University of Calgary

Andre Popinhak

  • Doctoral Student

Teaching Assistanships

Fluid Mechanics - ENME495

Heat Transfer - ENME471

PhD Topic

Sensor-based Estimation of the Velocity on Turbulent Wakes

Research Activities

Experimental Aerodynamics

  • Flow and force estimation of three-dimensional bluff-body wake flows

  • Extensive flow diagnostics 

Measurement Techniques 

  • Tomographic PIV
  • Laser Doppler Velocimetry
  • Pressure and force transducers 



Andre was born in Brazil. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Santa Catarina State University (UDESC - Brazil) and did his undergraduate internship at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Universit√† Degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia - Italy) where he first gained experience with the non-intrusive laser optical measurement technique named Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). He continued his education at Santa Catarina Federal University (UFSC - Brazil), where he performed an experimental study of turbulent natural convection in enclosed cavities for his masters in Mechanical Engineering. Later on, he held a position at Whirlpool (Household Compressors Division) for over two years where he worked as a development engineer in compressor thermodynamics. Subsequently, he spent one year at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft - Netherlands) learning the state-of-the-art Tomographic-PIV before joining the Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerodynamics and Flow Control (LTRAC) at the University of Calgary for his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Photograph of Andre Popinhak

Current Studies

  • Doctoral Student
    Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
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