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Persoonlijk profiel

Research profile

Bert Blocken is a Belgian national and a Civil Engineer holding a PhD in Building Physics from KU Leuven in Belgium. He is a Full Professor at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and a part-time Full Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. His areas of expertise are urban physics, wind engineering & sports aerodynamics.

His research activities include both basic and applied research. The methods applied are numerical simulation with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel testing and field experimentation. The basic research is mainly focused on CFD grid generation, wall function development and analysis of basic flow phenomena. The applied research includes topics of high societal relevance and impact such as climate adaptation of buildings and cities, air pollution, wind energy and important aerodynamic effects in cycling that can be decisive in terms of winning or losing the race.

Academic background

Bert Blocken obtained his MSc (with great distinction) in Civil Engineering from KU Leuven, where he also received his PhD in Building Physics. In addition to his work at TU/e, Bert is a part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. He is the scientific director of the Eindhoven Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel facility. He also developed TU/e’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Sports & Building Aerodynamics’ on the Coursera platform. He received the 2011 and 2018 Best Bachelor Teacher Award from the students at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology. He received the 2013 Junior Award from the International Association of Wind Engineering.

The 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier list Bert as one of the 150 most cited researchers worldwide in both Civil Engineering and Energy Science & Engineering. He is listed as 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) for the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science Core Collection (https://hcr.clarivate.com). He is editor of the journal Building & Environment, associate editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics and assistant editor of the journal Sports Engineering. Bert is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Building Simulation and the International Journal of Ventilation. He has published 178 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is leading a research team of 5 senior researchers, 26 PhD students and 5 MSc students.

Quote

“How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?” (Albert Einstein)

Affiliated with

Unit Building Physics & Services, Department of the Built Environment, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands

Section Building Physics, Department of Civil Engineering, KU Leuven, Belgium

Opleiding / Academische kwalificatie

Science and technology, Doctor, KU Leuven

1 okt 199827 mei 2004

Science and technology, Master, KU Leuven

1 okt 19943 jul 1998

Externe posities

Gewoon Hoogleraar, KU Leuven

1 okt 201830 sep 2023

Hoogleraar KU Leuven, België

1 okt 201330 sep 2018

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Computational fluid dynamics Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Ventilation Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Facades Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Rain Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Wind tunnels Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
computational fluid dynamics Aarde en milieuwetenschappen
Computer simulation Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
simulation Aarde en milieuwetenschappen

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Onderzoeksoutput 1999 2019

265 Citaties (Scopus)

50 Years of computational wind engineering : past, present and future

Blocken, B., 2014, In : Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 129, blz. 69-102 34 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Computational fluid dynamics
Facades
Engineering research
Ventilation
Wind tunnels
194 Citaties (Scopus)
Open Access
Bestand
computational fluid dynamics
physics
Computational fluid dynamics
Physics
simulation
730 Citaties (Scopus)

CFD simulation of the atmospheric boundary layer: wall function problems

Blocken, B., Stathopoulos, T. & Carmeliet, J., 2007, In : Atmospheric Environment. 41, 2, blz. 238-252 15 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

computational fluid dynamics
boundary layer
simulation
roughness
pipe
1 Citaat (Scopus)

Aerodynamics analysis of wheel configurations in Paralympic hand-cycling: a computational study

Mannion, P., Toparlar, Y., Hajdukiewicz, M., Clifford, E., Andrianne, T. & Blocken, B., 1 jul 2019, In : European Journal of Mechanics, B/Fluids. 76, blz. 50-65 16 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Cycling
wheels
aerodynamics
Aerodynamics
Wheel

CFD analysis of an exceptional cyclist sprint position

Blocken, B., van Druenen, T., Toparlar, Y. & Andrianne, T., 1 mrt 2019, In : Sports Engineering. 22, 1, 11 blz., 10

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access
Bestand
Aerodynamics
Computational fluid dynamics
Drag coefficient
Pressure
Pressure distribution

Prijzen

Award as Top-Cited Author from the ISI Journal Atmospheric Environment for the period 2007-2010.[ranked 4th on total of 2662 published articles in Scopus]

Bert Blocken (Ontvanger), 2010

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

boundary layer
simulation

Best Lecturer Award by Third-year Bachelor Students in the Department of the Built Environment

Bert Blocken (Ontvanger), 2011

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

bachelor
research method
physics
university teacher
student

Best Paper Award

Bert Blocken (Ontvanger), 1 jul 2012

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Best Paper Award : Computational modelling of convective heat and moisture transfer at exterior building surfaces

Bert Blocken (Ontvanger), 29 jun 2009

Prijs: AndersWerk, activiteit of publicatie gerelateerde prijzen (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Wetenschappelijk

Activiteiten 2007 2021

Building and Environment (Tijdschrift)

Bert J.E. Blocken (Lid redactieraad)
1 jan 202131 dec 2021

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

9th International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications (Evenement)

Bert Blocken (Lid)
20 jul 202023 jul 2020

Activiteit: Types lidmaatschapLidmaatschap van commissieWetenschappelijk

Wind and Fluid Engineering Research Center, Niigata Institute of Technology, Japan (Externe organisatie)

Bert J.E. Blocken (Adviseur)
1 jan 202031 dec 2020

Activiteit: Types lidmaatschapLidmaatschap van bestuurWetenschappelijk

Building and Environment (Tijdschrift)

Bert J.E. Blocken (Lid redactieraad)
1 jan 202031 dec 2020

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

15th International Conference on Wind Engineering (Evenement)

Bert Blocken (Lid)
1 sep 20196 sep 2019

Activiteit: Types lidmaatschapLidmaatschap van commissieWetenschappelijk

Scriptie

Accoustic scattering and diffusion of an object on a background surface using the boundary element method

Auteur: Brouns, E., 30 nov 2015

Begeleider: Blocken, B. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Hornikx, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Hak, C. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Bestand

Air-gun mechanism investigated: the flow dynamics of spore discharge by Sphagnum mosses

Auteur: Lejeune, G., 30 jun 2012

Begeleider: van Heijst, G. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Leeuwen, van, J. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach) & Blocken, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Bestand

A preliminary study on atmospheric dry deposition on building facades

Auteur: Slaat, G., 31 mrt 2011

Begeleider: Blocken, B. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Goossens, D. R. (Externe persoon) (Afstudeerdocent 2), de Wit, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2), Diepens, J. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Defraeye, T. (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Bestand

Assessment tools for sustainable district development: an analysis of the implementation of energy aspects in sustainability assessment tools for district development

Auteur: Krikke, T., 30 jun 2011

Begeleider: Hensen, J. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Blocken, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Willems, M. (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Bestand

A study on the airflow in a mechanically ventilated one-storey-high active facade

Auteur: Pegge, E., 30 apr 2007

Begeleider: Carmeliet, J. (Afstudeerdocent 1), Blocken, B. (Afstudeerdocent 2), de Wit, M. (Afstudeerdocent 2) & Bosschaerts, W. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Bestand