G.J.F. (Gert-Jan) van Heijst

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  • 3544 Citations
1993 …2020

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“A model should be as simple as possible, but never too simple.

Research profile

GertJan van Heijst is full professor in fluid dynamics at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests include geophysical and environmental fluid mechanics, in particular vortices and turbulence in rotating and stratified flows, two-dimensional turbulence, dispersion in turbulent flows, and erosion and sedimentation processes. Most of this research is a combination of laboratory experiments, theoretical modelling and numerical simulation.  

Van Heijst has previously been an associate editor of Physics of Fluids and of Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, and has been co-editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Mechanics B/Fluids since 1999. He is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1997), member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (since 2010), and recipient of the Dutch Physica Award (2006). Van Heijst has played an active role in EUROMECH, as member (and chairman) of the ETC and EFMC conference committees. In 2008, he was elected as Fellow, and since 2010 he has been a member of the Council. Per January 2013, he serves as President of EUROMECH. Since 1991, he has been one of the local directors of the J M Burgers Centre, the national Dutch research school for fluid dynamics, and he became its scientific director in 2014. 

Academic background

GertJan van Heijst obtained his PhD degree from the University of Twente in 1981Afterwards, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK) for a time, where he continued his research on the dynamics of rotating flows. In 1982, Van Heijst became Lecturer at the Institute of Meteorology and Oceanography at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Utrecht. His research concerned fundamental aspects of geophysical flows, in particular the effects of background rotation and density stratification. In 1990 he was appointed Full Professor in Fluid Dynamics in the Department of Applied Physics at TU/e. 

Affiliated with

  • JM Burgerscentrum 

  • 4TU Research Centre Fluid & Solid Mechanics 

  • Delft University of Technology

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Research Output

Dissipation of coherent structures in confined two-dimensional turbulence

Clercx, H. J. H. & van Heijst, G. J. F., 18 Jul 2017, In : Physics of Fluids. 29, 11, p. 1-15 15 p., 111103.

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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
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    Hummingbird wing efficacy depends on aspect ratio and compares with helicopter rotors

    Kruyt, J. W., Quicazan-Rubio, E. M., van Heijst, G. J. F., Altshuler, D. L. & Lentink, D., 2014, In : Journal of Royal Society Interface. 11, 99, p. 1-12

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  • 55 Citations (Scopus)
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    Spectral analysis of point-vortex dynamics : first application to vortex polygons in a circular domain

    Speetjens, M. F. M., Meleshko, V. V. & Heijst, van, G. J. F., 2014, In : Fluid Dynamics Research. 46, 3, 21 p., 031402.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Vortex dynamics

    Heijst, van, G. J. F., 2012, Handbook of environmental fluid mechanics, volume one : overview and fundamentals. Fernando, H. J. S. (ed.). Boca Raton Fla: CRC Press, p. 403-413 635 p.

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    Scaling of decaying shallow axisymmetric swirl flows

    Durán Matute, M., Kamp, L. P. J., Trieling, R. R. & Heijst, van, G. J. F., 2010, In : Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 648, 1, p. 471-484 14 p.

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  • 11 Citations (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Best Paper Award

    GertJan van Heijst (Recipient), 1 Jul 2012

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

    Activities

    • 15 Contributed talk
    • 4 Invited talk
    • 2 Editorial activity

    Seminar at CICESE, Ensenada, Mexico

    GertJan van Heijst (Invited speaker)
    2 Dec 2009

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), Cambridge, UK

    GertJan van Heijst (Speaker)
    13 Nov 2009

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Mexican Physical Society, Acapulco, Mexico

    GertJan van Heijst (Speaker)
    26 Oct 2009

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Annual meeting Royal Dutch Zoological Society, Wageningen, The Netherlands

    GertJan van Heijst (Speaker)
    29 May 2009

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Seminar at Zernike Institute, RU Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

    GertJan van Heijst (Speaker)
    12 Feb 2009

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Courses

    Press / Media

    Prof Talk | Toys afloat at sea

    G.J.F. (Gert-Jan) van Heijst & Matias Duran Matute

    16/01/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    ‘Stubby’ Wings Let Hummingbirds Hover so Well

    G.J.F. (Gert-Jan) van Heijst

    29/03/15

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Stanford engineer helps crack mystery of bird flight

    G.J.F. (Gert-Jan) van Heijst

    23/03/1525/03/15

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    3D PTV applied to a viscous flow in a cylindrical domain

    Author: van der Starre, A., 31 Aug 2004

    Supervisor: Clercx, H. (Supervisor 1) & van Heijst, G. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Accounting for non-linear chemistry of shipping plumes in a global chemistry transport model

    Author: Vinken, G., 15 Oct 2010

    Supervisor: Boersma, K. (Supervisor 1) & van Heijst, G. (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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    Analysis of velocity profiles in curved tubes

    Author: Verkaik, A., 31 Mar 2008

    Supervisor: van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 1), van Heijst, G. (Supervisor 2), van de Ven, A. (Supervisor 2), van Riel, N. (Supervisor 2), Rutten, M. (Supervisor 2) & Beulen, B. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    An electromagnetically driven jet in a thin fluid layer

    Author: Emonts, L., 31 Aug 2004

    Supervisor: Trieling, R. (Supervisor 1), Kamp, L. (Supervisor 2) & van Heijst, G. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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