Boosting the Modern Energy Landscape via Turbo Machines & Machine Learning

  • Typ: Vorlesung (V)
  • Semester: WS 23/24
  • Ort:

    30.41 FSM - CIP-Pool (Raum 132)

  • Zeit:


    11:30 - 13:00, wöchentlich

  • Beginn: 26.10.2023
  • Dozent:

    Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Jörg Bauer

    Dr. Cihan Ates

  • SWS: 2
  • ECTS: 4
  • LVNr.: 2169558
  • Hinweis:

    Vorlesung in englischer Sprache

    Number of participants is limited. For more details, please refer to the "Registration" section below.



    Dogan Bicat, M.Sc.

    Joel Arweiler, M.Sc.

Goals and Content

This lecture provides a comprehensive exploration of how small radial flow turbo machines contribute to the modern energy landscape. A typical application of such machines are pressurized fuel cells used as drive train for cars and trucks. From understanding the thermodynamics and flow characteristics of centrifugal compressors and centripetal turbines to practical experiments and the integration of machine learning techniques, students will gain a holistic understanding of the potential of turbo machines for energy conversion efficiency, emissions reduction, and performance optimization. The lecture further provides a hands on sample application of machine learning, with a specific focus on its pivotal role in developing digital twins that utilize sensory data.

During an integrated lab course, learned theoretical A.I. frameworks are applied to a turbo machine test rig for the accurate prediction of the operation and proactive prevention of surge and stall. By engaging in these experimental lab, students explore how sensory data can be leveraged to monitor and optimize the performance of centrifugal compressors. By combining theory and practical lab experience, this course equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to leverage turbomachinery technology in shaping a sustainable and efficient future energy ecosystem.

The lecture features a distinctive structure consisting of three interconnected layers:

  1. Fundamental Learning: This initial phase takes place in a traditional classroom setting where students establish a solid understanding of the subject matter.
  2. Hands-On Practical Application: Students then transition to two dedicated laboratory sessions where they apply the acquired knowledge using real-life equipment, gaining valuable hands-on experience.
  3. Data Analysis and Interpretation: Following the practical sessions, the lecture moves into two virtual laboratory sessions focused on data-driven techniques. Here, students analyze and interpret the data collected during the hands-on sessions, applying their newfound skills.

This unique approach endows the lecture with a marathon-like nature, requiring students to progress through these phases in sync with their peers. Collaboration is key, as lab sessions are conducted in groups, and students will consolidate and utilize data from all groups. Effective in-group and between-group communication becomes essential for the overall success of the learning experience.

The lecture duration is 21 hours, divided into theory and practical sessions.


Upon completing this lecture, students will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of radial flow turbo machinery technology and its significance in the modern energy landscape.
  • Learn the characteristics of centrifugal compressors and centripetal turbines and how they contribute to energy conversion efficiency, emissions reduction, and performance optimization.
  • Engage in practical experiments to explore compressor characteristics, radial flow compressors and turbines, and surge and stall phenomena in radial compressors.
  • Be introduced to machine learning principles and applications in turbomachinery technology.
  • Gain hands-on experience in building digital twins from sensory data to monitor and optimize centrifugal compressor performance.
  • Understand the importance of data-driven predictive maintenance and outlier detection in radial flow turbo machines.
  • Learn how to use machine learning techniques to predict and prevent surge and stall issues in centrifugal compressor applications.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to leverage turbomachinery technology in shaping a sustainable and efficient future energy ecosystem.


Number of participants are limited due to physical constraints of the integrated lab sessions. To enroll in the lecture, kindly complete the form below. Registration is open from 16.10.2023 (00:00:00) to 23.10.2023 (23:59:00) (Note: The registration period will be extended until 25.10.2023 (23:59:00)). Following the closure of the registration period, applicants will receive notifications regarding their selection, considering the limited number of available spots.

  • Only master level students can be admitted to the course.
  • Profound knowledge on thermodynamics and fluid mechanics is mandatory.
  • Basic knowledge in python is strongly recommended.
  • Machine and processes lecture is highly recommended before taking this course. 
  • We expect students to be interested in applying theoretical knowledge and translate it into real world experiments.
  • Lecture is offered in English.

The lecture is part of the "Research Infrastructures in Research-Oriented Teaching (RIRO)" initative at KIT.

Der Gültigkeitszeitraum für dieses Formular ist abgelaufen. (13.10.2023 00:00:00 - 25.10.2023 23:59:00)