IKDG - Chair and Institute for Power Plant Technology, Steam and Gas Turbines


Head of the Institute

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Manfred Christian Wirsum

Fields of Study

Bachelor´s degree: Occupational field Energy Technology, Master´s degree: Power Plant Technology

Main Focus

Stationary Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines, Power Plant Technology, Power Plant Processes, Turbo Chargers

Research Focus

The Institute for Power Plant Technology, Steam and Gas Turbines (IKDG) deals with the analysis and assessment of energy conversion systems, with the investigation and optimization of steam and gas turbines and valves for power plant applications and their integration into the power plant process.

The IKDG has several large test rigs, in which combustion processes in gas turbine combustion chambers or flow phenomena in steam and gas turbines, such as secondary flows in the blade channel and leakage flows in the shroud cavity and their interaction can be investigated. The aim of this research is the optimization of the turbine aerodynamics and the characterization of loss mechanisms. Also condensation processes in low pressure steam turbines are objects of theoretical and experimental investigations.

Stipulated by the demand for alternative eletrical power generation, research in the area of process-development and optimization of new types of power plant processes and energy storage technologies together with research in the field of hydrogen combustion in gas turbines is intensified. The investigation of combustion processes aim at reducing of pollutant emissions and combustion instabilities.

The institute is furthermore concerned with power plant process simulation. The interaction of the individual subsystems and components/machines in a complex energy conversion system is analyzed in order to derive strategies for the optimization of the overall system and the components.


IKDG - Chair and Institute for Power Plant Technology, Steam and Gas Turbines
Mathieustraße 9
52074 Aachen

Phone: +49 241 80-254 51
Fax: +49 241 80-223 07

Homepage IKDG