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Research profile

Bert Blocken is a Belgian national and a Civil Engineer holding a PhD in Civil Engineering / Building Physics from KU Leuven in Belgium. He is a Full Professor at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and a part-time Full Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. His areas of expertise are urban physics, wind engineering & sports aerodynamics.

His research activities include both basic and applied research. The methods applied are numerical simulation with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel testing and field experimentation. The basic research is mainly focused on CFD grid generation, wall function development and analysis of basic flow phenomena. The applied research includes topics of high societal relevance and impact such as climate adaptation of buildings and cities, air pollution, wind energy and important aerodynamic effects in cycling that can be decisive in terms of winning or losing the race.

Academic background

Bert Blocken obtained his MSc (with great distinction) in Civil Engineering from KU Leuven, where he also received his PhD in Building Physics. In addition to his work at TU/e, Bert is a part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. He is the scientific director of the Eindhoven Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel facility. He also developed TU/e’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Sports & Building Aerodynamics’ on the Coursera platform. He received the 2011 and 2018 Best Bachelor Teacher Award from the students at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology. He received the 2013 Junior Award from the International Association of Wind Engineering.

The 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier list Bert as one of the 150 most cited researchers worldwide in both Civil Engineering and Energy Science & Engineering. He is listed as 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) for the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science Core Collection (https://hcr.clarivate.com). He is editor of the journal Building & Environment, associate editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics and associate editor of the journal Sports Engineering. Bert is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Building Simulation and the International Journal of Ventilation. He has published 182 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is leading a research team of 5 senior researchers, 26 PhD students and 5 MSc students.

Quote

“ "One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have.” (Albert Einstein)

Affiliated with

Unit Building Physics & Services, Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

Section Building Physics, Department of Civil Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium

Education/Academic qualification

Science and technology, Doctor, KU Leuven

1 Oct 199827 May 2004

Science and technology, Master, KU Leuven

1 Oct 19943 Jul 1998

External positions

Full professor, KU Leuven

1 Oct 201830 Sep 2023

Full professor KU Leuven, Belgium

1 Oct 201330 Sep 2018

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Research Output

50 Years of computational wind engineering : past, present and future

Blocken, B., 2014, In : Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 129, p. 69-102 34 p.

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    CFD simulation of the atmospheric boundary layer: wall function problems

    Blocken, B., Stathopoulos, T. & Carmeliet, J., 2007, In : Atmospheric Environment. 41, 2, p. 238-252 15 p.

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    A novel approach to simulate pollutant dispersion in the built environment: Transport-based recurrence CFD

    Du, Y., Blocken, B. & Pirker, S., Mar 2020, In : Building and Environment. 170, 13 p., 106604.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Bicycle aerodynamics: history, state-of-the-art and future perspectives

    Malizia, F. & Blocken, B., May 2020, In : Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 200, 30 p., 104134.

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  • Prizes

    Award as Top-Cited Author from the ISI Journal Atmospheric Environment for the period 2007-2010.[ranked 4th on total of 2662 published articles in Scopus]

    Bert Blocken (Recipient), 2010

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

  • Best Bachelor Teacher Award from the students of the Department of the Built Environment (for the academic year 2017-2018)

    Bert Blocken (Recipient), 23 May 2019

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

    Best Lecturer Award by Third-year Bachelor Students in the Department of the Built Environment

    Bert Blocken (Recipient), 2011

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

  • Best Paper Award

    Bert Blocken (Recipient), 1 Jul 2012

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

    Activities

    Sports Engineering (Journal)

    Bert Blocken (Editor)
    1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Building Simulation (Journal)

    Bert Blocken (Guest editor)
    1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Scientific Director of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel of Eindhoven University of Technology

    Bert Blocken (Supervisor)
    1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

    Activity: Other activity typesOtherScientific

    Building and Environment (Journal)

    Bert Blocken (Editor)
    1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Building and Environment (Journal)

    Bert J.E. Blocken (Editorial board member)
    1 Jan 202131 Dec 2021

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    Press / Media

    Lapierre Aircode DRS, una bicicleta diseñada para el Groupama FDJ

    Bert Blocken

    12/03/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Lapierre Aircode DRS: la nueva rodadora y aero del Goupama-FDJ

    Bert Blocken

    11/03/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Lapierre confirms details of new Aircode DRS

    Bert Blocken

    11/03/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Nuova Lapierre Aircode DRS

    Bert Blocken

    11/03/20

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Nuova Lapierre Aircode DRS: più aerodinamica, più confortevole

    Bert Blocken

    11/03/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Student theses

    Accoustic scattering and diffusion of an object on a background surface using the boundary element method

    Author: Brouns, E., 30 Nov 2015

    Supervisor: Blocken, B. (Supervisor 1), Hornikx, M. (Supervisor 2) & Hak, C. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Air-gun mechanism investigated: the flow dynamics of spore discharge by Sphagnum mosses

    Author: Lejeune, G., 30 Jun 2012

    Supervisor: van Heijst, G. (Supervisor 1), Leeuwen, van, J. (External person) (External coach) & Blocken, B. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    A preliminary study on atmospheric dry deposition on building facades

    Author: Slaat, G., 31 Mar 2011

    Supervisor: Blocken, B. (Supervisor 1), Goossens, D. R. (External person) (Supervisor 2), de Wit, M. (Supervisor 2), Diepens, J. (Supervisor 2) & Defraeye, T. (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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    A study on the airflow in a mechanically ventilated one-storey-high active facade

    Author: Pegge, E., 30 Apr 2007

    Supervisor: Carmeliet, J. (Supervisor 1), Blocken, B. (Supervisor 2), de Wit, M. (Supervisor 2) & Bosschaerts, W. (External person) (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

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