New modelling tools for resource-efficient high temperature technologies

The lower part of the fixed-bed slagging gasifier SBV. © Sebastian Kriebitzsch
Affiliated with the chair of Energy Process Engineering and Thermal Waste Treatment, since August the team of group leader Sebastian Kriebitzsch is developing new tools for realistic modelling of high temperature conversion processes in the metallurgical and chemical industries.

Many basic products of our daily life are made by processes with temperatures above 2.000°C, which are accompanied by high CO2 emissions. 

Funded by the federal ministry of education and research (BMBF) with about five million euros, the research group Multiphase Models is one of the three main pillars of the Centre for Innovation Competence Virtuhcon. The others are the second BMBF-funded research group Material and Process Analysis, which is expected to start in September 2016, and the ESF-funded research group ProVirt, which has already started its research activities in September 2015. The top-ranking position of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg within German universities with respect to the successful raising of third-party funds is further reconfirmed by this successful procurement. In 2015 a total of about 51.6 million euros of third-party funds has been raised by the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, on average more than 740.000 euros per professor.   

In the five years to come, the CIC Virtuhcon will provide tools for the development and design of new resource- and CO2-efficient high temperature processes. By this it will support the change to a knowledge-based and sustainable production of a modern society. Based on the modelling competences acquired during the first period of funding of the CIC Virtuhcon, the research will be done in interdisciplinary cooperation with eight incorporated institutes of the Bergakademie.

Through highly resolved simulations, the research group Multiphase Models will provide new detailed insights into the high temperature processes which have not been accessible before. This fundamental research will form the basis which facilitates the development of new and the improvement of existing technologies. A distinctive feature of the research is that the quality of the simulation models will be shown by validation against data from industrially relevant pilot-scale plants. Examples are the IsaSmelt furnace of the institute of Non-ferrous Metals and the COORVED reactor and the SBV fixed-bed slagging gasifier at the chair of Energy Process Engineering and Thermal Waste Treatment.

The fixed-bed slagging gasifier SBV. © Sebastian Kriebitzsch
Group leader Dr. Sebastian Kriebitzsch with concept © Sebastian Kriebitzsch

More information:  

VIRTUHCON - Virtual High Temperature Conversion

Contact partner:

Dr. Sebastian Kriebitzsch
Tel. +49 (3731) 39-4476