The research in the laboratory for bio-medical fluid mechanics focuses on flows in artificial organs and implants like artificial heart valve prostheses, blood pumps, microfluidic filter systems, etc. and on flows in biological/human systems such as the circulatory blood system and the human airways.
To simulate numerically internal and external flows the conservation equations of mass, momentum, and energy are solved using up-to-date algorithms implemented on high performance computers. The development of such algorithms has been the subject of various research projects at the Institute of Aerodynamics.
Several wind tunnels covering subsonic, transonic and supersonic flows with test section dimensions ranging from 0.15 x 0.15 m² up to 1 x 1 m² and two water tunnels, one of which is a closed circuit water tunnel with a test section of 1 x 1.5 m² at a maximum velocity of 4 m/s, are available. Moreover, a test rig for certification of safety valves at a maximum pressure of 100 bar is set up.