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The Department

The Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering is an internationally recognised research department with the mission to optimise processes and plants in the fields of manufacturing, processing and recycling of iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, glass and ceramics.

Under the direction of Professor Dr.-Ing. Herbert Pfeifer and supported by numerous student research assistants the research staff works in three research groups on current topics of industrial furnaces and heat engineering. The team is completed by staff in the technical and administrative field, working in the department‘s administration and mechanical as well as electrical workshop.

The core areas of research at the department arise from the three research groups.

The research group „High Temperature Flows in Metallurgical Melts“ works on current topics of the physical and numerical simulation of high temperature flows.

Within the research group „Industrial Furnace Technology“ the research areas fluid mechanics/mechanics, combustion and tadiant tubes are covered. The emphasis in this field is on research and development with a practical orientation and with the support of experimental and numerical methods.

Apart from the preparation of „Energy and Mass Balances“, especially for the process of electric steelmaking, the research group of the same name is active in the fields of process optimisation, environmental technologies and process developement. In addition empirical and analytical modeling as well as numerical simulations are used.

A short profile of our department describing the different research areas is also available here.

We gladly assist your problem solving by offering contract research, services or consulting. Our know how and equipment allows us to cover almost all areas of industrial furnace technology and heat engineering.

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