Martin Grabe

M. Grabe

Martin Grabe is heading the Rarefied Flows group in the Spacecraft Department of the Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Göttingen. He was born in Dresden, Germany, where he studied Mechanical Engineering and specialized in Aerospace Engineering. After graduating from the Technical University Dresden in 2008, he joined the scientific staff of DLR to develop the numerical and experimental capacity of the department in the field of Rarefied Gas Dynamics. Dr. Grabe received his doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.) from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, in 2017.

His particular interest lies with orbital thruster plume expansion and impingement, aiming to support spacecraft and space mission designs with scientifically sound models for contamination and molecular transport. To this end, Dr. Grabe is responsible for DLR’s High-Vacuum Plume Test Facility (STG-CT) with its subsidiary vacuum chambers, and for the development of appropriate software to model the rarefied flow in and about engineering-scale configurations.

RGD Interests

  • Jets and Plumes
  • Experimental Techniques for Non-equilibrium Flows
  • Vacuum Technology
  • DSMC and Related Simulations
  • Numerical Methods for Kinetic Equations
  • High-performance Computing in RGD
  • Space Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Multiscale Modelling
  • Non-equilibrium Reacting Flows