Research in thermal energy is focused on optimization of thermal systems as units for power production, refrigeration, heat pumps, internal combustion engines, fuel cells, and biomass utilization. We apply numerical modelling of systems and components and develop simulation tools for these. This involves numerous engineering disciplines and methods. Experimental research includes facilities for performance and emission tests for internal combustion engines, and research on heat transfer in refrigeration, heat pump systems, and power cycles.
New tendencies at the section
In the coming year, we expect further developments in several experimental research fields, including facilities for hydrogen compression and for studies of heat transfer in combustion. Some research projects have recently led to innovations with potential for commercial exploitation. Further, the group is involved in several programmes under the International Energy Agency which will increase the international collaboration.
Expectations for this year
We expect to obtain new results from the operation of power cycles onboard ships for waste heat recovery, and in the field of liquefied natural gas (LNG) production units. Novel solutions for fueling hydrogen as a vehicle fuel will be presented. In the field of heat pumps, new results regarding heat transfer and system configurations are expected. The DTU Roadrunners will participate in Shell Eco-Marathon with increased ambitions for the performance in several categories.
The ecocar 2013, photo: Flemming Jørgensen, DTU Mechanical Engineering.