cod. 1010756

Academic year 2023/24
1° year of course - Second semester
Sandro Giovanni LONGO
Academic discipline
Idraulica (ICAR/01)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
48 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit

Learning objectives

The student knows and understands the information required to design and conduct experimental investigations in the laboratory or wind tunnel;
He/she is able to acquire knowledge independently concerning the principles and applications of innovative techniques in the field of fluid dynamics which have been successfully developed in recent years;
Is able to analyse, interpret and critically evaluate the results of experiments with independent judgement;

He/she is able to find the necessary information to tackle new problems and to design the experiment as a whole according to the investigation and the results to be obtained.


It is advisable to have passed the Fluid Mechanics exam.

Course unit content

The course aims to provide the student with the tools to tackle the study of the interaction between wind and structures. Models of wind generation and characteristics are analysed on the basis of the physics of the atmosphere, with a description of the statistics used to describe the random velocity field that develops in the Earth's atmospheric boundary layer. The fluid-dynamic aspects induced by the presence of bodies immersed in the fluid vein of elongated or squat geometry are then analysed, defining the fundamental parameters governing the physical phenomenon. The similarity criteria adopted for wind tunnel modelling are introduced, with a description of the different types of wind tunnels. The measuring instruments used are introduced and described. Finally, the analytical and numerical models most frequently adopted in CFD are introduced.

Full programme


Longo, S., 2011, Analisi Dimensionale e Modellistica Fisica – Principi e Applicazioni alle Scienze Ingegneristiche. Springer & Verlag Italia, Collana UNITEXT Ingegneria. ISBN 978-88-470-1871-6, X+370 pp.
Longo, S., 2022, Principles and Applications of Dimensional Analysis and Similarity. Springer, Print hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-79216-9, softcover ISBN 978-3-030-79219-0, Online ISBN 978-3-030-79217-6, XXXI+428 pp.
Barlow, Jewel B., William H. Rae, and Alan Pope. Low-speed wind tunnel testing. John wiley & sons, 1999

Teaching methods

Lectures and laboratory activities.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral examination with at least three different questions, duration not exceeding 45'.

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