Technische Universit├Ąt Ilmenau EuHIT Partner Institution


The Technische Universität Ilmenau is a place where about 7,000 students and more than 1,200 employees study, work and research at five faculties. The Institute of Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (ITF) – lead by the Heisenberg Professor Joerg Schumacher - is hosted by
the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Since 2001 the institute operates the worldwide largest Rayleigh-Bénard experiment called the “Barrel of Ilmenau” (BOI). The convection research group consists of engineers, physicists and mathematicians working on experimental as well as
numerical and theoretical fields. The institute is equipped with state-of-the-art flow measurement technique and has access to high-power computing facilities. Besides the research in turbulent convection, the work of the institute is dedicated to the fields of magnetohydrodynamics and renewable energies (see and for more information).

Main tasks in EuHIT: The ITF provides trans-national access to the BOI of Ilmenau. In collaboration with the MPI-DS Goettingen and the University of Twente the Lagrangian measurement technique shall be adapted to the large-scale experiment which is 8.0 meters in height and 7.5 meters in diameter. The users at the BOI also benefit from the novel micro sensor for simultaneous temperature and velocity measurements that is developed in a “room” temperature version (CNRS-c). All the data sampled at the BOI shall be provided to other scientists in (CINECA).