Experimental Fluid Mechanics

Why experimental fluid mechanics?

One might wonder with the advent of computer modeling and simulation supported by ever improving computational resources why we need to conduct experiments to investigate fluid mechanics phenomena experimentally.  There are still characteristics of fluid dynamics that are difficult to simulate or understand, due to their complex geometry, flow regime (high Reynolds number, hypersonic Mach number, etc.), unsteady turbulence, separation, complex reactions, and transition which only experiments can provide the sufficient fidelity to study and predict.  Additionally with the advent of state-of-the-art diagnostics a higher fidelity of detailed investigations can be performed giving us a more complete picture of the fluid dynamics phenomena.

What is going on in experimental fluid mechanics research at Illinois?

Coupling advanced experimental research facilities at the newly constructed Aerodynamics Research Laboratory (ARL), wind tunnels and advanced diagnostic tools, with world renowned researchers makes the University of Illinois one of the Nation’s top programs for experimental fluid mechanics research.  Experiments are conducted over a wide range of scales and flow regimes (subsonic to hypersonic).  Research topics include projects focused on the basic research of turbulence, separated flows, plasmas, combustion, steady/unsteady aerodynamics, flow control, and jet noise just to name a few.  Additionally the laser diagnostics available enable researchers to measure molecular quantities or full 3D volumetric properties using tomography systems using the infrastructure and expertise at the University of Illinois.


Who are the faculty members in the area?


Courses in this Area

ME 410   Intermediate Gas Dynamics

AE 412   Viscous Flow & Heat Transfer   credit

TAM 435   Intermediate Fluid Mechanics

AE 510   Advanced Gas Dynamics  

TAM 532   Viscous Flow   credit

TAM 537   Experimental Fluid Mechanics

TAM 538   Turbulence   credit

TAM 536   Instability and Transition  

AE 564   Advanced Aero Propulsion Lab  

AE 597   Independent Study   credit

AE 598   Special Topics