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“We need accurate combustion models, also in times of climate change”

Research profile

Dirk Roekaerts is a Full Professor in the section Energy Technology and Chair of Combustion of Sprays and Particle clouds Turbulent Flows at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research at TU/e aims to develop and validate accurate computational models of combustion processes involving particles and droplets, as for instance observed in spray flames in engines and gas turbines as well as biomass conversion systems. More generally, his research concerns reactive flows with phase change and heat transfer as occurring in many energy applications.

The studied systems show complex nonlinear behaviour as a result of the coupling of turbulence and highly temperature dependent chemical reactions. Methods of handling this combine fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and transport phenomena. The main challenge is to find the optimal combination of low computational cost and model accuracy in a certain context or application. This is also a central theme in MSc courses and graduation projects. Validation of computational results with experimental data always plays an important role.

Academic background

Dirk Roekaerts obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium in 1981. Next, during his civil service, he was responsible for organization of activities on ‘Science, Technology and Society’. As a Postdoc Researcher at the Universities of Essen, Germany, and Leuven, Belgium, he went on to investigate links between nonlinear phenomena, supersymmetry and stochastic processes.  From 1987 to 2005 he was a Research Physicist at the Shell Research and Technology Centre in Amsterdam, investigating complex flows in industrial equipment such as furnaces, gasifiers and chemical reactors. From 1991 until 2005 he was part-time professor at Delft University of Technology leading research projects on turbulent reacting flows. In addition to his work at TU/e, Dirk is also a Full professor at Delft University of Technology.

Affiliated with

  • TU/e Department Multiphase and Reactive Flows
  • TU Delft Department Process and Energy

Externe posities

Delft University of Technology

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Metals Chemische stoffen
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radiation Fysica en Astronomie
Channel flow Engineering en materiaalwetenschappen
Aluminum Chemische stoffen

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Onderzoeksoutput 1998 2019

3 Citaties (Scopus)
57 Downloads (Pure)

Large Eddy Simulation of CO2 diluted oxy-fuel spray flames

Ma, L., Huang, X. & Roekaerts, D., 1 aug 2017, In : Fuel. 201, blz. 165-175

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Open Access

Dust explosion propagation in small diameter pipes

Taveau, J., Lemkowitz, S., Hochgreb, S. & Roekaerts, D., 11 aug 2019, In : Process Safety Progress. 38, 3, 10 blz., e12033.

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Metal dusts explosion hazards and protection

Taveau, J. R., Lemkowitz, S. M., Hochgreb, S. & Roekaerts, D. J. E. M., 1 jan 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Transactions. 77, blz. 7-12 6 blz.

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Open Access
Industrial chemicals

Mixed convection and radiation heat transfer in porous media for solar thermal applications

Silvestri, S. & Roekaerts, D. J. E. M., 20 nov 2019, Convective heat transfer in porous media. Mahmoudi, Y., Hooman, K. & Vafai, K. (redactie). CRC Press, blz. 227-262

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heat transfer
solar collectors
13 Citaties (Scopus)

Explosion hazards of aluminum finishing operations

Taveau, J., Hochgreb, S., Lemkowitz, S. M. & Roekaerts, D. J. E. M., 1 jan 2018, In : Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. 51, blz. 84-93 10 blz.

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Open Access


Modelling combustion

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Numerical simulation of reacting flows in a gasifier

Auteur: van Rossum, M., 30 apr 2004

Begeleider: Roekaerts, D. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Bastiaans, R. (Afstudeerdocent 2)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master

Radiative transfer and combustion in a turbulent methane/air jet diffusion flame

Auteur: Verstappen, L., 31 aug 1994

Begeleider: Roekaerts, D. (Afstudeerdocent 1) & Barker, P. (Externe persoon) (Externe coach)

Scriptie/masterproef: Master