Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas F. Sattelmayer



Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Sattelmayer (b. 1955) explores the thermo-fluid dynamics of reactive systems in connection with power engineering/environmental technology issues and drive engineering. He also researches transport phenomena in single and multi-phase flows.

Prof. Sattelmayer studied at the University of Karlsruhe and did his doctorate there under Prof. S. Wittig (1985). He joined the BBC Corporate Research Center in Dättwil, Switzerland, in 1986. His positions there were project leader for gas turbine combustion (1988), group leader for combustion and heat transmission (1990) and head of the aero- and thermodynamics department (1992). Prof. Sattelmayer was appointed to the Chair of Thermodynamics in 1997 and has been its Director until his retirement in 2021. Prof. Sattelmayer was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of ASME. He was also spokesman of the KW21 (power plants for the 21st century) research initiative for Bavaria. He has authored more than 600 scientific publications and holds approximately 40 patents. He has supervised nearly 150 doctoral students of the TUM since 1997.


    • Industrial Gas Turbine Technology Award, International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) (2020)
    • GPPS Innovation Award, Global Power & Propulsion Society (GPPS) (2017)
    • Gas Turbine Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2011)
    • Gas Turbine Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2002)
    • John P. Davis Award, International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) (1990)

    Eichler C, Baumgartner G, Sattelmayer T: „Experimental investigation of turbulent boundary layer flashback limits for premixed hydrogen-air flames confined in ducts“. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. 2012; 134(1): 011502.


    Lauer M, Sattelmayer T: "On the adequacy of chemiluminescence as a measure for heat release in turbulent flames with mixture gradients". Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. 2010; 132(6): 061502/1-8.


    Fanaca D, Alemela PR, Hirsch C, Sattelmayer T: „Comparison of the flow field of a swirl stabilized premixed burner in an annular and a single burner combustion chamber”. Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. 2010; 132(7): 071502


    Konle M, Kiesewetter F, Sattelmayer T: „Simultaneous high repetition rate PIV-LIF-measurements of CIVB driven flashback“. Experiments in Fluids. 2008; 44(4): 529-538.


    Hirsch C, Wäsle J, Winkler A, Sattelmayer T: „A spectral model for the sound pressure from turbulent premixed combustion”. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute. 2007; 31(1): 1435-1441.