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Prof. Harry Van Den Akker

Biography

Professor Harry Van den Akker, Professor in Transport Phenomena, Delft University of Technology has agreed to become the Bernal Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Limerick commencing in September 2013. Prior to joining the TUDelft, Professor Van den Akker was a research engineer at Shell Research in Amsterdam. He has held visiting appointments in Princeton and at King's College London. He was President of the Dutch Physical Society for 6 years, and Scientific Director of the Netherlands Research School in Process Technology for 12 years. He has supervised the work of 35 PhD students at Delft, mentored 7 assistant professors there, and has published some 140 peer reviewed journal articles. His h-index is 34 (Scopus). He is regarded as a world leader in the fluid dynamics of multiphase mixing.

Professor Van den Akker's published work is in the top 20 of articles cited from the major journals in the area including American Institute of Chemical Engineering Journal and Chemical Engineering Research and Development. Other journals having published his papers comprise Chemical Engineering Science, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Physics of Fluids, Powder Technology, and Physical Review E.

Current research interests: Applying Lattice Boltzmann techniques for simulating multi-phase flow processes at the meso-scale.

Publications

Book Chapters

2006

The details of turbulent mixing processes and their simulation
Van den Akker H.E.A.
(2006) The details of turbulent mixing processes and their simulation
In Advances in Chemical Engineering - Vol. 31; Amsterdam : Elsevier pp. 151-229

1992

A computational study on dispersing gas in a stirred reactor
Bakker A. and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(1992) A computational study on dispersing gas in a stirred reactor
In Fluid Mechanics of Mixing: Modelling, Operations and Experimental Techniques; Dordrecht : kluwer Academic Publ. pp. 37-46

1986

Chapter 5 - Momentum Equations in Dispersed Two-Phase Flows
Van den Akker H.E.A.
(1986) Chapter 5 - Momentum Equations in Dispersed Two-Phase Flows
In Encyclopedia of Fluid Mechanics Vol. 3; Houston : Gulf Publishing Comp. pp. 371-400

Peer Reviewed Journals

2013

Simulating Gas-Liquid Flows by Means of a Pseudo-potential Lattice Boltzmann Method
Kamali M.R. and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2013) Simulating Gas-Liquid Flows by Means of a Pseudo-potential Lattice Boltzmann Method
In Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research; pp. 11365-11377
DOI: 10.1021/ie303356u

2013

Direct numerical simulation of an exothermic gas-phase reaction in a packed bed with random particle distribution
Mousazadeh, F., Van den Akker, H. E. A. and Mudde, R. F.
(2013) Direct numerical simulation of an exothermic gas-phase reaction in a packed bed with random particle distribution
In Chemical Engineering Science; pp. 259-265
DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2013.02.019

2013

Lattice-Boltzmann-based two-phase thermal model for simulating phase change
Kamali M.R., J.J.J. Gillissen, H.E.A. Van den Akker and S. Sundaresan
(2013) Lattice-Boltzmann-based two-phase thermal model for simulating phase change
In Physical Review E; pp. Paper # 033302-
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.88.033302

2012

Eulerian simulation of heat transfer in a trickle bed reactor with constant wall temperature
Mousazadeh F., H.E.A. Van den Akker and R.F. Mudde
(2012) Eulerian simulation of heat transfer in a trickle bed reactor with constant wall temperature
In Chemical Engineering Journal; pp. 675-682

2012

A multi-component two-phase lattice-Boltzmann method applied to a 1-D Fischer-Tropsch reactor
Kamali M.R., S. Sundaresan, H.E.A. Van den Akker and J.J.J. Gillissen
(2012) A multi-component two-phase lattice-Boltzmann method applied to a 1-D Fischer-Tropsch reactor
In Chemical Engineering Journal; pp. 587-595
DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2012.07.019

2012

Direct Numerical Simulation of the turbulent flow in a baffled tank driven by a Rushton turbine
Gillissen J.J.J. and H.E.A. van den Akker
(2012) Direct Numerical Simulation of the turbulent flow in a baffled tank driven by a Rushton turbine
In Aiche Journal; pp. 3878-3890
DOI: 10.1002/aic.13762

2011

Avoiding crystallization of lorazepam during infusion
Vellema J., N.G.M. Hunfeld, H.E.A. Van den Akker and J.H. Ter Horst
(2011) Avoiding crystallization of lorazepam during infusion
In European J. Pharmaceutical Sciences; pp. 621-626
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejps.2011.10.010

2011

A lattice Boltzmann study on the drag force in bubble swarms
Gillissen J. J. J., S. Sundaresan and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2011) A lattice Boltzmann study on the drag force in bubble swarms
In Journal Of Fluid Mechanics; pp. 101-121
DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2011.125

2011

Contact line motion without slip in lattice Boltzmann simulations
Kamali M.R., J.J.J. Gillissen and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2011) Contact line motion without slip in lattice Boltzmann simulations
In Chemical Engineering Science; pp. 3452-3458
DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2011.04.010

2011

Reply to Comments on "Turbulent flow of shear-thinning liquids in stirred tanks-The effects of Reynolds number and flow index"
Venneker B. C. H., J.J. Derksen and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2011) Reply to Comments on "Turbulent flow of shear-thinning liquids in stirred tanks-The effects of Reynolds number and flow index"
In Chemical Engineering Research & Design; pp. 2194-2195
DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2010.11.007

2010

Turbulent flow of shear-thinning liquids in stirred tanks-The effects of Reynolds number and flow index
Venneker B.C.H., J.J. Derksen and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2010) Turbulent flow of shear-thinning liquids in stirred tanks-The effects of Reynolds number and flow index
In Chemical Engineering Research & Design; pp. 827-843
DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2010.01.002

2010

Toward A Truly Multi-scale Computational Strategy For Simulating Turbulent Two-Phase Flow Processes
Van den Akker H.E.A.
(2010) Toward A Truly Multi-scale Computational Strategy For Simulating Turbulent Two-Phase Flow Processes
In Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research; pp. 10780-10797
DOI: 10.1021/ie1006382

2009

Intensification of co-current gas-liquid reactors using structured catalytic packings: A multi-scale approach
Vervloet D., M.R. Kamali, J.J.J. Gillissen, J. Nijenhuis, H.E.A. Van den Akker, F. Kapteijn and J.R. Van Ommen
(2009) Intensification of co-current gas-liquid reactors using structured catalytic packings: A multi-scale approach
In Catalysis Today; pp. S138 -S143
DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2009.07.015

2009

Uniform Flow in Bubble Columns
Mudde R.F., W.K. Harteveld and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2009) Uniform Flow in Bubble Columns
In Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research; pp. 148-158
DOI: 10.1021/ie8000748

2009

Observational validation of the compensating mass flux through the shell around cumulus clouds
Heus T., C.F. J. Pols, H.J.J. Jonker, H.E.A. Van den Akker and D.H. Lenschow
(2009) Observational validation of the compensating mass flux through the shell around cumulus clouds
In Quarterly Journal Of The Royal Meteorological Society; pp. 101-112
DOI: 10.1002/qj.358

2008

An applicability study of advanced lattice-Boltzmann techniques for moving, no-slip boundaries and local grid refinement
Rohde M., J.J. Derksen and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2008) An applicability study of advanced lattice-Boltzmann techniques for moving, no-slip boundaries and local grid refinement
In Computers & Fluids; pp. 1238-1252

2008

Mixing in shallow cumulus clouds studied by Lagrangian particle tracking
Heus T., G. Van Dijk, H.J.J. Jonker and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2008) Mixing in shallow cumulus clouds studied by Lagrangian particle tracking
In Journal Of The Atmospheric Sciences; pp. 2581-2597

2008

Two-way coupled large-eddy simulations of the gas-solid flow in cyclone separators
Derksen J.J., S. Sundaresan and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2008) Two-way coupled large-eddy simulations of the gas-solid flow in cyclone separators
In Aiche Journal; pp. 872-885

2007

Large-eddy simulation of single-phase flow dynamics and mixing in an industrial crystallizer
Derksen J.J., K. Kontomaris, J.B. McLaughlin and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2007) Large-eddy simulation of single-phase flow dynamics and mixing in an industrial crystallizer
In Chemical Engineering Research & Design; pp. 169-179

2007

Numerical study on the turbulent reacting flow in the vicinity of the injector of an LDPE tubular reactor
Van Vliet E., J.J. Derksen, H.E.A. Van den Akker and R.O. Fox
(2007) Numerical study on the turbulent reacting flow in the vicinity of the injector of an LDPE tubular reactor
In Chemical Engineering Science; pp. 2435-2444

2007

Multi-scale simulations of stirred liquid-liquid dispersions
Derksen J.J. and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2007) Multi-scale simulations of stirred liquid-liquid dispersions
In Chemical Engineering Research & Design; pp. 697-702

2006

A generic, mass conservative local grid refinement technique for lattice-Boltzmann schemes
Rohde M., D. Kandhai, J.J. Derksen and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2006) A generic, mass conservative local grid refinement technique for lattice-Boltzmann schemes
In International Journal For Numerical Methods In Fluids; pp. 439-468

2006

Sub-critical flow past a circular cylinder surrounded by a porous layer
Sobera M.P., C.R. Kleijn and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2006) Sub-critical flow past a circular cylinder surrounded by a porous layer
In Phys. Fluids.; pp. Art. # 038106-

2006

Mixing times in a turbulent stirred tank by means of LES
Hartmann H., J.J. Derksen and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2006) Mixing times in a turbulent stirred tank by means of LES
In Aiche Journal; pp. 3696-3706

2006

Simulation of mass-loading effects in gas-solids cyclone separators
Derksen J.J., S. Sundaresan and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2006) Simulation of mass-loading effects in gas-solids cyclone separators
In Powder Technology; pp. 59-68

2006

Application of spectral forcing in lattice-Boltzmann simulations of homogeneous turbulence
Ten Cate A., E. Van Vliet, J.J. Derksen and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2006) Application of spectral forcing in lattice-Boltzmann simulations of homogeneous turbulence
In Computers & Fluids; pp. 1239-1251

2006

Numerical solution of a dissolution process in a stirred tank reactor
Hartmann H., J.J. Derksen and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2006) Numerical solution of a dissolution process in a stirred tank reactor
In Chemical Engineering Science; pp. 3025-3032

2005

Turbulent mixing in a tubular reactor: Assessment of an FDF/LES approach
Van Vliet E., J.J.Derksen and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2005) Turbulent mixing in a tubular reactor: Assessment of an FDF/LES approach
In Aiche Journal; pp. 725-739

2005

Estimation of turbulence power spectra for bubbly flows from Laser Doppler Anemometry signals
Harteveld W.K., R.F. Mudde and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2005) Estimation of turbulence power spectra for bubbly flows from Laser Doppler Anemometry signals
In Chemical Engineering Science; pp. 6160-6168

2005

On the accuracy of the void fraction measurements using optical probes in bubbly flows
Julia J.E., W.K. Harteveld, R.F.Mudde and H.E.A. Van den Akker
(2005) On the accuracy of the void fraction measurements using optical probes in bubbly flows
In Review Of Scientific Instruments; pp. Art. # 035103-

Conference Publications

1997

4th Intern. Conf. on Bioreactor and Bioprocess Fluid Dynamics
Van den Akker H.E.A.
(1997) 4th Intern. Conf. on Bioreactor and Bioprocess Fluid Dynamics
A. Nienow(Ed.) pp. 407-432 Edinburgh