Since the earth’s surface is always heterogeneous to some extent, the topography plays a significant role in the surface fluxes of momentum, heat, humidity and other quantities including dust and pollen. The variation of these fluxes as a result of land-atmosphere interactions has important implications for the hydrological cycle. These processes become even more relevant in desert – like, arid environments, where water management is essential for agriculture.
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Open Positions (PostDoc, PhD, MSc), Heat transfer of co-axial pulsating impinging jet
For a research project funded by the Pazy Foundation in collaboration with Rafael – Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Assoc. Prof. B. Cukurel of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (Technion – IIT), we are looking for PhD, MSc students and PostDocs. The research topic is on the experimental investigation of flow field and heat transfer characteristics of a co-axial impinging turbulent jet. In this research, state-of-the-art measurement techniques such as tomographic particle image velocimetry (tomo-PIV) and high speed thermal IR – imaging. Within this project, several positions are available, from final undergraduate projects (The Brakistim or Raamim program) to MSc, PhD and PostDoc positions.
Open Positions (PostDoc, PhD, MSc), Co-axial fiber-laden impinging jet
For a research project funded by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), I am looking for PhD, MSc students and PostDocs. The research topic is on the experimental investigation of the flow field of a co-axial impinging turbulent jet, including particle-turbulence interactions. At the EMPFL we are experienced in using the most state-of-the-art measurement techniques such as tomographic particle image velocimetry (tomo-PIV) and digital holography, enabling us to extract time-resolved 3D flow field and particle dynamics. Within this large project, several positions are available, from final undergraduate projects (The Brakistim or Raamim program) to MSc, PhD and PostDoc positions.
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Moti Raizner, Barak-Chaim Sabagh, Lior Eshbal, Rene van Hout
Sofia Kuperman, Daniel Kovalev, Vladislav Rinsky
Impinging jets are used extensively in many heat and mass transfer applications found in industrial processes such as electronic component cooling, aircraft de-icing and turbine blade cooling. Impinging jets exhibit complex flow physics that is difficult to numerically simulate.
In the present experiments, a round pulsating jet with uniform jet exit velocity was studied at small H/D (= 2.0) while limiting the effect of entrainment by partial confinement. Our results indicated local and overall heat transfer enhancement at Re = 4,606 and 8,024 while a slight reduction was observed for Re = 13,513. The heat transfer measurements were accompanied by detailed planar particle image velocimetry (PIV) measurements.
Fiber orientation dynamics
Recently, we have studied the three-dimensional orientation dynamics (“tumbling” rates) of rigid heavy nylon fibers in isotropic turbulence.
Nocturnal radiative cooling
This research was performed by Mr. Adi Amir in collaboration with Rafael, Advanced Defense Systems LtD. A model was developed to evaluate the possibility of using nocturnal radiative cooling for stand-alone applications.
A tethered bluff body is a configuration commonly occurring in engineering applications (e.g. blimps, ocean buoys) as well as in nature (e.g. seed or pollen dispersal by plants). Here we study the vortex-induced vibrations of a tethered sphere using tomographic particle image velocimetry that allows us to measure the instantaneous 3D flow field in the wake of the sphere.
The research objectives: (i) Measurement of the 3D wake structure of a tethered sphere over a range of Reynolds numbers and mass parameters. (ii) Determination of the fluid forcing acting on the tethered sphere using the measured 3D flow fields. This will provide insight into the relevant energy transfer mechanisms between fluid and sphere and possible applications to green energy harvesting applications.
Stationary sphere wake
A sphere is a prototypical bluff body and although studied for over a century, the wake of a sphere still poses many questions. Recently, we have been using state-of-the-art tomographic particle image velocimetry to measure for the first time the instantaneous three-dimensional flow structure in the wake of a sphere. In particular we found evidence for the generation of so-called induced vortices whose legs (IVL) and head (IVH) can be observed.