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Prof. Dr. Hans-Jakob Kaltenbach

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research interests of Professor Kaltenbach (b. 1961) cover methods for active and passive flow control that are geared towards improving the properties of technical systems in transportation, energy conversion and process technology with respect to safety, efficiency and their impact on the environment. High-resolution numerical approaches such as DNS and LES and wind tunnel experiments are used for flow analysis, identification of aeroacoustic noise sources and the prediction of sound.

Professor Kaltenbach studied at the University of Karlsruhe and TUM where he obtained a first degree in process engineering. After receiving a doctoral degree in 1992 with a thesis on atmospheric physics he spent three years as a research fellow at the Center for Turbulence Research of Stanford University. Until 2004 he worked as a research assistant at TU Berlin as a member of a research team focusing on flow control. Before joining TUM in 2011 he held positions in the R&D departments of companies operating in the transportation and process engineering industries.


  • Promotions-Stipendium der Volkswagenstiftung (1990-1992)

Key Publications (all publications)

Jürgens W, Kaltenbach HJ: “The effect of sweep on the forced transitional flow over a backward-facing step”. Computers and Fluids. 2012; 59: 1-10.

Kaltenbach HJ: “A priori testing of wall models for separated flows”. Physics of Fluids. 2003; 15(10): 3048-3064.

Kaltenbach HJ: “The effect of sweep-angle variation on the turbulence structure in a separated, three-dimensional flow”. Theor. Comput. Fluid Dyn. 2003; 16(3): 187-210.

Kaltenbach HJ, Fatica M, Mittal R, Lund TS, Moin P: “Study of flow in a planar asymmetric diffuser using large eddy simulation”. J. Fluid Mech. 1999; 390:  151-185.

Kaltenbach HJ, Gerz T, Schumann U: “Large-eddy simulation of homogeneous turbulence and diffusion in stably stratified shear flow”. J. Fluid Mech. 1994; 280: 1-40.