Heinrich-Mandel Prize 2003

The trustees of the VGB-FORSCHUNGSSTIFTUNG awarded the Heinrich-Mandel Prize for Power Plant Technology 2003 to

  • Dr. Mathias Deckers , SIEMENS Power Generation, Mülheim an der Ruhr/Germany.

The 10,000 EUR award was handed over on the occasion of VGB Congress "Power Plants 2003" on September 15, 2003, in Copenhagen by the chairman of the VGB Board.


Gerd Jäger awards the Heinrich-Mandel Prize 2003 to Mathias Deckers

39 year-old Dr. Mathias Deckers, who did his PhD at Cambridge University, works for Siemens Power Generation in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The young engineer developed a new generation of highly efficient, threedimensionally designed blades for high pressure and medium pressure steam turbines, to be known as 3DSTM blading. This type of blade allows efficiency improvements of two percentage points compared with conventional blading. During the acceptance measurements of the lignite-fired 907 MW Boxberg power plant, turbine efficiencies of 94.2 % for the high pressure part turbine and 96.1 % for the medium pressure part turbine were measured.

Dr. Mathias Deckers was also a major factor in the development of blades for variable graduated reaction, known as the 3DVTM blades. This innovative blade technology not only allows a three-dimensional blade design, but also to set the level of reaction individually for each stage, which allows a further increase in the efficiency of the stages by up to one percentage point.