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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 2020

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., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : AIChE Journal. e16889.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Bubbles (in fluids)
Industry
Mass transfer
Boundary layers
Bubble columns
9 Downloads (Pure)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Direct numerical simulation
Packed beds
simulation
discrete element method
mass transport

Scaling method of CFD-DEM simulations for gas-solid flows in risers

Mu, L., Buist, K. A., Kuipers, J. A. M. & Deen, N. G., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Chemical Engineering Science: X. 100054.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Flow of solids
Computational fluid dynamics
Gases
Hydrodynamics
Fluidized beds
24 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
Phase transitions
Direct numerical simulation
Bubbles (in fluids)
Gravitation
Temperature distribution
3 Downloads (Pure)

Borescopic particle image velocimetry in bubbling gas–solid fluidized beds

Banaei, M., Dellaert, R., Deen, N. G., Kuipers, J. A. M. & van Sint Annaland, M., 1 Apr 2019, In : Particuology. 43, p. 66-75 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Velocity measurement
Fluidized beds
Positrons
Volume fraction
Mass transfer

Prizes

Honorary professorship

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

Prize: OtherHonorary degreesScientific

Physics
heat transfer
mass transfer
gas
modeling
momentum

Netherlands Center for Multiscale Energy Conversion

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

Prize: NWOGravitationScientific

Netherlands
energy
selection procedure
Ministry of Education
funding

Activities 1994 2019

  • 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

File

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