LFPB - Facilities

Göttingen High Turbulence Facility (GTF)

The GTF comprises three facilities that are all at the same location, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Am Fassberg 17, 37077 Goettingen, Germany

The Max Planck Society has established the Göttingen High-Turbulence Facilities (GTF) at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. The GTF is equipped with the most advanced measurement technologies. The GTF has become fully operational in February 2008 after 5 years of planning, design, and construction. The investment was 5 Mio € for the experimental hall including offices, 3 Mio € for the experimental facilities, and 2 Mio € for measurement equipment, totalling a 10 Mio € investment into turbulence research.

The facilities are housed in a newly constructes experimental hall that is vibration isolated and temperature stabilized. Safety control systems are installed to support daily use of pressurized gases and high-power lasers. High bandwidth fibre optics links the facilities to a 288-processor data analysis cluster. A 36m2 class 1000 clean room is available for micro fabrication of sensors. The institute installed a gas liquefaction system in a separate building, where 13 tons of SF6 gas are stored. The operational pressure of the system ranges from 1mbar to 19bar.

Services currently offered by the infrastructure:

We offer in situ research with a direct access to the facility, where the users come in person and conduct research at our facilities. To these researchers we offer practical guidance as well as assistance from our scientific and/or technical staff, which is necessary due to the high complexity of the facilities. Throughout the project, the users will work with the facility lead scientist and supervisor, the facility engineer, the manager of the computational support, the facility technician and the workshops of the institute. The local expertise will help users in the management of their data and the provision of the analysis tools on the local and EuHIT computing infrastructures.

The users will be working in a very stimulating research environment. MPI-DS has more than 100 scientific employees with approximately one-third of of them working on turbulence and related fields. Another Max Planck Institute, MPI Biophysical Chemistry, is located on the same campus, which is only 500 m from the Univerisity of Göttingen, and the German Aerospace Center is just a little further away. The MPI campus houses several lecture halls and seminar rooms, a cafeteria, and a well-equipped library.

During their stay at the facility, the user groups can use the MPI-DS guesthouses in the city centre with guest rooms and guest apartments. in addition, the guesthouses of the MPI-NAT which are within 50m of GTF, can also be used.

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