Aia

Chair of Fluid Mechanics and Institute of Aerodynamics

Director:

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Schröder

Short name:

AIA

Info:

The Chair of Fluid Mechanics and the Institute of Aerodynamics belongs to the department of mechanical engineering of the RWTH Aachen University. The experimental and numerical units plus the laboratory for bio-medical flows constitute the main departments of the institute.

Several subsonic, transonic and supersonic wind tunnels and water tunnels are the essential experimental facilities. In addition, there are special test rigs to study flow fields, e.g., within piston engines, through safety valves, and artificial heart valve prosthesis. The measurement methods consist of, e.g., particle-image and particle-tracking velocimetry, laser-doppler and hot-wire anemometry, multi-sensor hot films, differential and Mach-Zehnder interferometry, and schlieren-methods. Continuous as well as pulse lasers and high-speed cameras are part of the experimental setups. Measuring equipment such as hot wires and hot films is in-house manufactured.

Workstations and PCs are connected to form a parallel cluster on which computational fluid dynamics simulations are run. Furthermore, the Institute has access to the massively parallel machine of the university's scientific computing center to perform numerical analyses of internal and external, steady and unsteady, laminar and turbulent flows for complex geometries.

The major one- and two-term courses are given in fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, gasdynamics, computational fluid mechanics, boundary-layer theory, measurement methods, hypersonic flows and biological and medical flows. Moreover, special topics like computational fluid dynamics and laser-based measurement methods, such as particle-image velocimetry, are covered in additional workshops.

Using experimental and numerical methods, research is conducted in fundamental and applied fluid mechanics, the general areas of which are turbulence, aerodynamics, vortex dynamics, bio-medical flows, multiphase flows, measurement methods, computational fluid dynamics, and computational aeroacoustics.

Faculties:

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Street:

Wüllnerstr. 5a

Postal Code:
52066
City:

Aachen

Contact:

Phone: +49 241 80 95410
Fax: +49 241 80 92257
Email: office@aia.rwth-aachen.de

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