Experimental Hydraulic Research



Catrina Brüll

Senior scientific staff


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Course description

Students in this class are expected to gain a deeper understanding of theoretical contents of hydraulic experiments, such as similarity mechanics, model laws, dimensional analyses and measurement methods, and learn to apply the knowledge gained to large and complex experimental set-ups in practice. In doing so, they broaden their knowledge of modern and high-tech experimental methods/measuring techniques and discover the range of applications of such methods in the field of hydraulic engineering on a model scale.

Course content


  • similarity of mechanics
  • modelling laws
  • mathematical and physical models
  • boundary conditions
  • analysis of dimensions
  • hydrometry
  • error analysis


  • practical application of theoretical contents
  • experimental exercises in the laboratory and on site
  • preparation of lab report
  • written composition of measurement results

Learning Objectives

Students obtain a deeper theoretical knowledge of hydraulic models in order to apply known methods in more complex models. They acquire extended skills of modern and highly engineered experimental methods and measurement techniques. The main learning objective of the course is the demonstration and understanding of hydromechanical processes on model scale. Solving of practical and theoretical engineering problems is done in team-related work.

Limitation on participation

In order to ensure the quality of the teaching in this event, there is a limitation on participation which we would like to draw your attention to.
The course Experimental Hydraulic Research is limited to 30 persons. The participation restriction should be considered when planning the semester.


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