Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Experiments in Fluid Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-82
    2. Ronald Panton, Saeid Kheirandish, Manfred Wagner
      Pages 3-31
    3. John Foss, Ronald Panton, Alexander Yarin
      Pages 33-82
  3. Measurement of Primary Quantities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-616
    2. William Wakeham, Marc Assael, Abraham Marmur, Joël Coninck, Terry Blake, Stephanus Theron et al.
      Pages 85-177
    3. Beverley McKeon, Rolf Engler
      Pages 179-214
    4. Beverley McKeon, Geneviève Comte-Bellot, John Foss, Jerry Westerweel, Fulvio Scarano, Cameron Tropea et al.
      Pages 215-471
    5. Wolfgang Merzkirch, Yasuhiro Egami
      Pages 473-486
    6. Tomasz Kowalewski, Phillip Ligrani, Andreas Dreizler, Christof Schulz, Uwe Fey
      Pages 487-561
    7. Klaus Hufnagel, Günter Schewe
      Pages 563-616
  4. Specific Experimental Environments and Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 617-1333
    2. Klaas Nijenhuis, Gareth McKinley, Stephen Spiegelberg, Howard Barnes, Nuri Aksel, Lutz Heymann et al.
      Pages 619-743
    3. Giovanni Romano, Nicholas Ouellette, Haitao Xu, Eberhard Bodenschatz, Victor Steinberg, Charles Meneveau et al.
      Pages 745-855
    4. Wolfgang Merzkirch
      Pages 857-870
    5. Joseph Klewicki, William Saric, Ivan Marusic, John Eaton
      Pages 871-907
    6. Oŭuz Uzol, Joseph Katz
      Pages 919-957
    7. Roger Arndt, Damien Kawakami, Martin Wosnik, Marc Perlin, David Admiraal, Marcelo García
      Pages 959-1042
    8. Wolf-Heinrich Hucho, Klaus Hannemann, Jan Martinez Schramm, Charles Williamson
      Pages 1043-1155

About this book


This Handbook consolidates authoritative and state-of-the-art information from the large number of disciplines used in experimental fluid mechanics into a readable desk reference book. It comprises four parts covering Experiments in Fluid Mechanics, Measurement of Primary Quantities, Specific Experimental Environments and Techniques, and Analyses and Post-Processing of Data.

The Springer Handbook of Experimental Fluid Mechanics has been prepared for physicists and engineers in research and development in universities, industry and in governmental research institutions or national laboratories. Both experimental methodology and techniques are covered fundamentally and for a wide range of application fields. A generous use of citations directs the reader to additional material on each subject.

 Key Topics

    • Experiments in fluid mechanics
    • The boundary-value problem
    • Measurement of material properties: density, surface tension, contact angle, thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity, diffusion, electric and magnetic parameters of liquids and gases
    • Fundamentals of data acquisition, processing and analysis
    • Measurement systems for temperature, density, flow velocity, vorticity, Mach number, heat flux, pressure shear stress, forces and moments
    • Applications: non-Newtonian flows, turbulence, turbomachinery, aerodynamics, hydraulics, microfluidmechanics, flow visualization, atmospheric and oceanographic measurements, electrohydrodynamic systems, combustion diagnostics


    • Contains over 900 two-color illustrations.
    • Includes over 100 comprehensive tables summarizing experimental techniques and properties of materials.
    • Emphasizes physical concepts over extensive mathematical derivations.
    • Delivers a wealth of up-to-date references and further reading.


Fluid Mechanics Flow Visualization Aerodynamics Hydrolics Non-Newtonian Flows

Editors and affiliations

  • Cameron Tropea
    • 1
  • Alexander L. Yarin
    • 2
  • John F. Foss
    • 3
  1. 1.Fachgebiet Strömungslehre und AerodynamikTechnische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Industrial EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Mechanical EngineeringMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

About the editors

C. Tropea: Professor Tropea studied and worked in Toronto, Karlsruhe and Erlangen before taking the Chair of Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1997. His background is in experimental fluid mechanics and he has authored numerous book sections and journal publications on this subject. He is currently Editor of Experiments in Fluids from Springer-Verlag and was previously Editor-in-Chief of Measurement Science and Technology from IOP Publishing.

J. F. Foss 

Professor Foss received his BSME (1961), MSME (1962) and Ph.D. (1965) from Purdue University. He has been on the faculty at Michigan State University since 9/1964. He served as the NSF Program Director for Fluid Dynamics and Hydraulics (1998-2000). His research specialty is vorticity measurements. His research group addresses fundamental and applied problems in turbulent flows. The latter are primarily associated with automotive applications. He is a Fellow of ASME and the A.V. Humboldt Stiftung and a Chartered Physicist of the IOP. He holds 7 patents involving fluid mechanics.

A. Yarin:

Alexander Yarin is currently a Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. In 1990-2005 he was a Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Professor Yarin is an applied physicist working in the field of fluid mechanics. He received his PhD and Habilitation degrees from the Institute for Problems in Mechanics, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow. His main contributions are related to the free surface flows (jets, films, fibers, threads and droplets) of Newtonian and rheologically complex liquids. He is an author of 2 monographs, 5 chapters in books and 170 research articles.  

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