DiMIce – Thesis Proposals and Student Research Projects


DiMIce-LogoWithin the project DiMIce – Directional Melting in Ice, we develop numerical methods to support terrestrial and extraterrestrial ice exploration missions and implement these methods into computational models. Our major objective is to compute the motion of maneuverable ice exploration technologies based on environmental conditions and system configurations, as well as to compute the thermal state of the ambient cryo-environment.

Our project team located at AICES has a lot of interesting student research projects to offer. Depending on the student’s background and preferences these can either have a methodological focus, for example while implementing model extensions into the FE library dealii and the FV library OpenFOAM, or while implementing parallelization strategies. Alternatively, the student projects can address application oriented questions, such as: What is the better of two alternative melting head designs? Or: What is the lifecycle of an artificial┬ámelting channel in glacier ice?

In order to address and answer these questions we are always looking for interested students, either to write their Bachelor- or Master thesis with us, or as student research assistants. Specific open proposals are:

1) sIM-CoMet – A fast and embeddable tool to compute the dynamics of the IceMole melting probe (PDF)
2) OptiMelt – Optimal melting head design for vertically stable melting probes
3) Crack and channel evolution – Modeling the refreezing of natural cracks and artificial melting channels in glaciers

If you are interested in one of the above listed topics, or just like our project and want to join our team, please get in touch with Julia Kowalski (kowalski@aices.rwth-aachen.de).

Studiengang: Mathematics / Computational Engineering Science / Applied Geosciences