• De Zaale, Gemini, GEM-Z 2.131

    5612 AJ Eindhoven


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

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Multiphase and Reactive Flows 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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Photo of S.E. (Ebrahim) Abtahizadeh

S.E. (Ebrahim) Abtahizadeh, MSc

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher

Photo of Hayri Akargün

Hayri Akargün, MSc

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

Photo of Bersan Akkurt

Bersan Akkurt, MSc

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)


Research Output 2007 2019

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

Borescopic particle image velocimetry in bubbling gas–solid fluidized beds

Banaei, M., Dellaert, R., Deen, N. G., Kuipers, J. A. M. & van Sint Annaland, M., 1 Apr 2019, In : Particuology. 43, p. 66-75

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Velocity measurement
Fluidized beds
Volume fraction

Direct and large-eddy simulation XI

Salvetti, M. V. (ed.), Armenio, V. (ed.), Fröhlich, J. (ed.), Geurts, B. J. (ed.) & Kuerten, J. G. M. (ed.), 2019, Berlin: Springer. 608 p. (ERCOFTAC Series; vol. 25)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademicpeer-review

large eddy simulation
turbulent flow
compressible flow
flow structure


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 2011 2019

Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science (Journal)

Bart P.M. van Esch (Editorial board member)
Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

CFD-DEM for understanding heat transport in reactive fluidized beds

N.G. Deen (Speaker), J.A.M. Kuipers (Speaker)
14 Sep 201715 Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

Over bubbels en poeders

N.G. Deen (Speaker)
10 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

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