Harry J. van Leeuwen


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1977 …2019

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Harry van Leeuwen (Vlaardingen, 1950) is an assistant professor in tribology in the Multiphase and Reactive Flows Group, headed by Professor Niels Deen, within the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
He obtained B.Sc. (1972) and M.Sc. degrees (1974, cum laude) at Twente University, Enschede, both in tribology, and a teaching license.

Upon finishing his studies he spent 2 years at Twente, and half a year at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and at the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY), to do research in dynamically loaded bearings and seals. In 1977 he joined the Applied Research Department of DAF Trucks in Eindhoven, where he worked on several projects on truck fuel economy (drag resistance optimisation, advisory system for gear shifting, engine bearing calculations).

In 1979 he went to Eindhoven University, where he did research on the lubrication of dynamically loaded lubricated hard contacts (cams) and started to teach tribology in design courses to 3rd year students. In the late 80’s he investigated lubricated soft contacts too, i.e. the lubrication and sealing action of radial lip seals. His research interests have always been in fluid film lubrication. During the late 90's until 2005 he has been mainly engaged in education, both in courses related to general mechanical engineering and tribology, as in topics related to the engineering profession, ethics and the society.

From 2005-2009 he was a Marie Curie Research Fellow with Shell Global Solutions in Hamburg, Germany, at the Shell Technical Centre STCHA (the former Shell PAE Labor). From 2009 he teaches in Engineering Design (BC) and Fuels and Lubricants (MC) courses, and supervises many students as their coach.
His present research interest is in the tribology of lubricating grease and base oils.

Harry van Leeuwen is a member of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers).


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