The Center of Innovation Competence (CIC) Virtuhcon has entered its second phase
Research group leader Dr.-Ing. Jörg Kleeberg and his team will examine high-temperature conversion processes by using the latest measuring technologies. “Our work is dedicated to chemical and metallurgical processes with high solid loads”, explains Dr. Kleeberg. The availability of large pilot-scale plants at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg will allow to perform the process analysis under conditions close to industry standards. “The possibility to validate simulation models with results from large test facilities is a unique feature in the international research landscape” says Prof. Bernd Meyer, spokesman of Virtuhcon, “it highlights the top-level research of Virtuhcon”.
The close cooperation of the three research groups will allow to validate numerical models with measurement data from industrially relevant pilot-scale plants. Based on the results of Dr. Kleeberg and his team, the research group “Multiphase Models” will provide highly resolved simulations models which gives detailed insights into high temperature processes, which have not been accessible before. The ESF-funded research group “ProVirt” will create problem-oriented and practical computational tools which will help to optimize existing processes and develop innovative technological approaches.
The scientists of Virtuhcon will develop new resource-efficient technologies with low-CO2 emissions for sustainable production processes. The first phase of Virtuhcon has already shown internationally respected results. A prominent example is the development of high-performance burners for the non-catalytic partial oxidation of natural gas.
In the second phase of Virtuhcon the research focus will be extended on new technology fields from the non-ferrous metallurgy, chemical and basic industry. “We will benefit from a comprehensive technical expertise of eight cooperating institutes of our University” explains Prof. Meyer. There is a special close cooperation with Prof. Michael Stelter and his Institute of Nonferrous Metallurgy and High-Purity Materials. Prof. Stelter is also the deputy spokesman of the CIC Virtuhcon. The Center of Innovation Competence is furthermore an essential part of the Center for Efficient High-temperature Substance Conversion (ZeHS).
The research groups are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as the European Social Fund (ESF). The raised funds of at least 12 million euros by the Professorship of Energy Process Engineering and Thermal Waste Treatment will contribute to the top-level research of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg.