Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow Laboratory

The Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow Laboratory is engaged in research and development activities in the fields of mechanical engineering and metallurgy. Applied projects mainly centre on experimental research with subsequent application of the findings in mathematical models describing the monitored processes.

The laboratory has many years of experience determining the marginal conditions of heat transfer during the cooling of hot surfaces, with applications in continuous casting, heat-rolling and heat-processing. Another sphere of research is hydraulic scaling. We also take part in bringing to fruition national and international projects. The research activities of the laboratory involve undergraduate and postgraduate students, who come to us to work on their diplomas and dissertations.

We offer the following:

  • Thermal and strength analyses of continuous casting processes, rolling and scaling
  • Laboratory and operational measurements of thermal and mechanical parameters
  • Determining the limit conditions of heat transfer based on the laboratory’s own verified methodology
  • Proposing a methodology for the heat processing of metals, also with regard to implementation in current equipment
  • Optimization of cooling and spraying systems in terms of maximum efficiency and enhancing energy performance
  • Development of special software


Testing stand for measuring the limit conditions of heat transfer at high temperatures
Testing device for determining the limit conditions of heat transfer on rotating surfaces
Testing equipment to test high-pressure water nozzles
Equipment for optimizing the heat processing of metals
Calibration equipment for testing heat sensors
Our own software products for solving the complex tasks of heat transfer


  • ACRONI Jesenice, Slovenia – experimental program for continuous casting simulation
  • Alcoa , USA – experimental program for cooling at aluminium rolling
  • AL-Invest, Czech Republic – roll cooling for aluminium rolling
  • COMALCO, Australia – numerical modelling and inverse calculations
  • HYDROSYSTEM group, Czech Republic – experimental program and modelling for descaling and industrial cooling
  • IRSID, France – heat transfer tests for high-energetic sprays
  • ISPAT Nová Huť, Czech Republic – projects for hot rolling, industrial cooling, descaling and continuous casting
  • Lechler GmbH , Germany – experimental programs for nozzle testing and development
  • POSCO, Korea – cooling of rolls at hot strip mill, inverse thermal models
  • Siemens AG, Germany – high temperature heat transfer tests
  • SINTEF, Norway – thermal inverse calculations and heat transfer tests
  • U.S. Steel, Slovakia – experimental program and modelling for rolling, decaling and continuous casting
  • USIMINAS, Brasil - heat transfer coefficient measurements
  • VITKOVICE, Czech Republic – description of cooling for continuous casting simulator
  • Voestalpine Stahl GmbH, Austria - analysis of rolling cooling
  • VUHŽ, Czech Republic – amorphous strip casting, modelling of thermal processes, secondary cooling in continuous casting.
  • ALUCAST Ltd., Structure and Quality of Casting for Various Methods of Mould Cooling
  • CUTISIN Ltd., Determination of Heat Transfer Coefficient for Air Nozzles
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