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Hans Kuipers leads the research group Multiscale Modelling of Multiphase Flows. Using highly advanced computer simulations, Kuipers develops accurate models for new chemical reactors in the process industry, allowing the large-scale production of synthetic fuels, fertiliser, laundry soap, polymers and numerous other products.

Over the years the Kuipers group has made seminal contributions to the fundamentals of chemical reaction engineering. The current focus is on two topics:

Multiphase reactors. Here an important area of attention is the development of advanced reactor models for multiphase reactors of industrial relevance. The research focuses on the hydrodynamics since these pose major difficulties in the design and scale-up of multiphase reactors. The study of the interplay of flow phenomena with chemical reactions is also studied. Various types of CFD models (mainly based on “in house” codes) are used to study the relevant phenomena at all relevant length and time scales. This regards both multi-fluid models and models that treat the dispersed phase (particles, bubbles or droplets) in a discrete manner (accounting for possible encounters between the dispersed elements).

Non-invasive monitoring of multiphase flows. This is intimately connected to the first research topic and deals with the development of advanced experimental techniques to measure key quantities (i.e. local volume fractions and velocities of the dispersed and continuous phase). An example is the development of the 'Digital Particle Image Velocimetry' technique to measure in a non-intrusive manner the velocity map of both the liquid phase and dispersed gas bubbles in (dense) gas-liquid dispersions. This type of flow arises in a variety of gas-liquid contactors/reactors.

Academic background

Hans Kuipers studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente (UT, Enschede, The Netherlands) where he obtained his MSc in 1985. In the same year he started his PhD research on detailed microbalance modelling of gas-fluidized beds under supervision at the UT Reaction Engineering group of Prof. Wim van Swaaij. In 1990 he received his PhD degree and was appointed in the same year as Assistant Professor in the Reaction Engineering group. In 1994 he became Associate Professor and in 1999 he was appointed Full Professor in Fundamentals of Chemical Reaction Engineering at the University of Twente. From 2006 – 2010, he was the Scientific Director at the Institute of Mechanics Processes and Control Twente (IMPACT). In 2010, he moved to Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as Full Professor in Multiscale Modelling of Multiphase Flows. Since 2015 he is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences since. He has received an Advanced ERC grant in 2009, NWO CW TOP grants in 2005 and 2010 and he is co-recipient of an 31,9 million euro NWO gravitation grant for the "Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion" (2013).

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Research Output

An improved subgrid scale model for front‐tracking based simulations of mass transfer from bubbles

Claassen, C. M. Y., Islam, M. S., Peters, E. A. J. F. F., Deen, N. G., Kuipers, J. A. M. H. & Baltussen, M. W., 1 Apr 2020, In : AIChE Journal. 66, 4, 12 p., e16889.

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    Bubble formation from an orifice in liquid cross-flow

    Mirsandi, H., Smit, W. J., Kong, G., Baltussen, M. W., Peters, E. A. J. F. & Kuipers, J. A. M., 15 Apr 2020, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 386, 18 p., 120902.

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  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Deactivation Kinetics of the Catalytic Alkylation Reaction

    Sengar, A., van Santen, R. A. & Kuipers, J. A. M. H., 29 May 2020, In : ACS Catalysis. 10, p. 6988–7006 7006 p.

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  • Direct numerical simulation of a non-isothermal non-adiabatic packed bed reactor

    Chandra, V., Peters, E. A. J. F. & Kuipers, J. A. M., 1 Apr 2020, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 385, 16 p., 123641.

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    Prizes

    Honorary professorship

    J.A.M. (Hans) Kuipers (Recipient), 24 May 2019

    Prize: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

  • Netherlands Center for Multiscale Energy Conversion

    J.A.M. Kuipers (Recipient) & R.A. van Santen (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: NWOGravitationScientific

  • Activities

    • 35 Contributed talk
    • 18 Invited talk
    • 2 Keynote talk
    • 1 Poster presentation

    Progress and future challenges in the multi-scale modeling of multiphase chemical reactors

    J.A.M. (Hans) Kuipers (Speaker)
    26 Dec 201928 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Direct Numerical Simulation of three-phase flows

    J.A.M. (Hans) Kuipers (Speaker)
    11 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Introduction to Direct Numerical Simulation of multiphase flows using the Front Tracking method

    J.A.M. (Hans) Kuipers (Speaker)
    10 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Multi-scale simulation of two-phase and three-phase flows

    J.A.M. (Hans) Kuipers (Speaker)
    21 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Particle Resolved Simulation of Mass, Momentum and Heat Transport in Reactive Dense Gas-Particle Systems

    J.A.M. (Hans) Kuipers (Speaker)
    20 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Courses

    Student theses

    A computational study of turbulent jet behaviour in a spray dryer

    Author: Perederija, T., 30 Apr 2013

    Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), Padding, J. (Supervisor 2), van der Schaaf, J. (Supervisor 2) & Pawar, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Analysis on the inclusion of wire meshes in a bubble column

    Author: de Goeij, S., 31 Dec 2012

    Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), van der Geld, C. (Supervisor 2) & Jain, D. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    An experimental and numerical study on the bubble formation process

    Author: Bouaoud, K., 31 Jan 2013

    Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2), Toschi, F. (Supervisor 2) & Lau, Y. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    An investigation on heat transfer phenomena in fluidized bed reactors: an experimental and modelling approach

    Author: Janssen, T., 31 Aug 2016

    Supervisor: Li, Z. (Supervisor 1), Buist, K. (Supervisor 2), Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 2), Deen, N. (Supervisor 2) & Meuldijk, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    A study on the gas-solid interaction in arrays of freely-moving, spherical particles

    Author: van Duin, B., 1 Oct 2014

    Supervisor: Kuipers, J. (Supervisor 1), Clercx, H. (Supervisor 2), Padding, J. (Supervisor 2) & Kriebitzsch, S. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master