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“Design of polymer products and shaping processes benefit from a change from experimental trial-and-error to true quantitative predictive capability.”

Research profile

Patrick Anderson is professor in structure and rheology of complex fluids and chair of the polymer technology group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His present interests include structure development during flow, interfacial phenomena, additive manufacturing, and polymer processing. Teaching is focused on polymer processing, interfacial transport phenomena in engineering flows and computational continuum mechanics. The main research objective is to provide knowledge and models for the prediction and understanding of structure development during processing and the resulting final properties of polymeric products. These properties are determined by intrinsic (molecular) material parameters and, to a great extent, by the processing conditions.

Key topics are the development of computational methods to analyze flows where interfaces play a crucial role. The interfaces can be passive line in distributive mixing in both static and dynamic mixers. The mapping method has proven to be powerful in optimization of mixing processes, and is finding new applications in the field of microfluidics. For active interfaces, where interfacial tension and/or interfacial rheology is essential, novel methods are developed that couple bulk and interfacial behavior. The complex process of viscous drop coalescence over the complete range of length scales (about five orders) is tackled, hut also the effect of surfactants on drop deformation and breakup in shear flow has also been unraveled. Research also extends to development and application of diffuse-interface models to predict the morphology and rheology of polymer blends. This type of modelling is applied to describe polymer phase separation in complex flow.

Academic background

Patrick Anderson studied Applied Mathematics at TU/e where he received his PhD from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1999. His PhD work was on distributive mixing of polymer melts and solutions using combined computational and theoretical methods. Following a one-year break working for Océ Technologies on hot-melt inkjet printing he joined the Polymer Technology group. Patrick is on the Editorial Board of the International Scientific Committee of European Symposium of Polymer Blends. He is also a member of the Editorial Board and International Advisory Board of Macromolecular Materials Engineering and Chairman of the Dutch Society of Rheology. Patrick has been guest editor for Macromolecular Materials and Engineering. In addition, he served from 2015-2018 as a member-at-large for the Society of Rheology. During the last 12 years he had appointed visiting professorship at UCSB, Stanford and ETHZ.

Affiliated with

  • American Society of Physics
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Polymer Processing Society
  • Dutch Society of Rheology (Chairman)
  • RPK Rheology and Processing (Senior lecturer / lecturer)
  • Research school Eindhoven Polymer Laboratories (Scientific Director)
  • European Society of Rheology (Dutch representative)

Partners in (semi-)industry

Akzo, BASF, Bayer Technology Services, DSM, Exxonmobil , Fromagerie Bel, Oce ́ Technologies, Philips, Proctor and Gamble, RCCM, SABIC, Total, Teijing Twaron, Unilever

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Research Output 1996 2020

94 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Numerical investigation of the effect of insoluble surfactants on drop deformation and breakup in simple shear flow

Bajlekov, I. B., Anderson, P. D. & Meijer, H. E. H., 2006, In : Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 298, 1, p. 369-394

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Shear flow
Surface-Active Agents
Surface active agents
Surface tension
Finite volume method
16 Citations (Scopus)
56 Downloads (Pure)

Direct numerical simulation of particle alignment in viscoelastic fluids

Jaensson, N. O., Hulsen, M. A. & Anderson, P. D., 21 Jul 2016, In : Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics. 235, p. 125–142 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Viscoelastic Fluid
Direct numerical simulation
direct numerical simulation
56 Citations (Scopus)
765 Downloads (Pure)

On the performance of static mixers : a quantitative comparison

Meijer, H. E. H., Singh, M. K. & Anderson, P. D., 2012, In : Progress in Polymer Science. 37, 10, p. 1333-1349

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
pressure drop
Pressure drop
low pressure
void ratio
26 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Adaptive non-conformal mesh refinement and extended finite element method for viscous flow inside complex moving geometries

Sarhangi Fard, A., Hulsen, M. A., Meijer, H. E. H., Famili, N. M. & Anderson, P. D., 2012, In : International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids. 68, 8, p. 1031-1052

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Fictitious Domain Method
Extended Finite Element Method
Mesh Refinement
Viscous flow
6 Citations (Scopus)
121 Downloads (Pure)

Two-subsystem thermodynamics for the mechanics of aging amorphous solids

Semkiv, M., Anderson, P. D. & Hütter, M., 27 Feb 2017, In : Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics. 29, 2, p. 647-663

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Aging of materials
stress tensors


2017 Walters Prize

N.O. Jaensson (Recipient), Martien Hulsen (Recipient) & P.D. Anderson (Recipient), 2018

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

non-Newtonian fluid
fluid mechanics

Morand Lambla Award

Patrick D. Anderson (Recipient), 1 Jun 2008

Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedScientific


Student theses

Active microfluidic mixing using integrated actuators

Author: Bos, F., 31 May 2007

Supervisor: den Toonder, J. (Supervisor 1), Anderson, P. (Supervisor 2) & van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A diffuse-interface model of a red blood cell in flow

Author: Jaensson, N., 30 Apr 2012

Supervisor: van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 1), Anderson, P. (Supervisor 2), Hilbers, P. (Supervisor 2) & Toschi, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A finite element error estimator and some applications

Author: Anderson, P., 30 Apr 1994

Supervisor: Jansen, J. (Supervisor 1) & Reusken, A. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Application of spectral elements to multi-mode viscoelastic flows

Author: Verbeeten, W., 31 Aug 1996

Supervisor: Anderson, P. (Supervisor 1), van de Vosse, F. (Supervisor 2) & Baaijens, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Boundary integral simulations of drop coalescence

Author: Janssen, P., 31 Dec 2004

Supervisor: Meijer, H. (Supervisor 1), Anderson, P. (Supervisor 2), Peters, G. (Supervisor 2) & Kuerten, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master