Experimental Methods II
FSI-IEEAcad. year: 2018/2019
The course deals with special experimental methods in environmental engineering, optical visualization and measurement methods. These methods are used in flow visualization, visualization of temperature fields, heat transfer and in the dynamics of fluids and solids.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Students acquire theoretical knowledge and learn to work with optical experimental equipment and with computer systems for records evaluation.
Knowledge of physical laws from thermodynamics, heat transfer, mechanics of fluids and optics.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Hauf,W. - Grigull,U.: Optical methods in heat transfer. In: Advances in heat transfer. Academic Press, London 1970.
PAVELEK, M., JANOTKOVÁ, E., ŠTĚTINA, J. Vizualizační a optické měřicí metody. 2. vydání. Brno, Květen 2007. Dostupné z:
Pavelek, M. - Štětina, J.: Experimentální metody v technice prostředí. Skripta. VUT Brno 2007.
Settles, G. S.: Schlieren and Shadowgraph Techniques. Springer-Verlag Berlin 2001.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Course-unit credit requirements: attendance at exercises, handing in laboratory records. The evaluation consists of results from laboratories. The examination consists of written and oral parts.
Language of instruction
Students will be made familiar with experimental and optical measuring methods in environmental engineering, heat transfer and mechanics of fluids.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
The work in laboratories is checked by reports and by checking computer-based evaluation of records.
Type of course unit
26 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer
Measurement of thermal state in indoor air and thermal comfort.
Research on ventilation by tracer gases and particles.
Visualization and optical methods. Holography.
Interferometry for diffusional objects.
Infrared measurements - Theory and praxis.
Shadow and schlieren methods (heat transfer, air jets).
Interferometry in fluid mechanics and heat transfer (panel radiators).
Record and image processing (temperature fields in heated rooms).
Evaluation of interference order from interferograms (jets from outlets).
Evaluation of refractive index from interferograms.
Calculation of density and temperatures from refractive index.
labs and studios
13 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
Precautions and working methods. Video records.
Humidity measurement. Radiation temperature measurement.
Measurement of air velocities. Thermal comfort measurement.
Measurements of 'T', 'w' in the vicinity of outlets.
Measurements of outlets by PIV.
Properties of light. Adjusting of optical elements and configurations.
Topography by moire method. Air jet visualization by shadow method.
Interferometric measurements of heat transfer from panel radiators.
Handling the software Interfer-Visual.
Evaluation of heat transfer from panel radiators (by PC).
Evaluation of trajectory of non-isothermal air jets from outlets (by PC).
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