Postponed: Symposium on Thermoacoustics in Combustion: Industry meets Academia

Due to the fact that all major events are prohibited in Bavaria until at least October because of Covid-19, the SoTiC symposium will be postponed by one year to September 2021.
For further information please visit the homepage of SoTiC


WHEN: Monday September 14th – Thursday September 17th, 2020 (SAVE THE DATE)

WHERE: Technische Universität München (TUM), Campus Garching

WHAT: A four day scientific meeting on thermoacoustic oscillations in gas turbines, rocket engines, boilers, and heating systems will be held in September 2020 at the Garching campus of Technische Universität München (TUM). This symposium will be hosted by Dr.-Ing. Mirko Bothien, Rudolf Diesel Fellow Institute for Advanced Study[1] from Ansaldo Energia[2], Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Sattelmayer, Thermodynamics Institute TUM[3] and Dr. Luca Magri, Hans Fischer Fellow Institute for Advanced Study and Lecturer at University of Cambridge[4]. The organization of the event is supported by the EU Horizon2020 International Training Networks MAGISTER[5] and ANNULIGhT[6].

Although understanding and avoiding of thermoacoustic instabilities is of equally outstanding relevance in the design of gas turbine combustors as well as rocket engines, two almost separate research networks have evolved around these two industries. Both have developed their respective research strategies and methodologies. A first step to bring together the two research branches was successfully undertaken with the 2016 Symposium at TUM. In order to further stimulate the exploitation of potential synergies, the 2020 Symposium again attempts to provide a forum for specialists from all related industries and their academic counterparts.

Anticipated benefits are discussions on and exchanges of practical experiences, experimental and analytical methods, physical interpretations, and future visions in the field of combustion dynamics. Invited speakers from both industry and research groups will present their specific views on key topics of current thermoacoustic research. Topics to be covered:

  • Physical Mechanisms
  • Nonlinear Phenomena
  • Pressure and Fuel Effects
  • Generation, Propagation and Damping of Perturbations
  • Dynamics of Spray and Autoignition Flames
  • Flame Response
  • Transverse Modes
  • Tools Development
  • Machine Learning
  • Analysis and Control of Instabilities
  • Stability Analysis
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Annular and Can-Annular Systems

The symposium’s framework is planned to consist of four days with scientific presentations given in two parallel sessions. Each session slot will be preceded by a 45 min invited talk from an expert from industry or academia. In addition to the paper presentations, research results can also be presented in poster sessions.

Selected papers presented at the symposium will be published in a special issue of the International Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics after peer review.


Mirko Bothien, Institute for Advanced Study TUM, Ansaldo Energia Switzerland

Luca Magri, Institute for Advanced Study TUM, University of Cambridge

Thomas Sattelmayer, Thermodynamics Institute, TUM

Wolfgang Polifke, Associate Professorship of Thermo-Fluid Dynamics, TUM

James Dawson, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU

Jim Kok, Department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering, University of Twente