Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) is a non-profit scientific organization and a member of the German “Helmholtz Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren”. The staff consists of approximately 1000 employees, the annual budget amounts to about 100 Mio EURO. The research topics of HZDR, both basic and application oriented research, cover essential problems of our time: Energy, health, and matter.
The Institute of Fluid Dynamics (IFD) performs research mainly in the fields of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) and multi-phase flows. The MHD department works numerically and experimentally on liquid metal flows and its contact-less control by external magnetic fields, with applications in crystal growth processes and metallurgy. A major support for those MHD studies comes from the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 609 funded by “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” from 2002 to 2012. Combined systems of steady and alternating magnetic fields have been developed and transferred into industrial use. In the case of crystal growth a liquid metal model experiment has been set up, which allows studying the complex flow in Czochralski pullers with independently rotatable crucible and crystal. Particular capabilities exist on measuring techniques for liquid metal flows. HZDR was the chair of the leading conference “EPM 2009” (Electromagnetic Processing of Materials) on applied MHD in October 2009 in Dresden.
IFD is the coordinator of the Helmholtz Research Alliance Liquid Metal Technologies (LIMTECH) and of the European project SIKELOR (Silicon kerf-loss recycling).
- Gunter Gerbeth
- Sven Eckert