Dominik James M.Sc.

Professur für Aerothermodynamik (Prof. Mundt)
Building 33/400, Room 3412
+49 89 6004-2104

Dominik James M.Sc.


Our research focuses on the simulation of high-enthalpy flows such as the atmospheric reentry of a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV). The research is conducted in close collaboration with IABG mbH, a German engineering firm in the automotive, aerospace, defense and security sector.

Our aim is to develop, implement, and use computational fluid mechanics tools to estimate aerothermodynamic loads on a HGV. Lift and drag coefficients are needed to analyze performance characteristics of HGVs. Surface heat flux is important for determining possible designs and trajectories. Surface temperature can be used to estimate an IR signature, and radiation calculations in the gas phase can improve this estimation.

In 2022, we have generated equilibrium solutions for a generic 3D hypersonic glide vehicle at various inflow conditions and angles of attack. In addition, radiation calculations for the FIRE II capsule have been completed. In 2023 we presented first results of thermo-chemical nonequilibrium solutions.

Generic HGV Geometry Comparison of 0 and 20 degree angle of attack - temperature profile with streamlines and Mach lines Radiation heat flux of FIRE II
GenericHGV_9900px.png Comparison_0_and_20_deg_front_view.png Radiation heat flux FIRE II

Tools and Methods


  • Coupled second-order boundary-layer/ Euler method written in Fortran
  • Can do 2D and 3D
  • Perfect gas; equilibrium gas; 5-species 17-reaction (Park 1985) chemical nonequilibrium gas; or 2-temperature thermo-chemical nonequilibrium gas
  • Automatic mesh generation for flow field from given surface mesh of an object
  • Automatic bow shock-fitting, conditions after shock are compute with Rankine-Hugoniot equations
  • Explicit 2nd-order Runge-Kutta time integration in Euler method
  • Explicit 3rd-order upwind-biased spatial discretization with flux vector splitting (finite difference method) in Euler method
  • Transformation onto curvilinear coordinate system for computation
  • Laminar and turbulent flows with predefined transition location in boundary layer
  • Photon Monte-Carlo Method for radiation computation in the flow field (STARAD)
  • Due to the numerical efficiency (short run times) very suitable to analyze envelopes or do design work
  • Validated on publicly available data on civilian applications (FIRE II, quarter-inch sphere, ...)

Hyperparameter Optimization: Bayesian optimization algorithm to optimize film cooling trench designs in collaboration with Lukas Fischer. Here is a link to our paper in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.

Software: Tecplot, ICEM, Git, CATIA, ParaView, Slurm, Visual Studio, Eclipse, Anaconda, GIMP and more.

Languages: Mostly Fortran, Python, and MATLAB.

Current Work

Implementation of thermal nonequilibrium into KEGS. Radiation calculations of the flow field. Mesh and convergence study. Validation of code.


  • D. James, Ch. Mundt; "Radiation Computations and Ionisation Effects for Hypersonic Flow in Thermo-Chemical Nonequilibrium"; HiSST 2024 3rd International Conference on High-Speed Vehicle Science and Technology; Busan, Korea; 2024. (abstract accepted)
  • D. James, Ch. Mundt; "Aerodynamic Loads of Thermo-Chemical Nonequilibrium Hypersonic Flow Around a Generic HGV"; 3AF IAMD15 international conference on Integrated Air and Missile Defence; Porto, Portugal; 2023.
  • Ch. Mundt, D. James; "Photon Monte Carlo Transport Computation For Atmospheric (Re-)Entry"; RHTG 9 workshop; Santa Maria, Azores, Portugal; 2022.
  • D. Hauger, Ch . Mundt; "Studie über aerothermodynamische Lasten eines hypersonischen Gleiters"; Angewandte Forschung für Verteidigung und Sicherheit in Deutschland conference of DWT; Bonn, Germany; 2022.
  • D. Hauger, J. Bonin, Ch. Mundt; "A Study of Aerothermodynamic Loads on Hypersonic Glide Vehicles"; 3AF IAMD14 international conference on Integrated Air and Missile Defence; Nice, France, (online); 2021.


Teaching and Students

Teaching: Winter trimester 2023 & 2024 --- Übung zu Nichtgleichgewichtsthermodynamik

Topics for theses and student projects: Numerical simulation (CFD) of high-enthalpy flows, such as atmospheric reentry. Reach out to me by email! If this topic isn't for you but you are generally interested in our institute check out current openings, or contact Colum Walter.


Dominik Tobias James, formerly Hauger, is a doctoral research assistant of Prof. Mundt at the Institute of Thermodynamics, Bundeswehr University Munich. His research focuses on the simulation of high-enthalpy flows such as the atmospheric reentry of a hypersonic vehicle.

He completed his B.Sc. in aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart in 2016. In the same year he joined Purdue University as a Fulbright scholar. In 2018, he received his M.Sc. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, with a minor in Computational Science and Engineering. He then worked for two years on machine learning applied to CFD in the Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer Lab of Prof. Shih.

You can find more information on LinkedIn.