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ITEP 03-21 Master Thesis: Identification of a real micro gas turbine based on Rowen´s model

Organizational unit

Institute for Technical Physics (ITEP)

Job description

The regulation of electric power utilities, advancement in technology, environmental concerns, and emerging power markets are leading to increased interconnection of distributed generators to the utility system. This is leading to the integration of a large number of distribution generation (DG) systems to utility network. Small DG systems based on micro turbine technology with a capacity smaller than 500 kW are gaining popularity among industry and utilities in the last few years due to their higher operating efficiencies, lower emission levels, and low initial cost. The micro turbine generation (MTG) systems are more reliable and lightweight, can operate with different fuels, and are proving to be a supplement to the traditional forms of power generation, whether it is stationary, mobile, remote, or interconnected with the utility applications.

The aim of the work is to validate the measurement values of our real micro gas turbine and the the simulated data form the Rowen model. Therefore, it is necessary to identify and extract the parameter which are used within the Rowen model and which are given from our real laboratory setup. To provide a better insight into the expected content of the Master thesis project, requirements and expectations are listed in the following:

  • Read literature and summarize the state-of-art approaches in particular for modelling for micro gas turbines.
  • Implement the Rowen model in a non-real-time simulation environment using MATLAB or MATLAB/Simulink.
  • Implement the same model in a real-time simulation environment such as RT-LAB or RTDS.
  • Validate the model with experimental results, using data provided by an operation of the real micro gas turbine.
  • Make a clear and comprehensive presentation and evaluation of the results. All results should be documented adequately.

Starting date

as soon as possible

Personal qualification

  • A background in mechanical & electrical engineering and is required for this project.
  • Experience in programing using MATLAB or simulations using MATLAB/Simulink is a plus.
  • Knowledge about thermal machine simulations is a plus.
  • Language: German or English
  • Due to the experimental nature of this work, attendance at our institute is required.

Contract duration

6 months

Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dustin Kottonau, e-mail:, Tel. 0721 608-26483.


Please send your application in electronic form to:

vacancy number: ITEP 03-21

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.