Course detail

Experimental Methods

FSI-IEMAcad. year: 2023/2024

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.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

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

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

It is necessary to complete all laboratory, computational exercises, submit timely elaborated reports from laboratory measurements and pass tests during the semester. The evaluation consists of tests results, theoretical knowledge and of results from laboratories.
The work in laboratories is checked systematically and three tests in a semester are written.


Students learn to work with experimental and measuring devices for environmental engineering, hydrodynamics and power engineering.
Students will acquire theoretical knowledge and learn to work with experimental equipment and computer measuring systems.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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.

Recommended reading

Pavelek, M. - Štětina, J.: Experimentální metody v technice prostředí. Skripta. VUT Brno 2007.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-ETI-P Master's

    specialization TEP , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
    specialization FLI , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
    specialization ENI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 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 and flow rates.
Measurement of heat-transfer rates.
Noise measurements. Measurement of vibrations and revolutions.
Measurement of air pollutions.
Measurement of photometric quantities and radiation.
Humidity measurement. Measurement of thermal state in indoor air.
Visualization and optical measuring methods.
Measuring of electrical quantities.

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.