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

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  • 3225 Citations
1992 …2019
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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 1992 2019

7 Citations (Scopus)

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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dissipation
turbulence
vorticity
isotropy
confining
48 Citations (Scopus)

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Helicopter rotors
Aircraft
Aspect ratio
Torque
Aerodynamics
3 Citations (Scopus)

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

polygons
Spectrum analysis
spectrum analysis
Vortex flow
vortices

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.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

11 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

axisymmetric flow
scaling
Aspect ratio
aspect ratio
Vortex flow

Prizes

Best Paper Award

GertJan van Heijst (Recipient), 1 Jul 2012

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

Activities 1998 2009

  • 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

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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