 scientists from various fields of specialization and addresses research for modern gas turbines. This thermal energy conversion is key for the energy transition policy – with sustainable energy carriers as, for example, hydrogen. In aviation, synthetic aviation fuels are without alternative beyond mid-range distances. Modern low-emission gas turbine technology, exported to the world, can contribute to climate neutral industry on a global scale. Our Institute can support this development with the competence fields computer simulation, chemical kinetics and analytics, combustion diagnostics, mass spectrometry, multi-phase flow and high-pressure combustion. Current research topics are instationary combustion, pollutant formation, spray combustion, alternative fuels and innovative combustor systems, operated with synthetic fuels and hydrogen. Detailed understanding of fuel properties of those alternatives compared to conventional fuels is a prerequisite for their production and utilization. Our Institute targets fundamental research and transfers results to technical application.
Competence relevant to FLEX4H2
Key competences within the project are the design of combustion chambers and adaptation of injection systems and subsequent operation in a high-pressure combustion test rig with excellent optical access, application of optical diagnostics to atmospheric and pressurized combustion and ignition testing for operation of single or dual stage combustors at technically relevant conditions.