Research School for Fluid Mechanics


This website of the J.M. Burgerscentrum provides an overview of the activities of our research school. The core of the website consists of the description of the research projects, carried out by the JMBC groups. As usual, a number of research highlights are presented. The website also provides general information about the research school, such as its goals, its organization, and its relation with industries and technological institutes.

The number of PhD projects carried out by the JMBC groups is still quite large (about 300). Although the sponsoring of such projects directly via the universities has become almost non-existing, the financing of projects via NWO (in particular FOM and STW) and via industries and technological institutes remains at a high level. Sponsoring of projects via the European Research Council is increasing. Finding funds for our PhD projects remains an important task for all JMBC groups.

The JMBC course programme for the academic year 2014 – 2015 contains the following courses: ‘PIV’, ‘Compressible flows’, ‘CFD 2’, ‘Geophysical Fluid Dynamics’, ‘Particle Technology’ en ‘Capillarity-driven micro-fluid mechanics’, while courses on ‘Particle-based modeling techniques’ en ‘Soft and granular matter’ are planned for the next year. These courses are organised in order to give the JMBC PhD students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in various aspects of fluid dynamics, but also to widen their perspective and give them an overview of the wide field of fluid dynamics. It is therefore recommended for our PhD students to take the opportunity and to participate in these courses.

The activities of the JMBC continue to ensure that the Dutch fluid mechanics field is a lively and well-connected community, with numerous mutual appointments at collaborating groups and collaborative research projects in which multiple JMBC groups participate. The JMBC contact groups continue to be an important instrument for cohesion. These contact groups stimulate interaction and collaboration between researchers, developers, and users. This is done through organizing regular meetings aimed at getting to know each other’s activities and learn about developments and applications. Another important instrument to maintain the coherence throughout the research school is the annual Burgersdag for all scientists involved in the JMBC and for many fluid-mechanics experts from industry, TNO and technological institutes. In January 2014 the Burgersdag attracted a large number of participants ( approximately 250).

On 4 July 2014 a joint workshop “Controlling multiphase flow” was organized by the JMBC together with the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) and FOM. This workshop took place in Amsterdam, kindly hosted by the Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam. The objective of this JMBC-ISPT-FOM workshop was to exchange knowledge on controlling multiphase flow between researchers from industry and academia and to provide an opportunity for networking. Besides, the discussions during the workshop were meant as important input for a position paper on a possible collaborative research programme in the field of multiphase flow. The workshop was well attended, with approximately 100 participants from industry and university groups. A small committee is now preparing a position paper.

In 2014 one new group was admitted to the Burgerscentrum: Prof. Karin Schroen and her group ‘Food and Bioprocess Engineering’ at Wageningen University became a member of the JMBC.
For admission of a new group, we follow a standard procedure. The group leader of the group that wishes to participate needs to submit a written motivation, a research plan and CVs of the staff members involved. Based on this application the scientific director asks a number of professors in the JMBC for advice. The application and the advice are then sent to the board of the JMBC, which takes the final decision.

Per 1 July 2014 Prof. Gijs Ooms stepped down as scientific director of the Burgerscentrum, after having served in this position for 17 years. He will be succeeded by Prof. GertJan van Heijst, who has his main affiliation at TU/e, but who will be appointed part-time at TU Delft. Prof. Gijs Ooms served the JMBC for a long time, and his name has become more or less equivalent with the Burgerscentrum. During the 17 years of his directorship, the Burgerscentrum has grown from a school with approximately 80 PhD students to its present size, with more than 300 participating PhD students and postdocs. The organisation of the JMBC has always been lean and efficient, mainly due to the approach taken by Prof. Ooms. His leadership style is greatly appreciated by all participant staff of the Burgerscentrum. At the occasion of his end of term, a special farewell session was held at the Burgersdag 2015, which took place at TU Delft.

Due to the enthusiasm and the combined knowledge, skills and facilities of the participating research groups, the JMBC remains to be a very stimulating, multidisciplinary environment for advanced research in fluid mechanics and for the education of talented graduate and postgraduate students. The board and the management team of the JMBC highly value the large effort of the staff of the JMBC in reaching the goals of the research school. GJF van Heijst
Scientific Director