Data Analysis and Modeling of Turbulent Flows
© DMF Group
The research mission

Our aim is to understand the physics of fluid dynamical problems, which represent a bottleneck in modern energy generating and propulsion systems (e.g. gas turbines, domestic boilers, rocket engines). Our research is based on high-fidelity numerical simulations of both fundamental and applied configurations. Based on the data, we derive models that break down the essential physics by theoretical or data-driven approaches.


  • 02.02.2023
    Dr. Pradip Xavier (Coria Rouen) will be at TU Berlin for a short research stay (20.02. - 24.02.). He is an expert in the field of laser diagnostics for reactive flows. Feel free to meet him in the VWS building !
  • 04.01.2023
    Welcome to MSc. Maria Kuznetsova ! She obtained a BIMoS PhD fellowship for 3 years on "Simulation-driven Design of Acoustic Metamaterials for Combustion Applications". In this project, we will work together with TU Berlin Profs. Völlmecke, Sarradj and Mehrmann.
  • 22.11.2022
    The European Research Council awarded Abdulla with an ERC Starting Grant. The project "Taming Combustion Instabilities by Design Principles (TACOS)" is granted with €1.5 Million for 5 years.
  • 17.10.2022
    Abdulla presented current research of the group at the DLR in Cottbus.
  • 09.10.2022
    Three of our group papers are available online now. Check our publication list for the links. 
  • 01.10.2022
    Welcome to MSc. Paul Porath ! Together with Siemens Energy, we will focus on a new generation of H2 combustors.
  • 20.07.2022
    Congratulations to Mario and Vikas, who presented their PhD work during the 39th International Symposium on Combustion in Vancouver/Canada. This is the most prestegious conference in our research field: only 35% of the submitted papers are accepted after a peer-review process. Marios and Vikas' papers are accepted for the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute and will appear soon.
  • 29.06.2022
    Abdulla was invited by Frau Dr. Sonja Schmelter from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) to present the current work of the DMF group with the title "Machine Leaning meets High-fidelity numerical combustion simulations".
  • 17.06.2022
    The first conference in person after the pandemic situation for us, where Abdulla presented his work in collaboration with Dr. Alp Albayrak. The paper entitled "From Pressure Time Series Data to Flame Transfer Functions: A Framework for Perfectly-premixed Swirling Flames" was well received by our colleagues and is accepted for the Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power.
  • 24.05.2022
    Within the HYBURN workshop organized by Isaac Boxx, Abdulla presented the collaborative work entitled "Pressure time series – A valuable data set for flame dynamics modeling".
  • 28.04.2022
    The DMF group hosted 13 participants of the Girl’s Day 2022 at TU Berlin. Within our workshop ‚Clean Energy Generation‘, we discussed problems in energy generation and the link to combustion science. Additionally, we prepared around 10 experiments with candle flames, with which the participants could learn ‚hands-on‘ about flammability limits, emissions, ignition etc. We enjoyed the questions, the discussions and their curiosity about this topic and hope to have sparked some deep interest in this field.
  • 08.04.2022:
    The papers of Mario and Vikas got accepted for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion! We are looking forward to seeing our colleagues and friends in Vancouver !
  • 05.04.2022:
    Abdulla presented the plenary talk on "Machine Learning in Chemically Reacting Flows: Trends and Perspectives" in Heidelberg. Thanks to Prof. Eva Gutheil for the invitation and the organisation of this event.
  • 04.04.2022:
    Welcome to Alexandre Bezerra from the École polytechnique Paris, who will be a research intern for 6 months in our group.
  • 15.03.2022:
    Our paper "From Pressure Time Series Data to Flame Transfer Functions: A Framework for Perfectly-premixed Swirling Flames" was accepted for the ASME Turbo Expo Conference 2022 in Rotterdam.
  • 29.09.2021:
    Abdulla presented at the 30. Deutscher Flammentag (online meeting) and chaired the "Combustion in Gas Turbine" session.
  • 08.09.2021:
    Mario and Vikas presented their papers on the "SoTiC 2021 – Symposium on Thermoacoustics in Combustion: Industry meets Academia" conference.
  • 26.04.2021:
    Our latest paper with the title "An exceptional point switches stability of a thermoacoustic experiment" is accepted for publication in the Journal of Fluid Mechanics.
  • 09.04.2021:
    Our project is accepted for the first X-Student Research Group organized by the Berlin Univerity Alliance. Students interested in research are welcome to participate at the first online meeting on Thursday, 15.04.21 at 9h. Please send us an email for registration. More infos here !
  • 31.03.2021:
    Our colloquium on "Data-Driven Methods in Engineering Science" started for this semester. Please check the course webpage for more dates.
  • 22.01.2021:
    We offer a new MINTgrün course and a colloquium on "Data-Driven Methods in Engineering Science" for SoSe 2021. Please go to the teaching section for more information.
  • 20.01.2021:
    Notification on courses  for WiSe 20/21 online now ! Please check out the teaching section.
  • 11.01.2021:
    Welcome to MSc. Mario Casel and MSc. Vikas Yadav to the DMF group.
  • 20.21.2020:
    The paper "Data-Driven Identification of Nonlinear Flame Models" is available online now.
  • 20.08.2020:
    We have several exciting Master thesis topics available on numerical simulations, theoretical and/or data-driven approaches using machine learning. Contact us if you are interested !
  • 14.06.2020:
    Our paper "Control of intrinsic thermoacoustic instabilities using hydrogen fuel" is accepted for the upcoming Combustion Symposium.

Upcoming Events

The block courses "OpenFoam for Combustion Simulations" and "Machine Learning in Fluid Dynamic" will be held from 21.03. - 27.03. and 28.03. - 03.03.2023, respectively.


Head of the group

Prof. Dr.

Abdulla Ghani


Building VWS
Room VWS 111