Brno University of Technology was founded in 1899. It is situated in the South Moravia region of the Czech Republic, close to Vienna. With more than 20,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in the country. It covers all technical disciplines: mechanical, civil and electrical enginee-ring, computer science, chemistry and chemical engineering and management. A wide range of master programmes are on offer, as well as doctoral programmes for about 2000 postgraduate students. Intensive collaboration with industry as well as the support of small innovative businesses has brought many companies to the region.
The university faculties are located in the city of Brno. There is also a campus, which houses more than 6000 students. The Czech Technology Park, located in the vicinity of the campus, facilitates close academic-industrial collaboration with companies such as SIEMENS, IBM and several others. The BUT Incubator and Technology Transfer Centre support research and enterprise, e.g. by providing consultancy to start-up companies and advice on EU programmes.
The Sport Centre offers around 40 sport activities at various levels for students and staff. The Lifelong Learning Centre provides language courses in English, German, French and Spanish and other languages. The International Student Office helps the growing number of Socrates/Erasmus students to integrate into their new environment; it also provides support for their study in English. There are several master programmes that are taught in English.
The Department of Thermodynamics and Environmental Engineering has research expertise in thermodynamics and heat transfer, two-phase flow instabilities and atomization. Experimental aspects as well as theoretical (CFD) aspects are covered. The staff comprises 2 professors, 3 senior lecturers and 4 lecturers; there are also 15 postgraduate students. The department houses the Spray Laboratory, which has a range of facilities, such as laser diagnostic systems, PLIF systems and test rigs with data acquisition systems. For CFD computations, a 50 node Linux/Intel cluster is available with the commercial codes STAR-CD and CFX and the research code KIVA-3V. For pre- and post-processing, a 64-bit Linux PC is available.