Institute for Hydromechanics

Building and Environmental Aerodynamics

The research of Building and Environmental Aerodynamics deals with the investigation of flow processes in the atmospheric boundary layer, in particular the interaction with buildings or other obstacles and the transport of pollutants in this region. Experimental studies in wind tunnels, the application of efficient numerical computational methods, and the development of improved measurement techniques are of major interest. Applied research studies are carried out in cooperation or as contractual work with industrial firms or government planning authorities in order to investigate specific projects or locations in terms of building design potimization or nvironmental efects (e.g environmental impact assessment).

  • Spreading of anthropogenic air pollutants in open or build-up acres, influence of thermally induced stratification effects in atmospheric flows.
  • Traffic-induced pollutant transport and construction measures for urban climate improvement.
  • Investigation of natural land surface features (e.g forest belts) as protective measures for pollutant sources and wind erosion.
  • Analysis and optimization of flows in building interiors due to air supply and exhaust openings.
  • Aerodynamic studies on wind effects on structures and buildings fluid dynamic feedback effects, e.g. bridges, highrise, buildings, industrial complexes, cooling towers.