Have we reached the boundaries of what can be achieved in sports and building design? The answer is definitely “NO”. This course explains basic aspects of bluff body aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations with application to sports and building aerodynamics. It is intended for anyone with a strong interest in these topics. Key fields addressed are urban physics, wind engineering and sports aerodynamics.
The course consists of 6 weeks. The first 3 weeks are on fundamentals, the second 3 weeks on applications.
- Week 1: Basic aspects of fluid flow
- Week 2: Wind-tunnel testing
- Week 3: Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Week 4: Building aerodynamics
- Week 5: 100 m sprint aerodynamics
- Week 6: Cycling aerodynamics
In January-February 2017, the course will be upgraded/extended with:
- New modules on cycling aerodynamics
- Week 7: Climate adaptation of buildings and cities
- Week 8: Air pollution
If you want to take the upgraded/extended course, please wait with enrollment until mid February.
The lecturer is Bert Blocken, professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and KU Leuven in Belgium. He is a Civil Engineer holding a PhD in Building Physics. His main areas of expertise are urban physics, wind engineering and sports aerodynamics. He has published 126 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He has received the 2013 Junior Award from the International Association of Wind Engineering and six best paper awards from the Elsevier ISI journal Building & Environment (2009, 2011, 2012) and at international conferences. According to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier, he is among the 150 most cited researchers world-wide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering. Since Dec 2016, he is editor of the ISI journal Building & Environment and starting 2017, he is also associate editor of the ISI Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. He is member of the editorial board of the ISI journals Building Simulation and Sports Engineering. He has acted as a reviewer for more than 70 different ISI journals. He is currently supervising a team of 4 senior researchers, 32 PhD students and 5 MSc students.
is a six-week course with the following contents:
aspects of fluid flow
Fluid properties - part 1 (velocity, pressure, temperature)
Fluid properties - part 2 (density)
Fluid properties - part 3 (viscosity)
Flow properties - part 1
Flow properties - part 2
Fluid statics, kinematics, dynamics
Boundary layers - part 1
Boundary layers - part 2
Boundary layers - part 3
The atmospheric boundary layer
2: Wind-tunnel testing
Why wind-tunnel testing?
Wind-tunnel types and applications
The atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel
Measurements and flow visualization
Similarity and flow quality
Best practice guidelines
3: Computational Fluid Dynamics
Fluid Dynamics: what, why and how?
forms of the Navier-Stokes
aspects of discretization
and uncertainty, verification and validation
Engineering – Part 1
Wind Engineering – Part 2
4: Building aerodynamics
flow around buildings – part 1
flow around buildings – part 2
wind conditions around buildings – part 1
wind conditions around buildings – part 2
wind conditions around buildings – part 3
ventilation of buildings
rain on building facades – part 1
rain on building facades – part 2
energy in the built environment – part 1
energy in the built environment – part 2
5: 100 m sprint aerodynamics
Why study sprint aerodynamics?
Mathematical-physical model of running
Stadium aerodynamics and sprint records
Interview with a professional athletics coach
6: Cycling aerodynamics
study cycling aerodynamics?
testing for a single cyclist – Part 1
testing for a single cyclist – Part 2
simulations for a single cyclist
of two drafting cyclists
of drafting cyclist groups
Aerodynamics of car-cyclist combinations
Interview with professional cycling coaches from teams Belkin and RaboLiv