Head of the IWBT of TU BS is Prof. Dr. techn. R. Leithner (born in 1945 in Schärding, Austria). He has graduated as Dipl.-Ing. (Mechanical Engineering) from the Technical University in Vienna in 1970 with a diploma thesis about measurment and simulation of a heat exchanger. From 1971 till 1983 he was working in different positions with Energie- und Verfahrenstechnik GmbH (now (ABB) Alstom Power Combustion GmbH), Suttgart, one of the leading steam generator manufacturers in Germany. During his work at EVT he wrote a doctoral thesis on the mass flow from an equally heated tube at constant pressure and was graduated as Dr. techn. from the Technical University in Vienna in 1976.
His last position in this company was head of the "main department for
steam generator design, development and commissioning" including stress
analyses and control systems; also procuration was granted him. In 1983
he was appointed professor and director of the IWBT - TU BS. During all
these positions he was always involved in power plant calculation and