This is a joint course taught by Prof. F. Ballio and Prof. S. Malavasi


Programme of the course

The course is compound of two parts (theory + labs).

Teaching objectives for the whole course (parts 1+2) are:

  • Phenomenological analysis of relevant processes in fluid dynamics
  • Comparative analysis of alternative models in fluid dynamics
  • Applicative examples at engineering scale 


The theoretical section (part 1) comprehends:

  • Fundamentals of continuum mechanics
  • Ideal fluid model (Bernoulli's theorem)
  • Viscous fluid model (Newtonian fluids)
  • 1st Principle of thermo-dynamics (integral form) / energy interpretation of Bernoulli's theorem
  • Turbulence in fluids: Reynolds-averaged equations, closure models
  • Boundary layer: wall laws
  • Fluid-structure interaction: flow around bodies, wakes


The Laboratory section (part 2) comprehends: Physical and Numerical Laboratories

Physical Laboratory

The fluid dynamic processes are analyzed on the basis of demonstrations and laboratory measurements and / or experimental data provided to the students.

Type of processes:

  • Fluid-Structure Interactions, bluff bodies (cylinder, sphere) immersed in a stady flow, fixed or oscillating bodies 
  • Interaction fluid / wall (velocity profiles on flat walls smooth and rough)

Quantities measured or provided (with nods to the techniques of measurement used) are: velocity/ pressure/forces/ displacements

Numerical Laboratory

Numerical simulation (CFD) of benchmark configurations; data analysis and post-processing of experimental and numerical data. Elements of numerical methods.
Possible configurations: Channel flow / Cylinder (2D / 3D) / Multi-hole plate (3D) / 

Applications in complex cases

There will also be seminars on complex cases, numerical and / or experimental. We will consider the analysis of processes and their modeling. Possible topics: Multi-phase flows / Wave energy / Control Valves 


Students may subscribe to the BeeP course webpage to find the supporting material.

Course Presentation Slides A.Y. 2014-15