At this year's GALA symposium "Experimental Fluid Mechanics" an exciting exhibit of the DFG research group 2688 PulseFlow was a highlight for the participants: An approximately 20m long particle-laden tube flow experimental setup was presented in the laboratories of the University of Bremen. This is used in the current research work of the group around Dr. Kerstin Avila - Department of Process Engineering at Leibniz-IWT and Mechanical Process Engineering / University of Bremen. With this, instabilities of pulsating flows, relevant e.g. for the blood flow in the human body, can be investigated in more detail. The research group 2688 PulseFlow focuses in particular on the space-time dynamics of blood flow. In the long term, the research results should lay the foundation for better understanding, preventing and treating vascular diseases and strokes, for example. Of particular relevance to GALA participants was the self-developed measurement method for the three-dimensional localization of particles in the tube flow.
The GALA conferences have been established for many years as an interdisciplinary discussion forum in the field of flow research with a focus on measurement technology. This year it was organized by the German Society for Laser Anemometry GALA e.V. in cooperation with the Bremen Institute for Metrology, Automation and Quality Science (BIMAQ), Department of Production Engineering (Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. A. Fischer).
The research group FOR 2688 consists of five experimental and three numerical subprojects within Germany, Switzerland and Austria and is composed of expertise in engineering, physics and medicine.
As a junior scientist, Dr. Kerstin Avila leads the subproject "Dynamik und Instabilitäten pulsierender Suspensions-Strömungen in komplexen Rohrgeometrien“.