Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department
von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Phone: +32 2 359 94 29
Doktor in de Ingenieurswetenschappen, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, June 3, 2008
PhD Thesis subject: Multidisciplinary Turbomachinery Component Optimization Considering Performance, Stress, and Internal Heat Transfer
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium, 2008
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, magna cum laude, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium, 2003
1 April 2019 - present: Professor at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
September 2017 - 30 March2019: Associate Professor at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
October 2017 - present: Visiting professor, Ghent University
September 2015 - August 2017: Marie Curie Research Fellow, Queens Marie University of London
December 2014 - August 2015: Associate Professor at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
December 2008 - November 2014: Assistant Professor at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
2008 - 2008: Senior Research Engineer at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
2004 - 2008: Research Engineer at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Awards and memberships
Selected for the IWT-engineering price with thesis (2003)
IGTI-ASME Gas turbine conference 2008, Best paper award of Heat transfer committee.
Sergio Amaral, Professor Tom Verstraete, Professor René Van den Braembussche, and Professor Tony Arts have been selected with two papers (among 162) by the Heat Transfer Committee as Best Paper Award winners from ASME Turbo Expo 2008.
GT-2008-51077 “Design and Optimization of the Internal Cooling Channels of a HP Turbine Blade - Part I, Methodology” and GT-2008-51080 “Design and Optimization of the Internal Cooling Channels of a HP Turbine Blade - Part II, Optimization”. The paper GT-2008-51308 “Novel 2D Transient Heat Conduction Calculation in a Cooled Rotor: Ventilation Preheating - Blowdown Flux” has also been selected.
Services to society
Reviewer for ASME-IGTI gasturbine Conference, European Turbomachinery conference.
2009-present External member of 18 doctoral jury’s: KU Leuven (BE) (2), UGent (BE), KMS (BE), ULg (BE), TAMU (USA), Chalmers (SE), ULC (BE), INP-Toulouse (FR)(2), INSA (FR), UPM (SP), TUM (DE), LUH (DE), TU Delft (NL)(2), Imperial College (UK), VUB (BE)
2008-present Faculty member, Von Karman Institute, Belgium
2010-2014 External PhD supervisor Texas A&M University, USA
2013-2017 External PhD supervisor Hannover University, DE
2014-2017 External PhD supervisor TUDelft, NL
2015-present External PhD supervisor Oxford University, UK
Commissions of trust
2008-present Reviewer of scientific journals: Journal of Power and Energy, International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Engineering Optimization, Experimental Heat transfer, Computer and Fluids, Journal of turbomachinery, Journal of Computational Physics, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Computations, The Aeronautical Journal, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
2015-present Reviewer of scientific books, Springer Verlag
2010-present Review organizer of scientific conferences: European Turbomachinery conference (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019), ISAIF10, CMFF’12, CMFF’15, EUROGEN2013, ASME TurboExpo 2015-2018.
Joint research program with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI, JP),
Joint research program with General Motors (GM, USA)
Prizes / Awards
09/06/2008 IGTI-ASME Gas turbine conference 2008, Heat transfer committee, Best paper award.
01/08/2015 NVIDIA Hardware Grant award
01/09/2015 Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship, European Commission
31/12/2019 International Journal of Turbomachinery Propulsion and Power, Best paper award
Pump for nuclear applications, WO2017/121907 A1, PCT/EP2017/050910
Dual scroll for radial turbine applications, under review
Mixed flow compressor for cleaning applications, under review