Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Experimental fluid mechanics

Overall Course Objectives

To give an introduction to measuring techniques for determining velocity, flow, pressure, temperature etc. for fluids under stationary as well as nonstationary conditions. The course gives basic measurement theory and gives examples of physical interpretation of measurements. The course will give practical laboratory experience.

Learning Objectives

  • describe common fluid mechanical measuring methods and devices for pressure, temperature, flow and local velocity.
  • identify relevant measuring techniques for a given flow problem
  • plan and execute an experiment in the laboratory
  • identify signal analysis problems and interpret results of the analysis
  • make a visualization of a flow
  • account for possible error sources in experiments and estimate an measurement uncertainty
  • process measurement data statistically and interpret results in a fluid mechanical context
  • report an experiments in writing using scientific principles with all relevant information for a repetition of the experiment
  • present an experiment orally

Course Content

Transducers and systems for determining of pressure, velocity, flow and temperature. Flow visualization. Signal analysis. Data recording and processing. Error theory. The theoretical basis is illustrated through two experiments in which typical fluid mechanical measuring systems are used, such as a hot-wire anemometer and laser based methods.

Recommended prerequisites

41312/02631, Knowledge of basic fluid mechanics and experience with Python, MATLAB or similar programming tools.

Teaching Method

Lectures and experiments in the laboratory.



One day will take place at Risø Campus. Participants must be physically present during assigned time for experiments in the laboratory.

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 4, Maximum: 36.

Please be aware that this course has a minimum requirement for the number of participants needed, in order for it to be held. If these requirements are not met, then the course will not be held. Furthermore, there is a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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3 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41822
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 1
Semester end Week 35
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK

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