Center of Smart Interfaces – Research Areas

Center of Smart Interfaces (CSI)

Understanding and Designing Fluid Boundaries



  • 2014/08/01

    CSI Papers of the Month July 2014

    The following CSI publications are published CSI Papers of the Month July 2014. Congratulations to the authors. go

  • 2014/08/01

    Single coherent vortical structure (hairpin) generated by turbulence in the near-wall region.

    CSI Calendar Image August 2014

    This month's calendar image was produced by Victor Avsarkisov (FDY) and shows a single coherent vortical structure (hairpin) generated by turbulence in the near-wall region. The red thin arrows represent the instantaneous velocity field, green thick arrows the instantaneous vorticity field. go

  • 2014/07/29

    Heisenberg Fellowship for Sven Grundmann

    Head of Research Group Drag and Circulation Control is granted a Heisenberg Fellowship by the DFG

    Dr.-Ing. Sven Grundmann, head of research group Drag and Circulation Control at the CSI, has been granted a Heisenberg Fellowship by the German Research Foundation (DFG). He is thus provided with the opportunity to prepare for a leading position in science and research and to use the time to work on advanced research topics. go

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DFG Cluster of Excellence 259 “Smart Interfaces”

The Cluster of Excellence “Smart Interfaces – Understanding and Designing Fluid Boundaries” has been founded in November 2007 at the Technische Universität Darmstadt as part of the Excellence Initiative of the federal government of Germany.

Since Novmeber 2012 the Cluster of Excellence 259 receives completion funding by the DFG which will end as of October 31, 2014. To continue the scientific programme of the Center of Smart Interfaces new collaborative research activities have been established and are currently initiated (e.g. Collaborative Research Centres). Starting November 2014 the Center of Smart Interfaces will merge with the TU Research Cluster Thermo-Fluids and Combustion Engineering (TFCE) which will be renamed “Center of Smart Interfaces – TFCE”.

Further information and a relaunch of the CSI website will follow in late September 2014.

Smart Interfaces: fluid-solid boundary interfaces that have been designed or built for achieving a specific purpose, such as enhancement or controllability of mass, momentum or heat transfer

The major research goals of this Cluster encompass the understanding, design, development and application of Smart Interfaces, in particular in the physical and engineering sciences. The research, teaching and exchange activities of the Cluster will be undertaken at the Center of Smart Interfaces (CSI). A major goal of the CSI is to facilitate communication and exchange of knowledge among the key disciplines involved, not just at the TU Darmstadt, but on an international scale, in order to promote top-level research, international competitiveness and excellent training facilities for young researchers.The Center of Smart Interfaces focuses on phase interfaces at which fluidic phases (gas and/or liquid) interact with a solid surface. Such fluid-solid interfaces and the associated interfacial phenomena are ubiquitous in our daily lives and represent key technologies in many established and emerging fields. Five interrelated Research Areas form the Cluster in which high potential for innovation and promise for technology transfer to industrial applications can be recognized:

  • Static and Dynamic Wettability,
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement,
  • Near-Wall Reactive Flows,
  • Near-Wall Multiphase Flows
  • Drag and Circulation Control.

“Computational Microscopy”

How does research look like at the CSI?

In order to deliver insights into our diverse research areas, the second research movie of the Center of Smart Interfaces after “The optically accessible Engine” has been produced.

How do scientists from different research groups work together at the CSI? With which questions do they deal with and which methods are applied?

With “Computational Microscopy” fields of research of the Institute Computational Physical Chemistry (CPC) of Prof. Dr. Nico van der Vegt and of the Group Experimental Interface Physics (EIP) of Dr. rer. nat. Elmar Bonaccurso are being introduced as an example.

S. Eisenhuth