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Research profile

Bart van Esch is Associate Professor in the section Power&Flow at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His area of expertise is largely in thermal and fluid engineering, and energy conversion. Specific topics of interest include hydraulic turbomachinery and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

Bart is also senior hydraulic engineer at Bosman Watermanagement, where he is responsible for the design and analysis of pumping stations. His ‘hand-on experience’ in industrial applications is being used in education as well as in research projects. Examples include projects on minimization of energy usage in pumping stations and the development of new pump designs to minimize damage to fish.

A close research co-operation exists with several universities in China, notably Jiangsu University In Zhenjiang where Bart was appointed part-time professor.

Academic background

Bart van Esch received his MSc in Astronomy in 1990 from Leiden University and his Master of Technological Design in Computational Mechanics in 1992 from Twente University, where he also obtained his PhD in 1997. He was appointed assistant professor at TU/e in 1997, and part-time professor at Jiangsu University, China, in 2017.

Bart is affiliated to several scientific journals and conferences. He is an Advisory Board Member of Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Drainage and Irrigation Machinery Engineering, and Associate Editor of ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering (2012-2018). He was a member of the Organizing Committee of the 8th International Symposium on Pumping Machinery at AJK Joint Fluids Engineering Conference, member of the Scientific and Organizing Committee of the 16th and 17th Symposium on Transport Phenomena and Dynamics of Rotating Machinery, member of the Scientific Committee of the IAHR Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems (since 2010), and member of the International Scientific and Program Committee of the Conference on Modelling Fluid Flow (since 2004).

Education and Teaching

Awarded Best Teacher of the Year 2017
(Bachelor Mechanical Engineering, TU/e)

Affiliated with

  • Bosman Watermanagement B.V. (since 2000)
  • Editorial board of Dutch standard NEN8775 (since 2017)
  • Holland Science Network in China (since 2018) 
  • Research Center for Fluid Machinery Engineering and Technology , Jiangsu University, China (since 2017)
  • Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science (since 2019)
  • Journal of Fluids Engineering – Trans. ASME (since 2012)
  • Journal of Drainage and Irrigation Machinery Engineering (since 2011)
  • International Symposium on Pumping Machinery, ASME FEDSM (2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019)
  • International Scientific and Program Committee of the Conference on Modelling Fluid Flow, Budapest, Hungary (since 2004)

 

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Tata Steel, Signify (Philips), Flowserve, Wärtsilä, DAMEN Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Bosman Watermanagement, Deltares, STOWA, Rijkswaterstaat

External positions

Part-time professor, Jiangsu University

27 Oct 2017 → …

Associate Editor , American Society of Mechanical Engineers

1 Jan 201215 Dec 2018

Senior hydraulic engineer, Bosman Watermanagement Ltd.

1 Oct 2000 → …

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Research Output 1995 2019

56 Citations (Scopus)

Numerical and experimental investigation of tip leakage vortex trajectory and dynamics in an axial flow pump

Zhang, D., Shi, W., van Esch, B. P. M., Shi, L. & Dubuisson, M. H. R., 2015, In : Computers & Fluids. 112, p. 61-71 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Axial flow
Vortex flow
Trajectories
Pumps
Flow rate
7 Citations (Scopus)

Validation of a model to predict fish passage mortality in pumping stations

Esch, van, B. P. M. & Spierts, I. L. Y., 2014, In : Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 71, 12, p. 1910-1923

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

model validation
pumping
pump
mortality
pumps
9 Citations (Scopus)

Fish injury and mortality during passage through pumping stations

Esch, van, B. P. M., 2012, In : Journal of Fluids Engineering : Transactions of the ASME. 134, 7, p. 1-9 9 p., 071302

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Fish
Pumps
Centrifugal pumps
Computational fluid dynamics
Flow rate
55 Citations (Scopus)

Performance and radial loading of a mixed-flow pump under non-uniform suction flow

Esch, van, B. P. M., 2009, In : Journal of Fluids Engineering : Transactions of the ASME. 131, 5, p. 051101-1-051101-7

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Pumps
Dynamometers
Pipe
Sump pumps
Rotors
7 Citations (Scopus)

Creeping film model for condensed centrifugal separation processes

Willems, G. P., Esch, van, B. P. M., Brouwers, J. J. H. & Golombok, M., 2008, In : Chemical Engineering Science. 63, 13, p. 3358-3365

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Liquid films
Gases
Impurities
Steam
Centrifuges

Prizes

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

teachers
engineering

Activities 2011 2019

  • 3 Editorial activity

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

Journal of Fluids Engineering : Transactions of the ASME (Journal)

Bart P.M. van Esch (Editor)
15 May 201215 Dec 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Journal of Drainage and Irrigation Machinery Engineering (Journal)

Bart P.M. van Esch (Editorial board member)
1 Jan 2011

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Courses

Engineering Design

1/09/14 → …

Course

Erasmus research project 2

1/09/05 → …

Course

Honors project

1/09/18 → …

Course

Student theses

CFD berekeningen aan een inlaat van een waterjet voortstuwingssysteem

Author: Okumus, H., 31 Oct 1999

Supervisor: Brouwers, J. (Supervisor 1), van Esch, B. (Supervisor 2) & Kuerten, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Modification of velocity distribution in a straight pipe

Author: Stolk, J., 31 Mar 2002

Supervisor: Nyirenda, P. (Supervisor 1), Brouwers, J. (Supervisor 2) & van Esch, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Numerical analysis of a warming-up chamber

Author: Bastiaansen, T., 30 Jun 2012

Supervisor: Visser, F. (External person) (External coach), van Esch, B. (Supervisor 1), van der Geld, C. (Supervisor 2), Brouwers, J. (Supervisor 2) & Rindt, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Numerical investigation of instabilities in a mixed-flow pump

Author: Dubuisson, M., 31 Jan 2015

Supervisor: van Esch, B. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Numerical study on droplet breakup in the post-separator of an oil-water rotating particle separator

Author: Poppelaars, B., 31 Aug 2012

Supervisor: Brouwers, J. (Supervisor 1), van Esch, B. (Supervisor 2), van Kemenade, H. (Supervisor 2), Somers, L. (Supervisor 2) & Liebrand, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master