Professor Jeroen van Beeck

J.P.A.J. van BeeckDean of the Faculty
Full Professor and Head of the Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department

Ph.D. in Applied Physics,
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

+32 2 359 96 78

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  • PhD Eindhoven University of Technology (1997)
  • VKI Diploma Course – specialization in Fluid Dynamics  with honours (1993)
  • Masters Degree in Applied Physics (1992)


1 October 2018: Dean of the Faculty and Heat of the Environmental And Applied Fluid Dynamics Departement, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

present: Full Professor at von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

present: Guest Professor in Experimental Fluid Dynamics at Vrije Universiteit Brussel

2003 – 2009: Associate Professor at VKI

1997 – 2003: Assistant Professor at VKI


  • Winner of the VKI Excellence in Experimental Research Award 1993
  • Best presentation award at 19th Annual Meeting of the Institute for Liquid Atomisation and Spray Systems ILASS 2004
  • Winner of best poster in EWEA2012 “Influence of wind turbine induced turbulence on ultralight aircraft, a CFD analysis”
  • Belgian representative in management committee of EC-funded COST Actions C14, 732 & WINERCOST
  • Member Vlaams-Nederlandse Stuurgroep Wind Technology
  • Member of Association Engineering du Vent France, Belgium, Suisse
  • Member of Association Francophone de Vélocimétrie Laser
  • Member of Optimess, Flemish Network in Optical Measurement Techniques
  • Member of EAWE, European Academy of Wind Energy
  • Member of BERA, Belgian Energy Research Alliance


Project evaluations (including Ph.D jury): IWT, EC, ONERA, CEA, Université de Rouen, Ecole des Ponts (Paristech), TU Eindhoven, TU Delft, all Belgian universities.

Reviewer for Journals: Atmospheric Environment, Boundary Layer Meteorology, Applied Optics, Applied Mechanics, Chemical Engineering Communications, Chemical Engineering Sciences, Experiments in Fluids, Flow Turbulence and Combustion, Wind & Structures, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Measurement, Science & Technology, Journal of Optical Society of America A, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer.

Committee member or organizer of Conferences: IBPC2009, COSTC14, PHYSMOD, EWEA, EAWE.



  • Advanced experimental techniques (LDV, PIV, Infrared Thermometry) (6 ECTS)
  • Introduction to the mechanics of turbulence (2.5 ECTS)
  • Numerical simulation of industrial problems (2.75 ECTS)
  • Methodology of applied fluid dynamics (5 ECTS)
  • Industrial design exercise (3.5 ECTS)


  • PHOTOMEC2, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, February 2003
  • Conference of COST ACTION C14 on “Impact of wind and storm on city life and built environment”, von Karman Institute, Belgium, May 2004
  • Colloquia on “Turbulence and optical measurement techniques” at OCAS and FVL (Paris), TU Eindhoven, TU Delft, and KVIV (Antwerpen)
  • ETH Zuerich, Energy and Wind Research for Future Cities and Societies, 2011
  • TU Eindhoven, Eindhoven Multiscale Institute (EMI) colloquium, 2013

CONFERENCE AND EVENT ORGANIZER (conferences, lecture series, workshops)

  • Organizer of COSTC14 final conference at VKI
  • Organizer of PHYSMOD2009 international workshop at VKI
  • Organizer of 21 VKI Lecture Series



  • Two-phase flows: Optical diagnostics development for liquid sprays, cloud droplets and bubbles; Nucleation, condensation, evaporation in flashing and electrochemical environments; Water spray curtains
  • Wind technology: Wind resource assessment for wind turbines siting; Pedestrian wind comfort around high-rise buildings; Wind loading on buildings; Gas and smoke dispersion in urban environments; Snow and sand transport; Acoustics and vibrations.
  • Vehicle aerodynamics: Drag reduction of bluff bodies like race bikes, bobsleigh, low-consumption cars


Principal investigator of funded research on:

  • Wind effect on buildings and landscapes
  • Gas dispersion in semi-confined urban areas
  • Urban wind turbines
  • Wind resource assessment for wind turbines
  • Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • Ice crystal and cloud droplet airborne instrumentation
  • Industrial problems


Click here to download the list of publications

  1. Munoz-Esparza, D.; Canadillas,B.; Neumaan, T.; van Beeck, J.P.A.J.: Turbulent fluxes, stability and shear in the offshore environment: WRF mesoscale modelling and field observations at FINO1, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Vol. 4, Published online 11 December 2012, 063136, (JCR Impact Factor 1.214)
  2. Sanz Rodrigo, J.; Lenaerts J.T.M.; Van Den broeke M.R.; van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Buchlin, J.-M.: Evaluation of Antarctic Surface Winds from ERA Reanalyzes and RACMO2/ANT Simulations Based on Automatic Weather Stations, Climate Dynamics, Vol. 40, Issue 1, January 2013, Page 353-376, DOI 10.1007/s00382-012-1396-y (JCR Impact Factor 4.602)
  3. Conan, B; van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Aubraun, S.: Sand erosion technique applied to wind resource assessment, Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (2012),, Vol. 104–106, 2012, pp. 322–329 (JCR Impact Factor 1.119)
  4. Sanz Rodrigo, J.; van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Buchlin, J.-M.: Wind Engineering in the integrated design of Princess Elisabeth Antarctic base, Building and Environment 52 (2012),, pp. 1-18 (JCR Impact Factor 2.4)
  5. Parente, A.; Gorlé, C.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Benocci, C.: Improved k-? model and wall function formulation for the RANS simulation of ABL flows
    Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 2011, doi:10.1016/j.jweia.2010.12.017
  6. Gorlé, C.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Rambaud, P.: Dispersion in the wake of a rectangular building: validation of two Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes modelling approaches, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 2010, Vol. 137, Issue 1, pp 115-133
  7. De Somer, F.M.J.J.; Vetrano, M.R.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Van Nooten, G.J.: Extracorporeal bubbles: a word of caution, Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery, Vol. 10, 2010, pp 995-1001; originally published online Mar 2, 2010
  8. Blocken, B.; Dezsö-Weidinger, G.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Carmeliet, J.: Comparison of calculation models for wind-driven rain deposition on building facades, Atmospheric Environment, May 2010, Vol. 44, Issue 4, pp 1714-1725
  9. Tomasoni, F.; Van Parys, H.; Terryn, H.; Hubin, A.; Deconinck, J.; Buchlin, J.-M.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.: Identification of bubble evolution mechanisms during AC electrogaining, Electrochemistry Communications, 2010, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 156-159
  10. Nierhaus, T.; Van Parys, H.; Dehaeck, S.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Deconinck, H.; Deconinck, J.; Hubin, A.: Simulation of the two-phase flow hydrodynamics in an IRDE reactor, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 156, No 9, September 2009, pp 139-148
  11. Gorlé, C.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Rambaud, P.; Van Tendeloo, G.: CFD modelling of small particle dispersion: the influence of the turbulence kinetic energy in the atmospheric boundary layer, Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 43, Issue 3, 2009, pp 673-681
  12. Dehaeck, S.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.: Simultaneous determination of bubble diameter and relative refractive index using glare circles
    Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 23, August 2007, pp 5957-5963
  13. Sanz Rodrigo, J.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Dezsö-Weidinger, G.: Wind tunnel simulation of the wind conditions inside bidimensional forest clear-cuts. Application to wind turbine siting, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol. 95, Issue 7, July 2007, pp. 609-634
  14. Vetrano, M.R.; Gauthier, S.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Boulet, P.; Buchlin, J.-M.: Characterization of a non-isothermal water spray by global rainbow thermometry, Experiments in Fluids, Vol.40, Issue 1, January 2006, pp 15-22
  15. Vetrano, M.R.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Riethmuller, M.L.: Assessment of refractive index gradients by standard rainbow thermometry
    Applied Optics, Vol. 44, No 34, December 2005, pp 7275-7281
  16. Coussirat, M.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.: Mestres, M.; Egusguiza, E.; Buchlin, J.-M.; Escaler, X.: Computational fluid dynamics modeling of impinging gas-jet systems: I. Assessment of eddy viscosity models, Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 127, No 4, July 2005, pp 661-703
  17. Coussirat, M.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Mestres, M.; Egusguiza, E.; Buchlin, J.-M.; Valero, C.: Computational fluid dynamics modeling of impinging gas-jet systems: II. Application to an industrial cooling system device, Journal of Fluids Engineering, Vol. 127, No 4, July 2005, pp 704-713
  18. Dehaeck, S.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Riethmuller, M.L.: Extended glare point velocimetry and sizing for bubbly flows, Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 39, No 2, August 2005, 407-419
  19. Vetrano, M.R.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Riethmuller, M.L., Generalization of the rainbow Airy theory to nonuniform spheres, Optics Letters, March 15, 2005, Vol. 30, No. 6, pp. 658-660
  20. Yildiz, D.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Riethmuller, M.L.: Feasibility exploration of laser-based techniques for characterization of a flashing jet, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Vol. 21, 2004, pp 390-402
  21. Vetrano, M.R.; Van Beeck, J.PA.J.; Riethmuller, M.L.: Global rainbow thermometry: Improvements in the data inversion algorithm and validation technique in liquid–liquid suspension, Applied Optics, 20 June 2004, Vol. 43, No. 18, pp 3600-3607
  22. Dezsö-Weidinger, G.; Stitou, A.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Riethmuller, M.L.: Measurement of the turbulent mass flux with PTV in a street canyon, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol. 91, N°9, 2003, pp 1117-1131
  23. Renard, M.; Gouriet, J.-B.; Planquart, PH.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Buchlin, J.-M.: Rapid cooling in continuous annealing and galvanizing lines, Revue de Métallurgie, No 7-8, July-August 2003, pp 751-756
  24. Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Grosges, T.; De Giorgi, M.G.: Rainbow thermometry assessed by Airy and Lorenz-Mie theories and compared with phase Doppler anemometry, Applied Optics, Vol. 42, No 18, July 2003, pp 4016-4022
  25. Garcia Sagrado, A.P.; Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Rambaud, P.; Olivari, D.: Numerical and experimental modelling of pollutant dispersion in a street canyon, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol. 90, 2002, pp 321-339
  26. Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Zimmer, L.; Riethmuller, M.L.: Global rainbow thermometry for mean temperature and size measurement of spray droplets, Particle Systems Characterization, 2001, Vol. 18, pp 196-204
  27. Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.; Giannoulis, D.; Zimmer, L.; Riethmuller, M.L.: Global rainbow thermometry for droplet-temperature measurement, Optics Letters, Vol. 24, No 23, December 1999, pp 1696-1698
  28. Van Beeck, J.P.A.J.: Druppelonderzoek met de regenboog, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde, 65/1, January 1999, pp 3-7
  29. Van Beeck, J.P.A.J. & Riethmuller, M.L.: Rainbow interferometry with wire diffraction for simultaneous measurement of droplet temperature, size and velocity, Particle Systems Characterization, Vol. 14, 1997, pp 186-192
  30. Van Beeck, J.P.A.J. & Riethmuller, M.L.: Rainbow phenomena applied to the measurement of droplet size and velocity and to the detection of nonsphericity, Applied Optics, Vol. 35, No 13, May 1996, pp 2259-2266
  31. Van Beeck, J.P.A.J. & Riethmuller, M.L.: Nonintrusive measurements of temperature and size of single falling raindrops, Applied Optics, Vol. 34, No 10, April 1995, pp 1633-1639
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