The hydrogen and
fuel cell center

Your Contact

Dipl.-Ing. Jens Wartmann

Head of department

Micro Systems and Fluid Mechanics

phone: +49-203-7598-3336
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Your Contact

Dr.-Ing. Georg Dura

vice head of department
Micro Systems and Fluid Mechanics

phone: +49-203-7598-2344
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Department of Microsystems and Fluid Mechanics

The Department of Microsystems and Fluid Mechanics develops portable fuel cell systems in a power range up to 100 watts as well as microstructured components for fuel cell systems in larger power ranges. In addition, all issues concerning the design and characterization of fluid mechanical components within the ZBT are also adressed.


Motivation for micro- and miniature fuel cells

The motivation for the development of small and portable fuel cells is the increased energy consumption of today's mobile electronic devices like smartphones or tablet PCs. Fuel cells can be used as portable, self-contained chargers as well as a replacement for the integrated accumulator. The advantages are, e.g.  self-containment, rapid recharge and a higher energy density.


Additionally, fuel cell systems with greater power than 100 watts contain components which are designed and manufactured with the help of microsystem technology. Application examples are sensors to record the operating data or microstructured surfaces to reduce the electrical contact resistances.

Fluid Mechanics

The fluid mechanics group combines flow measurement (µPIV, PIV, LDV of single- and multiphase systems) with numerical flow simulation (with commercial and open source tools). Interdepartmentally, the fluid mechanics group works on the investigation of flow phenomena, the improvement of flow geometries and development of innovative measurement techniques.

Research-focus and service

An overview of the main research areas and services of the department is given by the following graphic:

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  • confocal microscope μsurf costum (nanofocus AG)
  • fourier transform infrared spectrometer (Agilent Technologies)
  • test bench for the characterization of micro fuel cells (hydrogen & methanol)
  • Particle-Image-Velocimetry-System (125mJ Nd:YAG double pulse laser, CCD-cameras, High-Speed-camera, Scheimpflug mount; LaVision GmbH)
  • Micro-Particle-Image-Velocimetry-System (2x10mJ Double Cavity High-Speed laser, inverted epifluorescent mikroskope, CCD-camera; LaVision GmbH)

CFD simulation equipment

  • different workstations (up to 64 GB RAM and 12 cores)
  • software packages: AVL FIRE (incl. Fuel Cell Module), ESI CFD ACE+ (incl. Fuel Cell Module), OpenFOAM
Last update:  18.03.2019