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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 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 assistant 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 178 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is leading a research team of 5 senior researchers, 26 PhD students and 5 MSc students.

Quote

“How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?” (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 1999 2019

266 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Computational fluid dynamics
Facades
Engineering research
Ventilation
Wind tunnels
194 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
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computational fluid dynamics
physics
Computational fluid dynamics
Physics
simulation
731 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

computational fluid dynamics
boundary layer
simulation
roughness
pipe
1 Citation (Scopus)

Aerodynamics analysis of wheel configurations in Paralympic hand-cycling: a computational study

Mannion, P., Toparlar, Y., Hajdukiewicz, M., Clifford, E., Andrianne, T. & Blocken, B., 1 Jul 2019, In : European Journal of Mechanics, B/Fluids. 76, p. 50-65 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cycling
wheels
aerodynamics
Aerodynamics
Wheel

CFD analysis of an exceptional cyclist sprint position

Blocken, B., van Druenen, T., Toparlar, Y. & Andrianne, T., 1 Mar 2019, In : Sports Engineering. 22, 1, 11 p., 10

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Aerodynamics
Computational fluid dynamics
Drag coefficient
Pressure
Pressure distribution

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

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

boundary layer
simulation

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

Bert Blocken (Recipient), 2011

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

bachelor
research method
physics
university teacher
student

Best Paper Award

Bert Blocken (Recipient), 1 Jul 2012

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

Best Paper Award : Computational modelling of convective heat and moisture transfer at exterior building surfaces

Bert Blocken (Recipient), 29 Jun 2009

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

Activities 2007 2021

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

9th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications (Event)

Bert Blocken (Member)
20 Jul 202023 Jul 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Wind and Fluid Engineering Research Center, Niigata Institute of Technology, Japan (External organisation)

Bert J.E. Blocken (Advisor)
1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership of boardScientific

Building and Environment (Journal)

Bert J.E. Blocken (Editorial board member)
1 Jan 202031 Dec 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

15th International Conference on Wind Engineering (Event)

Bert Blocken (Member)
1 Sep 20196 Sep 2019

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Press / Media

(HBvL Newspaper Article) Tijdswinst groter dan gedacht

Bert Blocken

24/07/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

(L'Equipe) La position d'Ewan au sprint est-elle avantageuse?

Bert Blocken

18/07/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

(L'Ultimo Uomo - SkySport) Quanto conta l’aerodinamica nel ciclismo

Bert Blocken

18/07/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

(Trouw.nl) Bauke Mollema is op eenmanskruistocht tegen de motoren in de koers

Bert Blocken

17/07/19

1 media contribution

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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