Turbulence and particle transport

Educational objectives

Turbulence is a canonical example of multi scale phenomenon. This multi scale character is actually at the very center of the phenomenological theory of turbulence by Kolmogorov.


During this lab course, the trainees will be initiated to two measurement techniques used for the spatial mapping of a flow, that will be illustrated through the study of the wake development behind a cylinder, a classical study case of turbulence.


This introduction to major experimental techniques in fluid mechanics (and to their limitations) will be augmented by an initiation to numerical techniques (and the issues associated to them) such as direct numerical simulations, RANS method, or Large Eddy Simulations.



This lab-course is well suited to L3 and Master students with background skills in fluid mechanics and turbulence

Module 1: experimental fluid mechanics

Observing turbulence using hot wire anemometry and particle image velocimetry (PIV)

4 hrs lab course

Teacher: Henda Djeridi and Nicolas Mordant

Module 2: Modelling turbulence

A numerical study of a flow past a cylinder

4 hrs lab course

Teacher: Guillaume Balarac


Martin Obligado


Henda Djeridi


Guillaume Balarac



This lab course is hosted in the premises of the laboratory LEGI located at 1211 rue de la piscine on the campus

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