• De Zaale, Gemini South 2.131 (building 15)

    5612 AJ Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Mechanical Engineering

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Power & Flow focuses on clean and efficient combustion and process technology, to cater for fast-growing energy demands.

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Studying tomorrow’s fuels

Organisational profile

Today, we need to shift towards ultra-clean, highly efficient ‘low-temperature’ combustion methods. We are also seeing increased use of biofuels, and eventually the emergence of fuels derived from sustainable sources, such as solar and metal fuels. Optimizing combustion and process devices, in combination with different fuel formulations to minimize undesired emissions and maximize thermal efficiency, is essential to supporting both of these developments.  

More accurate and efficient validated models are required to describe the complex interplay between multiphase and/or reactive flows. These topics fall within the broader theme of process technology, which combines complex flow phenomena with physical and chemical conversions. 

We aim to educate and perform world-class scientific research on multiphase and reactive flows in the area of energy conversion and process technology, building a knowledge chain that consists of: 
  1. development of fundamental models based on first principles;
  2. experimental validation of these models;
  3. application and lab-scale demonstration of (reactive) multiphase contact equipment;
  4. development of predictive tools for practical and industrial applications, derived from the fundamental models based on first principles and experiment.

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Research Output 1990 2019

Open Access
Phase transitions
Direct numerical simulation
Bubbles (in fluids)
Temperature distribution

A novel strategy to accurately represent the carrier gas properties of droplets evaporating in a combustion environment

Sacomano Filho, F. L., Krieger Filho, G. C., van Oijen, J. A., Sadiki, A. & Janicka, J., 1 Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 137, p. 1141-1153 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

thermochemical properties

Biofibre viscosifiers for subsurface production

Platenburg, T., Golombok, M., Brown, S., Burns, A. & Burns, J., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology. 9, 1, p. 319-328

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Fracturing (fossil fuel deposits)
Shear thinning


Future Fuels Lab

Niels Deen (Manager) & Tess Homan (Manager)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Facility/equipment: Research lab

Combustion chambers
Heat flux
Fossil fuels


Appointed as Leading Scientist

Philip de Goey (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: OtherHonorary degreesScientific


Awarded Fellow of the Combustion Institute

Philip de Goey (Recipient), 1 Jan 2018

Recognition: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific


Best Teacher of the Year 2017

Bart van Esch (Recipient), 11 Apr 2017

Recognition: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


Activities 1998 2019

Tailoring bubble action for intensified gas-liquid contacting

Niels Deen (Speaker)
30 May 20193 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Fine iron powder as renewable dense energy carrier

Niels Deen (Speaker)
26 May 201931 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

On accurate coupling in Euler-lagrange simulations

Niels Deen (Speaker)
14 Mar 201915 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

Research areas

Combustion Systems and their Fuels

Mirna van den Boomen (Administrative support), Niels G. Deen (Content manager)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Complex Multiphase Flows

Niels G. Deen (Content manager), Mirna van den Boomen (Administrative support)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Metal Fuels as dense CO2-free Energy Carriers

Niels G. Deen (Content manager), Mirna van den Boomen (Administrative support)

Impact: Research Topic/Theme (at group level)

Student theses

A novel method of nitric oxide laser-induced fluorescence

Author: Bolderman, T., 26 Apr 2018

Supervisor: Dam, N. (Supervisor 1) & Maes, N. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Building a natural gas powered hybrid electric vehicle

Author: van den Broek, J., 30 Mar 2017

Supervisor: Vermeltfoort, B. (Supervisor 1) & Dam, N. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Direct numerical simulations of flow and heat transfer through realistic computer generated solid foams

Author: Sneijders, S., 22 Feb 2017

Supervisor: Kuipers, H. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), van der Schaaf, J. (Supervisor 2) & Das, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master