Division for Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics (Thermofluids)

at Stellenbosch University’s Department of Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering.

Welcome to the Thermofluids Division website. One of three divisions in Stellenbosch University’s Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, our work is largely located in the Department’s “Energy and the Environment” theme. Our division offers extensive specialist expertise and is equipped with considerable computational and laboratory facilities which enable research and development work over a wide range of relevant fields.

Areas of Expertise


Computational Fluid Dynamics

Fluid mechanics

Heat transfer

Industrial heat exchangers

Thermal energy systems


Renewable Energy



Our current research endeavours span a wide range of areas in the fields of fundamental and applied thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics. We conduct experimental, numerical and theoretical research for academic and commercial purposes.

Education and Training

We provide a variety of education and training services in thermofluids related knowledge areas, with a focus on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering. Additional training via short courses, workshops and internships is available on request.


Our team of qualified engineers includes nine Engineering Council of South Africa Professional Engineers and over a century of industry experience. Our consulting services include, for example, component performance characterisation / verification, design, simulation and analysis, and provide industry with unique access to our extensive laboratory and computational resources and expertise.


Our extensive Thermofluids laboratories (~4000 m2) are equipped with state-of-the-art measurement equipment and well supported by a fully equipped mechanical workshop and an experienced team of laboratory engineers and technical staff. We have access to a variety of commercial and open-source software packages and our simualtion activities are supported by the South African Centre for High Performance Computing supercomputer (~33 000 compute cores).


Stellenbosch University’s Vision 2040 aim is to be Africa’s leading research-intensive university. Our team works hard to contribute to this goal through our research publications in leading international journals and conferences.