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Claus-Dieter Munz

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Former Deputy Director of the Institute and Head of the Department of Numerical Methods in Fluid Mechanics
Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics


+49 711 685 63433
+49 711 685 53402

Wankelstraße 3
70563 Stuttgart
Room: 1.031

Professor Munz and his group have been working for many years in the development of numerical methods for flow problems and wave propagation.
The current research objectives focus on the construction of high order schemes for several mathematical models in computational engineering. While for ordinary differential equations high order schemes are quite common there is still a lack of efficient methods for partial differential equations. In computational fluid dynamics (CFD) high order accuracy provides more efficient schemes that are capable of capturing small scale phenomena such as turbulent flow or boundary layers. So-called ADER (Arbitrary order using DERivatives) schemes have been developed in which
arbitrary order in space and time is achieved. This can be done within the usual finite volume framework. For the discretization of complex geometries the ADER approach has also been successfully extended to Discontinuous
Galerkin schemes resulting in methods that achieve high order in space and time on unstructured grids. The results are still highly accurate for heavily distorted grids. The above methods are currently applied to the simulation of
turbulent flow, noise generation and shock-boundary layer interaction. The ADER-DG (ADER – Discontinuous Galerkin) methods are currently developed for solving general two- and three-dimensional linear hyperbolic
systems with variable coefficients and source terms. For noise propagation in flow fields and to the near far field we develop numerical algorithms of high accuracy in space and time. These schemes are able to approximate acoustic
waves over long distances without significant dispersion and dissipation errors. The main applications are noise generation of flow in aerospace engineering, e.g., turbo machines or high lift devices for airfoils. The coupling
of flow with electro-magnetic wave propagation is also being considered for various applications. The high order methods are being applied to the nonstationary Maxwell equations as well as to the magneto hydrodynamic
equations. The mathematical and numerical modelling for the simulation of pulsed plasma thrusters for satellites is also under investigation. In this case, the medium can not longer considered as a continuum, i.e., a fluid. Particlein-
cell methods are under development which calculate the movement of macro particles in phase space, while the electromagnetic fields are approximated by finite volume schemes on a spatial grid. Several applications
of the methods mentioned above are still challenges in high performance computing. Research in this area is done in cooperation with the high performance computing center (HLRS) of Stuttgart University.

Heterogeneous domain decomposition methods for aeroacoustics
Numerical simulation and layout of pulsed magneto-plasmadynamic thrusters
for a lunar satellite

Aero-thermodynamic layout of a scram-jet propulsion system
Simulation of noise generation at high lift devices with high order accurate
numerical methods

Fluid-acoustic coupling and wave propagation
Organising and Scientific Committees (2002-2006)

Chairman and Organiser: International Workshop on Simulation and
Modelling of Fluid/Structure/Acoustic Interaction, Stuttgart, September 9 – 11,

Chairman and Organiser: International Conference on High Order Methods
for Wave Propagation, Theory and Applicaitons, Trento (Italy) April 4 – 6,

Chairman and Organiser: EUROMECH Colloquium no. 467 “Turbulent Flow
and Noise Generation”, Marseille (France), July 18 – 20, 2005

Chairman and Organiser: CEMRACS Summer School 2005 “Computational
Fluid Dynamics and Aeroacoustics”, Marseille (France), July 21 – August 27,

Scientific Committee: 7th International Conference on Computational Fluid
Dynamics (ICCFD), Gent (Belgium), July 2006.

  • 12. September 1954
    born in Pforzheim (Germany)

  • 1980
    Graduation in Mathematics at the University of Karlsruhe (Dipl.-Math.)

  • 1980 - 1983
    Research Associate at the Institute of Mathematics the University of Karlsruhe

  • July 1983
    Doctoral Degree (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Karlsruhe, thesis on numerical methods for hyperbolic conservation equations

  • 1983 - 1986
    Post-Doc within DFG-SPP “Finite Approximations in Fluid Mechanics” at the Institute of Mathematics the University of Karlsruhe

  • 1986 - 1989
    Researcher at the Institute of Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik of Research Center Karlsruhe (FZK), leader of the group “Scientific Computing”

  • 1989 - 1996
    Leader of the group “Scientific Computing” at the Institute of Neutronenphysik und Reaktortechnik of Research Center Karlsruhe (FZK), vice-head of department

  • 1989 - 1991
    Lecturer at University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe

  • November 1991
    Habilitation degree at the University of Karlsruhe, thesis on Godunov-type schemes for the fluid dynamics equations

  • since 1997
    Associate Professor (C3) at the Institute of Aerodynamics and Gas Dynamics (IAG) of the University of Stuttgart.

  • 2003
    State award for excellence in teaching for the lecture Numerical Gas Dynamics in combination with practical exercises, the Landeslehrpreis

Internal Positions

  • sds
    Dean of Studies (Studiendekan) of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
  • since 2002
    Member of executive committee of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering

External Positions

  • since 2002
    Coordinator of the German-French DFG-CNRS(FOR508) research group “Noise Generation in Turbulent Flow”
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