Research at the Hydraulic engineering lab

The Hydraulic engineering lab at Nuremberg Tech (LWN) has and continues to run numerous research projects in the field of fluid mechanics in civil engineering, hydraulic engineering, and water resource management. Work is also carried out in the field of physical, numerical and hybrid modelling on behalf of authorities and companies, often in collaboration with engineering firms. Investigations are also conducted as part of basic research and in the context of student exam papers. Our research currently focuses on the following areas:

  • Obtaining high-resolution datasets to verify numerical models
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Physical modelling of specific hydraulic engineering problems (flood spillways, ice jams at bridges, etc.)
  • Developing contactless high-resolution hydrometric processes for taking measurements both in the lab and in the field

In the field of hydraulic engineering, we are currently focusing specifically on investigations, consultancy, and seminar events on the following areas:

  • Flood prevention
  • Flood spillways
  • Flow and swell modelling
  • Hydraulics of small hydroelectric power stations
  • Load sizes on hydraulic systems due to ice


For a comprehensive list of our projects and research reports, please visit the website of the

IWWN, Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management