A Short Course on Turbulence

PI: Dr. Anthony Demetriades, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Montana State University

It is proposed that a series of seminar lectures on the subject of fluid turbulence, are prepared and delivered to the engineering and natural sciences community at Montana State University. The turbulence phenomenon features significantly in many facets of engineering and physics. At present the amount of undergraduate and graduate instruction at MSU is not sufficient to prepare students for an understanding of the nature of turbulence and for a correct approach to solving turbulence problems. The emphasis of the lectures will be put on physical phenomenology and understanding rather than routine material available in textbooks. The instructor brings to bear his forty years of experience with turbulent flows in the laboratory, to relate some unusual, helpful methods of approaching the problem, such as an unorthodox method of transition prediction and a description of turbulence by a thermodynamic state. A modern-day compendium will be given of findings in shear flows such as wakes, jets, free layers and boundary layers. Currently favored techniques of turbulence measurements and data processing will also be presented.

Contact Information

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: (406) 994-2203
FAX: (406) 994-6292

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