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Wolfgang Polifke

  • PhD
  • Professor
  • Technical University of Munich Faculty of Engineering
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The main research areas of the Professorship of Thermo-Fluid Dynamics from Prof. Polifke (b. 1962) are thermo-acoustic (combustion) instabilities, aeroacoustics as well as mixing and reaction in turbulent flows. Prof. Polifke studied physics at the University of Regensburg, the University of Colorado in Boulder and the City University of New York (1981-87). He acquired his doctoral degree at the City University of New York (1990). His doctoral thesis dealt with the helicity of turbulent flows. After that, he spent almost ten years at ABB’s research center in Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland working on the principals of combustion technology. In 1999, Prof. Polifke was appointed professor at TUM. Since 2016, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Int'l Journal of Spray and Combustion Dynamics (SAGE)

Co-authors (179)

Publications (5)

  • Stability limits and non-linear characteristics of a self-excited combustion instability

    • Müller R
    • Hermann J
    • Polifke W
  • Implementation of the thickened flame model for large Eddy simulation of turbulent premixed combustion in a commercial solver

    • Durand L
    • Polifke W
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  • A model for the thermoacoustic response of a premixed swirl burner, part I: Acoustic aspects

    • Lawn C
    • Evesque S
    • Polifke W
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  • Acoustic transfer matrix reconstruction and analysis for ducts with sudden change of area

    • Gentemann A
    • Fischer A
    • Evesque S
    • et al.
  • An efficient computational model for premixed turbulent combustion at high reynolds numbers based on a turbulent flame speed closure

    • Zimont V
    • Polifke W
    • Bettelini M
    • et al.

Professional experience


Technical University of Munich Faculty of Engineering

January 1999 - Present

Group Leader Fundamentals of Combustion Technology

ABB Corporate Research Center Switzerland

July 1990 - July 1999(9 years)

Education history


Graduate Center, The City University of New York

September 1985 - May 1990(5 years)


Universitat Regensburg

November 1981 - July 1985(4 years)


University of Colorado at Boulder

September 1983 - June 1984(9 months)