Introduction to Measurement Techniques

Date: Monday 07 October 2019 to Friday 11 October 2019

Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode (near Brussels), Belgium
Contact : VKI secretariat, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Phone: +32 2 359 96 04


Introduction to Measurement TechniquesThe objective of this course is to provide young engineers with a broad overview of traditional and advanced measurement techniques applicable to fluid dynamics.

Each measurement technique and its field of application will be described. Limitations and advantages will be discussed and special attention will be given to the subject of error estimation.

A choice of relevant techniques will be demonstrated to groups of five people maximum during lab sessions on Thursday afternoon and Friday in the VKI facilities. This will provide an opportunity to manipulate the available hardware and will allow for discussion of individual problems.This course, prepared and presented by the VKI teaching staff, is based on a long experience with the different techniques for research applications.

Lectures are given by experienced faculty members and research engineers of the von Karman Institute. The Director of this course is Professor Tony Arts of the von Karman Institute.







Monday, 7 October 2019   

  • 08:45 Registration    
  • 09:00 Welcome Address
  • 09:30 Measurement chain-error and uncertainty    
    Prof. Tony Arts
  • 10:20 Amplifiers and filters, etc.    
    Prof. Tony Arts
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:30 Pressure measurements    
    Prof. Tony Arts
  • 12:20 Lunch
  • 14:00 Pressure Probes
    Prof. Tony Arts
  • 14:45    Pressure Probes (continued)    
    Prof. Tony Arts
  • 15:35 Coffee break
  • 16:05 Pressure transducers    
    Prof. Tony Arts
  • 17:00 Cocktail              

Tuesday, 8 October 2019    

  • 09:00 Hot wire measurements    
    Prof. Fabrizio Fontaneto
  • 10:00 Hot wire measurements (continuedd)     
    Prof. Fabrizio Fontaneto
  • 10:50 Coffee break
  • 11:15 Unsteady pressure
    Prof. Christophe Schram
  • 12.05 Lunch
  • 13:45 Temperature measurements   
    Prof. Tony Arts
  • 14:45 Temperature measurements (continued)  
    Prof. Tony Arts
  • 15:35 Coffee break
  • 16:05 Optical density measurement techniques   
    Prof. Olivier Chazot

Wednesday, 9 October 2019    

  • 09:00 Flow visualization techniques   
    Prof. Mario Carbonaro
  • 10:00 Force measurements   
    Prof. Mario Carbonaro
  • 10:50 Coffee break
  • 11:15 Signal processing   
    Prof. Christophe Schram
  • 12:05 Lunch
  • 13:45 Signal processing (continued)   
    Prof. Christophe Schram
  • 14:45 Infrared thermography  
    Ing. Vincent Van der Haegen
  • 15:35 Coffee break
  • 16:05 Spectroscopic measurement techniques   
    Dr. Damien Le Quang
  • 16:55 End of the day

Thursday, 10 October 2019    

  • 09:00 Laser Doppler Velocimetry    
    Prof. Jeroen van Beeck
  • 10:00 Particle Image Velocimetry    
    Prof. M.M. Mendez and Dr. Alessia Simonini
  • 10:50 Coffee break
  • 11:15 Particle Image Velocimetry (continued)    
    Prof. M.M. Mendez and Dr. Alessia Simonini
  • 12:05 Lunch
  • 13:45 Lab sessions (*)    
  • 14:45 Lab sessions (*)  
  • 15:35 Coffee break  (*)     
  • 16:05 Lab sessions (*)  
  • 16:55 End of the day   (*)           

Friday, 11 October 2019    

  • 09:00  Lab sessions (*)
  • 10:50  Coffee break
  • 11:20 Lab sessions (*)
  • 12:05  Lunch    
  • 13:30  Lab sessions (*) + Private discussions
  • 14:30 End of the Lecture Series

Lab sessions:

  • LDV (Prof. Jeroen van Beeck)
  • PIV (Prof. Delphine Laboureur)
  • Flow visualization (Ing. Vincent Van der Haegen)
  • Hot wire measurements ; data acquisition (Prof. Christophe Schram)
  • Schlieren shadowgraph, holographic interferometry (Prof. Olivier Chazot)
  • Thermocouples, thin films, liquid crystals (Prof. Tony Arts)
  • Steady and unsteady pressure measurements (Prof. Fabrizio Fontaneto)
  • Infrared thermography (Prof. Jean-Marie Buchlin and Ing. Vincent Van der Haegen)


Description of the Programme

1. Components of a measurement chain

2. Measurement uncertainties and errors

3. Transducers

  • active and passive transducers
  • transducers for different applications
  • amplifiers (types and matching)
  • frequency response

4. Pressure measurements

  • static pressure (description and errors)
  • total pressure (probes and errors)
  • flow direction measurements (2 & 3 dimensional)
  • unsteady pressure measurements (frequency response &calibration)

5. Temperature measurements

  • thermocouples, cold wires
  • surface measurement devices (thin films - liquid crystals)
  • infrared thermography (principles - spatial resolution
  • quality factor)

6. Hot wire anemometry

  • probe construction and calibration
  • control circuits & linearisation
  • angular response
  • turbulence measurements

7. Optical measurement techniques

  • laser doppler velocimetry (LDV)
  • particle image velocimetry (PIV)
  • optical density & spectroscopic measurements

8. Flow visualisation

  • air and water flows
  • streamlines and skin friction lines

9. Force measurements

10. Signal displays, recording & processing

  • display, recording
  • analog to digital conversion
  • Fourier analysis
  • numerical systems and their application for data processing

The following demonstrations are scheduled on Thursday afternoon and Friday :

  • LDV, PIV & holographic interferometry
  • hot wires
  • infrared thermography
  • thin films, liquid crystals, thermocouples, and cold wires
  • steady and unsteady pressure measurements
  • flow visualisation (watertunnel, schlieren, shadowgraph, oil flow, etc.)

Fee & Registration

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Early bird (until August 7, 2019 included)

Lecture Series Early Bird

Normal fee (after August 7, 2019)

Lecture Series Fees

Type 1: Citizens of NATO countries funding VKI: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and the United States

Type 2: Citizens of NATO countries or NATO partner countries not funding VKI

Type 3: Citizens of non-NATO countries, need to have the formal approval of the VKI director before online registration by sending an email to the VKI secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Information for PhD candidates and undergraduate students: To obtain the reduced price, the applicant must provide a recommendation letter from his or her professor; if not, the request will not be taken into consideration.


REDUCTION APPLICABLE ON the normal fee. Not applicable when early bird.

-50% for the 3rd & 4th participant from the same company. The normal fee price list is available here.


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