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1989 …2020
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David Smeulders is a Full Professor in the section Energy Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Chair of Engineering Thermodynamics for Energy Systems. His research interests include transport in porous media, gas dynamics, thermodynamics, acoustics and hydraulic fracturing. Tuition topics include transport in porous media, thermodynamics and gas dynamics and sustainable energy sources.

Research concentrates on two topics. The first is Microscale interface processes, where the system length scale is typically smaller than the length scale of the transport process over the considered interface. Applications are electrokinetic flows, micromixing, membrane technology, electronics cooling, condensation phenomena in (natural) gases, and hemodialysis. We also study fracture initiation and propagation in porous media and interfacial aspects of ionized porous media.

The second is Small-scale renewable energy systems, addressing the energy system as a whole rather than the individual process. Two renewable examples are hybrid PhotoVoltaic/Thermal (PV/T) systems and Heat Storage Systems. Also thermochemical treatment of biomass is investigated. Smallest scale physical processes are studied by coupling Molecular Dynamics analysis with a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo model.

Academic background

David Smeulders obtained his PhD in Physics from TU/e, with a thesis entitled “wave propagation in saturated and partially saturated porous media”. He also holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University. Before joining TU/e, he was Assistant and later Associate professor of Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics, Department of Civil Engineering and Technical Geosciences Delft University of Technology. He has been a visiting professor at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. (Grant Negev Desert Large Scale Facility (LSF) and at Le Mans, France (Grant Pays de la Loire.)

David speaks regularly at key international events. Recent appointments have included lectures at EPFL, Lausanne (2017), Conference on Technology Perspectives for Energy Storage, Prague (2015), the Symposium on Energy Geotechnics, Barcelona (2015), 2nd International Conference on Continuous Media with Microstructure, Łagów (2015) and Petrochina, Beijing (2010). He is or has been a member of over a dozen scientific/advisory committees and MSc/PhD committees worldwide and is on the Editorial Board of Transport in Porous Media.

Affiliated with

Acoustical Society of America ASA

Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE

Society of Exploration Geophysicists SEG

Member of the board of project leaders of the Dutch research school JMBC

European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers EAGE


Partners in (semi-)industry

Vice-president Technology, Dutch Petrophysical Society

Scientific Director, Geotechnology Laboratory, Delft University of Technology

Topconsortia for Knowledge and Innovation TKI Gas and TKIEnerGo

Program Council, Chemelot InSciTe

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Research Output 1989 2020

3 Citations (Scopus)
216 Downloads (Pure)

On the numerical simulation of crack interaction in hydraulic fracturing

Remij, E. W., Remmers, J. J. C., Huyghe, J. M. R. J. & Smeulders, D. M. J., 2018, In : Computational Geosciences. 22, 1, p. 423–437 15 p.

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Hydraulic fracturing
4 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)
magnesium chlorides
heat storage
5 Citations (Scopus)

An investigation of the step-wise propagation of a mode-II fracture in a poroelastic medium

Remij, E. W., Remmers, J. J. C., Huyghe, J. M. & Smeulders, D. M. J., 1 Mar 2017, In : Mechanics Research Communications. 80, p. 10-15 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Finite element method
shape functions
Pore pressure
16 Citations (Scopus)
83 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
heat storage
Magnesium Chloride
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8 Citations (Scopus)
67 Downloads (Pure)

Reactive force field development for magnesium chloride hydrates and its application for seasonal heat storage

Pathak, A. D., Gaastra-Nedea, S. V., Duin, van, A. C. T., Zondag, H. A., Rindt, C. C. M. & Smeulders, D. M. J., 23 May 2016, In : Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 18, 23, p. 15838 - 15847 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
magnesium chlorides
heat storage
Magnesium Chloride
Heat storage



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Student theses

Analysis of a variable geometry turbine with reduced vaneless space

Author: Willekens, T., 31 Oct 2012

Supervisor: Smeulders, D. (Supervisor 1), Boot, M. (Supervisor 2) & Eichhorn, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Biot- en Stoneley-golven in verschillende poreuze media

Author: Meulman, J., 31 Jul 1992

Supervisor: van Dongen, M. (Supervisor 1) & Smeulders, D. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Characterization of boiling heat transfer for steady and transient conditions

Author: van Dam, V., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Smeulders, D. (Supervisor 1), Speetjens, M. (Supervisor 2) & van Gils, R. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Connate water production from the Groningen gas field

Author: Corstjens, T., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Smeulders, D. (Supervisor 1), Schrama, E. (External person) (External coach) & Veeken, K. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Design and operation of a Tesla-type valve for pulsating heat pipes

Author: de Vries, S., 22 Mar 2016

Supervisor: Frijns, A. (Supervisor 1), Florea, D. (Supervisor 2), Smeulders, D. (Supervisor 2) & van der Geld, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master