Professor Jean-Marie Buchlin

J-M. BuchlinHead of Department Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics (since September 1st, 2009)


Docteur en Sciences Appliquées
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

+ 32 2 359 96 14

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Docteur en Sciences Appliquées de l'Université Libre de Bruxelles (1978)
Diplôme de l'Institut von Karman, (1972)
Diplôme de l'Institut des Sciences de l'Ingénieur de Nancy, France (1971)


1992-present      Professor (part time), Université Libre de  Bruxelles
1989-present      Professor, von Karman Institute,(VKI)
1983-1989         Associate Professor, VKI
1978-1983         Assistant Professor, VKI
1972-1978         Assistant de l'Institut d'Aéronautique, ULB


Prize of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1972
Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Association of Hydraulic Research - Cooling Tower Group,
Member of the Scientific College of the French National Institute of Research and Safety, Nancy France,
Member of the Quantitative InfraRed Thermography Steering Board
Member of the European Coating Symposium Scientific Committee
Member of the General Assembly for International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer,
International expert of the scientific evaluation of the IRSN debris-bed re-flooding research program
Jury member of the "Agence d’évaluation de la recherche et de l’enseignement supérieur (AERES), France",
Member of the IP Monitoring Panel of the French National Institute of Research and Safety, Nancy France.
Member of the committee for the review process of the Professor of Energy Technology at Aalto University School of Engineering.


Reviewer of Archival Journals: ASME-Journal of Heat Transfer, International Journal of Heat & Mass Transfer, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics, Journal of Optics & Laser in Engineering, Journal of Physics of Fluids, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, QIRT Journal
Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Fluid Mechanics JAFM
Conference and event organizer

  • 4th European Coating Symposium, Brussels ,2001
  • 7th  Quantitative Infrared Thermography, VKI, 2004
  • Urban Dispersion (of air borne matter) Modeling-RTO-MP-AVT-120, VKI 2004.
  • SFT 2010, Congrès français de thermique : Énergie et Transport Durable, En collaboration avec UVHC(lille),  FPM(B), Mines Douai (F) et Université d’Artois(F).  Le Touquet, Mai 2010.
  • International Workshop on “Innovative Nuclear Reactors Cooled By Heavy  Liquid Metals” in collaboration with ENEA (I), SCK-CEN (B), Pisa, Italy, April 2012.
  • SEARCH - 2nd TEC meeting, VKI, November 2012.
  • Eurotherm 96, Convective Heat Transfer Enhancement. In collaboration with the UVHC (Lille) and the Royal Military Academy of Brussels, September 17-19, 2013, Brussels.
  • SEARCH-Lecture Series, Fluid Mechanics and Chemistry for Safety issues in HLM reactors. In collaboration with SCK-CEN (B), VKI, November 2013.



  • Differential Equations in Fluid Dynamics (von Karman Institute 1.25 ECTS)
  • Methodology of applied fluid mechanics, (von Karman Institute, part of 5 ECTS)
  • Transport phenomena,
  • Fundamental of heat transfer in single and multiphase flows,
  • Internal incompressible and compressive flows,
  • Multidispersed flows
  • Liquid film coating


  • Numerical and Physical Modelling of Industrial Multiphase Flows, X  Collège de Polytechnique & ENS Cachan, 13-16 June, 2000
  • Int. Workshop on Multiphase and Complex Flow Simulation for Industry: Water Sprays as Mitigation Means, Cargèse, October 2003
  • Université de Bordeaux(France) ; Mitigation  par  Rideaux  d’Eau
  • du  laboratoire  à  l’application  industrielle, Juin 2005.
  • Ecole de Mines D’Alès (France) : Transfert de Chaleur Convectif &
    Thermographie Infrarouge (TIR), Septembre 2006.
  • Organisateur et enseignant du cours IPSI-CETIM: Les Ecoulements Diphasiques, 18- 20 septembre 2007, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris
  • ESAFORM Conference, A Methodological Study Of Fast Cooling By Multiple Impinging Gas Jets, Zaragoza, Spain, 18-20 April 2007.
  • Conférence Internationale sur la conversion et la maitrise de l’énergie : Le Transfert de Chaleur Convectif  & La Thermographie Infrarouge (ThIR), CICME’08, Sousse (Tunisia) Avril 2008.
  • 2nd International Conference on Energy Conversion and Conservation : Convective Heat Transfer  in Impinging Gas Jet Arrangements , CICME’10 , Hammamet,(Tunisia) , April 2010.
  • University of Mons: Cold droplets-hot surface interaction; Seminar,  May 2012.
  • École des Mînes d’Alès (France), lectures on “liquid pool evaporation” and “mitigation of toxic clouds by water curtains” 2011 -2012 -2013.



  • Compact heat exchanger and energy storage
  • Impinging gas jets-liquid sprays heat transfer
  • Phase change in porous media
  • Internal flows in cooling towers
  • Forced pollutant dispersion by fluid curtains
  • Free surface flow instability
  • Liquid film coating
  • Mitigation of major industrial hazards
  • Infrared thermography in fluid dynamics
  • Digital image processing in fluid dynamics
  • Multiphase flows in industrial processes
  • Thermohydraulic Safety in HLM Nuclear Reactor.


  • Heat transfer
  • Multiphase flows
  • Pollutant dispersion in unconfined and confined areas
  • Coating techniques by liquid films
  • Thermohydraulics Safety of HLM nuclear reactor


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