Student research projects & theses

Here you can find the current topics offered for student work (study, bachelor and master thesis) at the Institute of Power Plant Engineering and Heat Transfer. For more detailed information on the individual topics, please contact the respective person.
All the following theses can be done in English.

 

Bachelor theses


Bachelor / student research projects

  • Analysis of heat transfer mechanisms in adsorption columns

    Abstract

    As part of the energy transition, natural gas is to be used as a bridging technology from coal to renewable energies. To store natural gas in large quantities, it is compressed and stored underground in caverns under high pressure. During the storage period, the natural gas absorbs moisture from the cavern walls, which must be removed before it can be fed into the gas grid. Adsorption columns are used for this purpose, through which the natural gas flows and transfers its moisture to a solid. Before an adsorber can be used again, it must be regenerated with another gas. In this process, the previously adsorbed water is desorbed again.
    In this work, the heat transfer during both adsorption and desorption will be investigated. First, all heat transfer mechanisms will be analyzed and their influence will be evaluated. In the end, a program shall be developed, with which the heat transfer in an adsorber can be represented and calculated.

    Task definition

    • Literature research on heat transfer in adsorbers
    • Identification of relevant parameters for heat transfer in adsorbers
    • Development of a programme to describe the heat transfer mechanisms
    • Application and validation of the programme for a defined operating point
    • Detailed documentation and presentation of the work in a written paper
    • Presentation of the results within the framework of a lecture


    Your profile

    • Student of mechanical engineering, energy technology or similar courses of study
    • Independent, conscientious and structured way of working
    • Knowledge of heat transfer, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics
    • Interest in programming (e.g. Python, MATLAB, etc.)
    • Ideally previous knowledge of programming

    Contact person for student work

    Jelto Deke, M. Sc.
    Research Staff
    Address
    An der Universität 1
    30823 Garbsen
    Building
    Room
    211
    Address
    An der Universität 1
    30823 Garbsen
    Building
    Room
    211
  • Potential analysis of thermal packed bed storage systems for sustainable district heating networks

    Abstract

    By switching from fossil heat generation to renewable forms of energy, the district and local heating network must be converted and made more flexible. In addition, thermal energy storage must be able to compensate for or at least mitigate the temporal difference between high generation capacity and strong demand. It becomes clear that efficient possibilities for storing and dynamically providing thermal energy are indispensable. To this end, the Institute of Power Plant Engineering and Heat Transfer is pushing ahead with research into heat transfer at packed beds and the development of thermal energy storage systems.

    The aim of this work is to work out the potential of thermal storage in future sustainable district heating networks. Among other things, the following questions are to be addressed:

    • What are the requirements for large-scale thermal storage?
    • How can thermal storage units be used for combined heat and power generation?
    • What contribution can thermal storage systems make to stabilising the district heating network?
    • How do sphere-based thermal storage systems compare to other thermal storage systems?


    Task definiton

    • Extensive literature research on thermal energy storage and district heating networks.
    • Establishing and characterising the requirements for thermal storage systems
    • Potential analysis of thermal storage systems
    • Critical evaluation of the results obtained
    • Detailed documentation of the work
    • Presentation of the results


    Your profile

    • Student of mechanical engineering, energy technology or similar courses of study.
    • Independent, conscientious and structured way of working
    • Good knowledge of heat transfer and thermodynamics
    • Interest in current issues of the “German Energiewende”

    Contact person for student work

    Maximilian Richard Ziegler, M. Sc.
    Research Staff
    Address
    An der Universität 1
    30823 Garbsen
    Building
    Room
    223
    Address
    An der Universität 1
    30823 Garbsen
    Building
    Room
    223

Student research projects / Master theses


Master theses


Scientific Computing II

The Institute of Power Plant Engineering and Heat Transfer offers students of the Master's programme in Industrial Engineering and Management the opportunity to write a programming thesis in the module Scientific Computing II.

Those interested can contact Jelto Deke and ask for specific topics.

Notes for theses

Here you will find templates for writing essays, as well as tips for academic work and general information about the structure of an essay.

Contact for general questions about student research projects and theses

Niklas Siwczak, M. Sc.
Research Staff
Address
An der Universität 1
30823 Garbsen
Building
Room
212
Niklas Siwczak, M. Sc.
Research Staff
Address
An der Universität 1
30823 Garbsen
Building
Room
212