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Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Experimental Fluid Mechanics

3 ECTS credits
90 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4011237FNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

Information about this course is applicable on academic year 2017-2018.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method

Grading (scale from 0 to 20)

Can retake in second session
Taught in
Partnership agreement
  • Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
Faculty of Engineering
Responsible organisation
Applied Mechanics
Educational Team:
  • Jeroen VAN BEECK (course titular)
    Activities and contact hours
    • 12 contact hours Lecture
    • 24 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
    Course content

    - Flow visualisation techniques with sand, oil, tufts, bubbles, ink, smoke, refractive index variation (Schlieren- and shadowgraphy)                            

    - Pressure anemometers and response time for line-cavity systems

    - Hot wire anemometers for velocity and concentration measurement

    - Laser-Doppler techniques for measuring velocity and size of particles

    - Particle Image & Tracking Velocimetry

    - Infrared Thermography

    - Spectroscopy for temperature and concentration measurement

    - Interferometry, diffraction, imaging techniques for diagnostics of particles, droplets and bubbles.

    Laboratory exercises (24 hrs) will be performed in groups, and concern velocity measurements in a turbulent flow using intrusive and non-intrusive techniques.

    Course material
    • Course text (Required): Slide compendium.
    Additional info

    Slide compendium.

    Programme Objectives

    Algemene competenties

    The characterisation of fluid flows is a prerequisite for the design of an aircraft, a bridge, a wind turbine or for the understanding of pollutant dispersion in urban environments. Also the design and optimisation of numerous industrial processes require a good description of their fluid flows. This knowledge can be obtained via numerical computations provided that the corresponding physical modelling has been validated against experimental results. Herein lies the domain of Experimental Fluid Mechanics. 
    The course classifies a wide variety of fluid flows and treats a methodology to characterize them experimentally. A review will be given of contact devices and optical techniques for measuring global and local quantities. Corresponding data acquisition and processing will be explained. Advanced post-processing algorithms for turbulent flows will be given related to aerodynamics and industrial applications.


    The final grade is composed based on the following categories:

    • Oral Exam determines 50% of the final mark.
    • PRAC Lab Work determines 50% of the final mark.

    Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

    Oral exam with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 50% of the final mark.

    Note: Individual oral examination.

    Within the PRAC Lab Work category, the following assignments need to be completed:

    Labwork report with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 50% of the final mark.

    Note: Laboratory report (1 per group)

    Additional info with regard to grading

    Laboratory report (1 per group) + individual oral examination.