Course code CTU10
Course title The PIV Method in Fluid Mechanics
Institution Czech Technical University in Prague
Course address Czech Technical University, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technick√° 4, CZ-166 07 Prague 6, Czech Republic
City Prague 6
Minimum year of study 4th year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words PIV, Stereo PIV, Time Resolved PIV, flow visualization, experimental fluid mechanics
Language English
Professor responsible prof. Ing. Jiri NOZICKA, CSc., Ing. Jan Novotn√Ĺ, PhD.
Telephone (420) 224 352 710
Fax (420) 224 352 570
Participating professors
Number of places Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10, Reserved for local students: 0

Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) is one of the most progressive experimental methods used in fluid mechanics. With the basic set of experimental set up it allows the investigation on 2D flow fields. The extended version can be used for research of 3D flows, or/and in some special cases, temperature or concentration measurement, as well.

The course is held in two different options· 

Course A – theoretical course·  Course B – applied course

The objective of Course A is to inform participants of the principals of PIV method and to show some examples of the wide range of applications in fluid mechanics and machinery.

Course B is intended for participants, who want to master the operation of the PIV system and corresponding software.

Programme to be followed

   Theoretical part for all students: 7 lessons, 90 min. each.     

1. PIV method, its history and development 2. Contemporary systems – set up for 2D measurement 3. 3D measurement 4. Temperature and concentration measurement (PLIV) 5. Special cases – 3D and PLIV measurement 6. Data evaluation, statistical method used 7. Control system – introduction to the software support 

Practical part for all students: 7 lessons, 90 min. each

1. Demonstration of some typical applications in the laboratory, presentation of results of technical problems solved. 2. Demonstration of 2D and 3D set up and calibration with standard PIV system  3. Measurement with 3D PIV system and demonstration of data analysis. 4. Measurement with LOW COST PIV system.  5. Demonstration of time resolved PIV system 6. Data analysis with matlab  7. Comparison of data from matlab and from commercial code.


Prerequisites General knowledge of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and matlab.  
Course exam The evaluation of the students’ acquired knowledge will be based on regular examinations during the practical part of the course. Student will prepare report from course and from measurement and data analysis