Mini Pitot tube calibration using PIV

Yoav Kessler uses micro Pitot tube for the calibration of the new MEMS flow sensor in the MEMS Laboratory of Prof. Slava Krylov. We took a set of validation experiments using PIV and calibrated the Pitot tube in a jet from a Laskin nozzle aerosol seeding system. 

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Two-phase particle-laden turbulent flow in a 2D rocket engine model

first_frame_setup_movieSabrina Shlain studies the two-phase particle-laden turbulent flow in a 2D rocket engine. The main questions relate to the turbulence increase/decrease due to the inertial particles. The important parameter in this flow is the geometry of a rocket engine that adds specific features of a) acceleration of the flow into the nozzle, b) impact and restitution of inertial particles at high velocities and moving at large angles in respect to the streamlines of the flow. 







Bio-inspired navigation strategies in turbulent plumes

Figure-legends_W640Jointly with Roi Gurka, Ally Harari (Volcani Center)and Gregory Zilman we developed a concept of bio-inspired navigation in turbulent plumes. 



We performed numerical simulations and experiments in a wind tunnel with flying moths to study the dispersion of scalar plumes and moth navigation to a female. 

The-experimental-setup-of-the-open-loop-wind-tunnel-with-the-optical-access-dual-head_W640Recently Yiftach Golov joined our team and added collaboration with the group of Shlomo Margel (Bar Ilan) to add nano-materials research to the question of olfactory sensing and navigation of moths in turbulent environments. Yiftach also works on the moth tracking in 3D in Volcani Center wind tunnel w/o turbulence and various source competitions. 




We also have Noam Benelli helping us to develop a numerical model of various navigation strategies using a unified Python platform for repeatable and fast simulations. 

Turbulent flows for the offshore macroalgae biorefinery

Our group collaborates with Dr. Alexander Golberg group from the Porter School of Environmental Studies on the marine biorefinery idea: 



Hadar Traugott studies hydrodynamic effects (pressure, hydromechanical shear stresses) on the macroalgae growth rates and chemical content. 


Meiron Zollmann focuses on the nutrients uptake and growth rates in the laboratory and natural offshore environments


Oz Habiby has been working on the pulsed light concept in our lab, growing algae in a hypothetical light/dark cycle using LED sun simulator. 



Fluid flow wakes are the hydrodynamic signatures left by a moving body or carried by a fluid passing a body at some relative velocity. In dictionaries it is defined as “a trail of disturbed water or air left by the passage of a ship or aircraft”. Of course there are many other meanings of this word, but we focus here on only the fluid flows. More specifically our lab deals with turbulent wakes. 

A stratified wake of a hydrofoil accelerating from rest

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Vortex wake of a swimming knifefish 




Wake behind a flapping free flying bird in a wind tunnel


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If you want to get more details about these results, please read our papers here


Turbulent wakes of roughness elements in an urban canopy flow measured in Lagrangian framework in the environmental scale wind tunnel 




Demitry Aronovsky


Demitry Aronovsky – lab engineer

Demitry Aronovsky is our lab engineer from Jan. 1, 2019. Demitry brings his vast experience from successful positions he took at industry.