Fuel Design Center
Since the beginning of 2012, the Fuel Design Center (FDC) is located in Schinkelstraße 8 in Aachen, which is the core area of RWTH Aachen University. The improvement of the institutional structures of the Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass” as well as the requirement to create a sustainable, jointly used research center was essential for the founding of FDC. With its structure and orientation, the FDC can be assigned to the profile areas “Mobility & Transport Engineering” (MTE), “Energy, Chemical & Process Engineering (ECPE)” and “Molecular Science & Engineering” (MSE).
The FDC offers more than 1000 m2 of laboratory area, among others facilities for detailed investigations of novel fuels under real combustion conditions. In addition to the expansion of the already existing chemistry laboratory, for example a high pressure chamber to visualize injection processes, two single cylinder research engines for thermodynamic examinations and two optical engines were installed.
The “Rapid Compression Machine” (RCM) and the shock tube are operated by the research group “Physico- Chemical Fundamentals of Combustion” (PCFC) under direction of Junior Professor Alexander Heufer. In addition to the employees of PCFC, the research group “Model-Based Fuel Design” (MBFD) of Junior Professor Kai Leonhard is located at FDC, as it offers more than 600 m2 of office area. The FDC does not only house these two Junior Professorships founded by the Cluster of Excellence: the Cluster office and the speaker of the Cluster are also located at the FDC.
Furthermore, the program coordinators of the “Competence Center Power to Fuel” (P2F) and the “Center for Automotive Catalytic Systems Aachen” (ACA) work at FDC. Both project houses are closely related to the topics of the Cluster of Excellence TMFB. Hence, the FDC offers facilities for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work groups as well as guest scientists. Therefore, it essentially contributes to a continuation of the Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass” as well as to a structural development of RWTH Aachen University. Of course, the FDC shall be continuingly operated as competence center after the end of the second funding line.