Course detail

Experimental Methods

FSI-IEMAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course deals with experimental methods in environmental engineering, hydrodynamics and power engineering. The course covers the principles of experimental methods, properties of sensors, computer measurements and processing.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will acquire theoretical knowledge and learn to work with experimental equipment and computer measuring systems.


Knowledge of physical laws from thermodynamics, heat transfer, mechanics of fluids and electrotechnical engineering.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Pavelek, M. - Štětina, J.: Experimentální metody v technice prostředí. Skripta. VUT Brno 2007.
Drkal, F. a kol.: Experimentální cvičení a zkoušení strojů v technice prostředí. Skripta ČVUT. Praha 1992.
Mádr, V. a kol.: Fyzikální měření. SNTL, Praha 1991.
Peled, A.-Liu, B.: Digital signal processing. New York, John Wiley & sons 1976.
Hauf, W. - Grigull, U.: Optical methods in heat transfer. Advances in heat transfer. 6. (J. P. Hartnett, ed.). Academic Press, London 1970
Stanislas, M. - Kompenhans, J. - Westerweel J.: Particle Image Velocimetry. Kluwer Academic Publisher, London 2000.

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

Graded course-unit requirements: The evaluation consists of tests results, theoretical knowledge and of results from laboratories.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Students learn to work with experimental and measuring devices for environmental engineering, hydrodynamics and power engineering.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The work in laboratories is checked systematically and three tests in a semester are written.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-ETI-P Master's

    specialization TEP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory
    specialization FLI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory
    specialization ENI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Terminology, methods and norms for measuring.
Processing of measurements. Measurement errors.
Temperature measurement. Pressure measurement.
Measurement of fluid velocities, flow rates, heat-transfer rates.
Noise measurements. Measurement of vibrations and revolutions.
Measurement of air pollutions, photometric quantities, radiation.
Humidity measurement. Measurement of thermal state in indoor air.
Visualization and optical measuring methods.
Measuring of electrical quantities.
Properties of sensors and measuring equipments.
Computer measuring and control systems.
Autonomous devices. Mobile and industrial systems.
Software for measuring and control.

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Norms for measuring and laboratories.
Parameters of pumps.
Shock waves propagation. Speed of sound and its frequency.
LDA and PIV measurements.
Processing of measurements. Test.
Heat exchanger measurement.
Measuring of air flow rates by gas meter, orifice plate and Prandtl tube.
Computer measurement of temperatures. Transfer measurements and calibration.
Processing of measurements. Test.
Efficiency of cogeneration unit. Emission measurements in combustion products.
Structure, calorific capacity and density of fuel.
Efficiency measurement of boiler Viessmann.
Processing of measurements. Test.