The JM Burgerscentrum (JMBC) is the Dutch research school for fluid mechanics. The Delft University of Technology is the coordinating university. The main goals of the JMBC are:
- Stimulation of co-operation of the participating groups with respect to their research efforts. It is the desire to be one of the leading institutes for fluid mechanics in the world.
- Organization of advanced courses for PhD-students. Researchers from industries and technological institutes also attend these courses.
- Co-operation with industries and technological institutes. The aim is to promote the use of up-to-date knowledge on fluid mechanics for solving practical problems.
- Strengthen the contacts between Dutch fluid mechanics research groups at universities and the international fluid mechanics community.
About 60 professors with their groups participate in the JMBC. These groups are located at the Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Twente , the University of Groningen, the Radboud University of Nijmegen, Leiden University, Wageningen University and Utrecht
University. They are from a number of disciplines; such as Civil Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Maritime Technology; (Applied) Physics; Aerospace Engineering; Applied Mathematics and Chemical Technology. The professors with their senior staff form the council of project leaders, which meets twice a year. There are about 250 PhD-students in the JMBC.
The JMBC has a scientific director who is responsible for the management of the research school; the JMBC secretary assists him. Three times per year he justifies his actions to the Board of the JMBC, and asks the Board for advice with respect to proposed new activities. He is also assisted by the Management Team, which consists of the local directors from the Delft University of Technology (also responsible for the group at the University of Leiden), Eindhoven University of Technology (also responsible for the groups at the University of Nijmegen, Wageningen University, and Utrecht University) and the University of Twente (also responsible for the group at the University of Groningen).
The research projects carried out by the JMBC-groups have been ordered in a number of research themes. The reason for this ordering is to present in each theme a combination of projects which have coherence. The themes are:
- Complex dynamics of fluids
- Complex structures of fluids
- Mathematical and computational methods for fluid flow analysis.
The JM Burgerscentrum has many good contacts with industries and technological institutes in The Netherlands. For that reason there is an Industrial Board, in which Unilever, Shell, Philips, Corus, AKZO-Nobel, DSM, Tejin Aramid, Gasunie, Verkeer en Waterstaat, Dow Benelux, ASML, TNO (Defence and Safety), NMI (VSL), Kema, Marin, TNO (Science and Industry), ESA/ESTEC, Deltares, NLR, ECN/NRG, TNO and Océ participates. The Industrial Board meet twice per year with the scientific director to discuss new activities of relevance to industries and technological institutes.
Each year there are many scientific contacts with research groups in other countries. For that reason there are often external visitors to the JMBC groups. JMBC staff also regularly visits foreign fluid-mechanics groups, and presents their work at international conferences.
The number of publications from JMBC staff in well-known scientific journals is considerable.
The JMBC has attracted top-experts in different fields of fluid mechanics to the JMBC. These experts have been appointed as JMBC-professors at the three Technological Universities and are financed by the Boards of the Technological Universities. They contribute considerably to the achievements of the research school.
An important activity of the JMBC is the organisation of the annual meeting of the research school (Burgersdag). This year about 200 persons attended the meeting. The theme of the meeting was research by JMBC PhD-students. Together with Engineering Mechanics (the research school on solid mechanics) the JMBC forms the Centre for Fluid Solid Mechanics. This Centre has been recognized as a centre of excellence in The Netherlands and has received significant funding by the Dutch Government for stimulating new research areas in fluid and solid mechanics.