• 13637 Citations
1990 …2019
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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 1990 2019

Direct numerical simulation of hydrodynamic dispersion in open-cell solid foams

Chandra, V., Das, S., Peters, E. A. J. F. & Kuipers, J. A. M., 15 Feb 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 358, p. 1305-1323 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Direct numerical simulation
foam
Foams
Hydrodynamics
hydrodynamics

Droplet collision dynamics in a spray dryer: experiments and simulations

Finotello, G., 6 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Effect of flow and fluid properties on the mobility of multiphase flows through porous media

Patel, H. V., Kuipers, J. A. M. & Peters, E. A. J. F., 16 Jan 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Science. 193, p. 243-254 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Multiphase flow
Porous materials
Oils
Fluids
Contact angle
2 Citations

A granular Discrete Element Method for arbitrary convex particle shapes: mMethod and packing generation

Seelen, L. J. H., Padding, J. T. & Kuipers, J. A. M., 2 Nov 2018, In : Chemical Engineering Science. 189, p. 84-101 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Finite difference method
Point contacts
Aspect ratio
Sand
Torque

An improved ghost-cell sharp interface immersed boundary method with direct forcing for particle laden flows

Maitri, R. V., Das, S., Kuipers, J. A. M., Padding, J. T. & Peters, E. A. J. F., 15 Oct 2018, In : Computers and Fluids. 175, p. 111-128

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Direct numerical simulation
Torque

Prizes

Multi-scale modeling of mass and heat transfer in dense gas-solid flows

Hans Kuipers (Recipient), 2009

Recognition: ERCAdvancedScientific

heat transfer
mass transfer
gas
modeling
momentum

Netherlands Center for Multiscale Energy Conversion

Hans Kuipers (Recipient) & Rutger van Santen (Recipient), 2014

Recognition: NWOGravitationScientific

Netherlands
energy
selection procedure
Ministry of Education
funding

Activities 1994 2018

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

Multi-scale modelling of mass, momentum and heat transport in dense bubbly flows

Kuipers, H. (Keynote speaker)
21 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkScientific

Multi-scale modelling of mass, momentum and heat transport in dense gas-particle flows

Kuipers, H. (Speaker)
22 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkScientific

Recent Advances in the multi-scale simulation of mass, momentum and heat transfer in dense bubbly flows

Kuipers, H. (Speaker)
22 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talkScientific

Multi-scale simulation of mass, momentum and heat transport in dense dispersed multi-phase flows

Kuipers, H. (Speaker)
28 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed talkScientific

Multi-scale methods for fluidized bed reactors

Kuipers, H. (Speaker)
25 Jan 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationContributed 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) & Tang, Y. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master