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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

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

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    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.

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  • 19 Citations (Scopus)
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    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

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  • 59 Citations (Scopus)
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    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

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  • 26 Citations (Scopus)
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    Two-subsystem thermodynamics for the mechanics of aging amorphous solids

    Semkiv, M., Anderson, P. D. & Hütter, M., Mar 2017, In : Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics. 29, 2, p. 647-663 17 p.

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    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

  • Morand Lambla Award

    Patrick D. Anderson (Recipient), 1 Jun 2008

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  • 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