Prof. Dr. Nikolaus A. Adams

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research activities of Prof. Adams (b. 1963) focus on the development of numerical methods and the modeling and simulation of transitional and turbulent flows, fluid-structure interaction, microfluidics, and multi-phase flows. They also include experimental and numerical work in vehicle and aircraft aerodynamics and high-speed aerodynamics.

After completing his undergraduate education in Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Stuttgart, and receiving a doctorate in engineering from TUM (1993), Prof. Adams was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship of Stanford University and the NASA Ames Research Center. In 1999, Prof. Adams received his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) with ETH Zürich, where he continued his career as Senior Lecturer until 2002. He subsequently accepted the offer to join the faculty of TU Dresden as Full Professor of Fluid Mechanics and Magneto-fluid Dynamics. Since 2004, Prof. Adams has been Full Professor and Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics at TUM. He is speaker of the DFG SFB/TRR 40. He authored a monography on Large-Eddy Simulation and serves as Executive Editor of J. Comput. Phys.


  • Appointment as Honorary Professor with Tsinghua University in Beijing (2019) and as Consultant Professor with the Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an (2018)
  • ERC Advanced Grant NANOSHOCK (2015)
  • Gordon Bell Prize for Peak Performance (2013)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (APS) (2011)
  • Fellow, European Conference for AeroSpace Sciences (EUCASS) (2009)

Key Publications (alle Publikationen)

Grilli M, Schmid PJ, Hickel S, Adams NA: “Analysis of unsteady behaviour in shockwave turbulent boundary layer interaction”. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 2012; 700: 16-28. 


Sagaut P, Adams NA, Garnier E: Large-Eddy Simulation for Compressible Flows. Dordrecht: Springer Verlag, 2009.


Hu X, Adams NA: “A multi-phase SPH method for macroscopic and mesoscopic flows”. J. Comput. Phys. 2006; 213: 844-861.


Hickel S, Adams NA, Domaradzki JA: “An adaptive local deconvolution method for implicit LES”. J. Comput. Phys. 2006; 213: 413-436.


Adams NA: “Direct simulation of the turbulent boundary layer along a compression ramp at M=3 and Re=1685”. J. Fluid Mech. 2000; 420: 47-83.