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Case Studies Scientific Computing (MA4306)

Modern numerical methods (e.g. methods for solving ordinary and partial differential equations, methods for the iterative solution of large linear systems and inverse problems, approximation methods for scattered date, uncertainty quantification ...) are applied to application problems. These problems are obtained from other faculties, from external research institutes or from industry. The complete solution chain has to be carried out (modelling, analysis, solution, presentation).

Lecture Prof. Dr. Rainer Callies, Dr. Tobias Köppl
Question time by arrangement (Email)
Supervision Prof. Dr. Rainer Callies
Dr. Tobias Köppl
Fabian Wagner
Requirements Basic courses on numerical mathematics:
MA1304 Introduction to Numerical Linear Algebra
MA2304 Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations
MA3303 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations
Credits 6 ECTS
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Basic Concept

Students participating in this module will work on a practical problem in small groups under the supervision of the lecturers. The project work typically starts with the discussion of the problem setup, an analysis of the important problem characteristics and a subsequent formulation as a mathematical model. During this phase, the students also present their challenges to a non-scientific audience, usually in the form of a poster presentation. They discuss their poster ideas with the supervisors and receive peer-feedback on their presentations. The participants then research suitable solution algorithms and receive lectures on additional skills where necessary. They discuss their solution approaches with the project supervisors and refine and implement the chosen algorithms. They assess and discuss their solutions and the practical properties of their algorithm with the supervisors and implement necessary modifications or enhancements and / or contrast the properties of different solution approaches with respect to the underlying application. During the project work the students discuss their progress with their supervisors from mathematics and from the field of application on a regular basis and give intermediate presentations of their problem, its characteristics and their solution approaches to the other participants. At the end, the results are presented in the form of conference talks to a scientific audience.


The final grade is composed of the following subtasks:


Project 1: Cashflow analysis of windparks (Prof. Dr. Ullmann, Wagner)

Cashflow analysis is a key element to evaluate the long-term profitability of windpark projects which serves as a decision-making basis for public, private or institutional investors. Beyond static windpark parameters and weather forecasts, cashflow analysis for windpark projects requires a long-term forecast of electricity prices, since the underlying investment period for windparks easily reaches 25 years and more. Complex and computationally intense fundamental energy models are able to forecast electricity prices on hourly resolution even beyond an investment period of 25 years. The goal is to perform a discounted cashflow analysis based on the forecasted electricity prices from a fundamental energy model from Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung, static windpark parameters, weather forecasts and initial investment costs for building the windpark. Key variables like wind forecast must be modelled using statistical distributions to obtain more realistic profitability values for the windpark.

Major tasks of the project are as follows:

This project topic is a collaboration together with the consultancy company FORRS, Pfeil. Experts from FORRS will meet you and provide relevant expertise upfront. During the period of the seminar, they will assist you in practical questions and keep updated with you.

Project 2: Calibration of multi-hole probes (Dr. Köppl)

In order to enable safe operation of ships and planes, it is necessary to have an accurate knowledge on flows around them. In case of planes, probes are placed at certain distances on their wings. These probes contain several sensors that measure static and dynamic pressures as well as velocities and angles of attack. An accurate measurement of these units is achieved by calibrating each probe before it is used. The necessity for this arises from the fact that the dependence of the measured pressures on the angle of attack varies from probe to probe. This is mainly due to the manufacturing tolerances. The goal of this project is to understand and program calibration algorithms for multi-hole probes.

The subtasks of this project read as follows:

This project is supported by the company Vectoflow GmbH. Vectoflow provides measurements taken in wind tunnels. These measurements should be used to test the MATLAB/C++ programms mentioned above. Furthermore, you are assisted by vectoflow to get a better understanding of the different issues related to the project.

Contact: Vectoflow GmbH, Friedrichshafener Straße 1, 82205 Gilching, Pfeil.

Project 3: Simulation of heat transfer in a concentrated solar powerplant (Dr. Köppl)

The use of solar energy plays a major role in the generation of renewable and sustainable energy. One way of harnessing solar energy is to build concentrated solar powerplants. Thereby, mirrors or lenses are used to concentrate a large area of sunlight, onto a small tube located in the focal point of the mirrors or lenses. The tube is filled with a fluid consisting mostly of saltwater. At the inlet the fluid enters with a low temperature which is heated as long as the tube is irradiated. After heating the fluid, the stored thermal energy can be used to produce electricity or it can be directly used for the production of chemical products. The propagation of heat within the tube is governed by the heat transfer equation. This equation consists of a time derivative, a convective term governed by the fluid velocity, a diffusive term as well as a possible source term. In order to determine the fluid velocity, a flow model like the Navier-Stokes equations can be considered.

The subtasks of this project read as follows:

Project 4: Fast driving subject to safety restrictions (Prof. Dr. Callies)


Registration for this course is mandatory and has to be done before the deadline: 21st October 2019.
The registration is done by email to providing the following information:

Please note that there is only a limited number of places for this module, since for each project we can only accept up to three students. The application process for this module starts after the preliminary meeting.

Preliminary Meeting

The first meeting takes place on 7th August 2019 from 11:00 am to 11:45 am in room MI 03.06.011.
The topics of this meeting are

-- TobiasKoeppl - 29 Jul 2019