Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department
von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Phone: +32 2 359 96 11
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2008 - 2012 PhD in Fluid Dynamics, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (ULB)
2006 - 2007 M.S. Fluid Dynamics, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, postgraduate with honors
2003 - 2006 M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (UCL)
2001 - 2003 B.S. Engineering, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Research and Professional Experience
2014 – 1 April 2018: Senior Research engineer, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI)
Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department
von Karman Institute
The position consists in managing research projects for industry by closely working with master and PhD students, research engineers, and the technical team if the project is experimental, but also develop proposals for new research projects.
2015 – present: Adjunct Faculty: Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) Texas A&M University
Continuing the collaboration with the Center by mentoring PhD and master student and visiting twice a year. Students research topics are related to gas and fluid dynamics (influence of random obstacles on deflagration to detonation transition, secondary dust explosion, flare design, cavitation in pipeline ruptures, LNG pool boiling and pool fire) or in risk assessment (leading indicator development related to drilling safety, and resilience engineering, human factors in offshore risk assessment).
2013 – 2014: Assistant Research Scientist: Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) Texas A&M University
Advisor: M. Sam Mannan
The position consists in writing proposals for funding research, working with graduate students on their research as well as overseeing their day-day duties for their dissertation/thesis research, develop presentations on specific process safety engineering topics and represent the research center at professional meetings to industry and other interested groups.
2012 – 2013 Researcher - post-doctoral programme, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI)
Advisor: Jean-Marie Buchlin and Philippe Planquart
- Unconfined Vapor Cloud Explosion (UVCE): Post-processing of experiments performed by the École des Mines d'Alès. Comparison of overpressure with VCE models (TNT, multi-energy, Strehlow,...). High-speed image processing
- Optimization of industrial process (Michelin): Computational transient thermal analysis (use of Fluent and DesignModeler)
2008 - 2012 Researcher - doctoral programme, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI)
Advisor: Jean-Marie Buchlin and Patrick Rambaud
Experimental characterization and modeling of Hazards: BLEVE and Boilover (funded by CEA Gramat, France). Laboratory scale experiments of BLEVE and Boilover performed to better understand the apparition criteria and consequences of these accidents. Modeling of the phenomenon and their hazards based on comparison of the experimental results with literature models.
2007 - 2008 Customer Service Engineer, LMS International, Belgium
LMS is an engineering innovation partner for companies in the automotive, aerospace and other advanced manufacturing industries. Assisting customers worldwide with their application and software questions through phone, email or on-site visits.
2006 - 2007 Researcher – research master programme, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI)
Advisor: Jérome Anthoine
Experimental investigation of Taylor flow: PIV experiments of flow injection through lateral wall due to porous plate into a rectangular channel. Comparison with LES simulations. Parametric analysis of the channel height and injection velocity to better understand conditions for different flow regimes (laminar, transitionnal, turbulent).
2005 Trainee Sedilec, Belgium
Sedilec is an energy supplier and network manager company. Development of an Access data base to record and sort Gas and Electrical activities.
Particulate sizing, “Ledith Seminar – Multiphase Fluids”, March 20, 2017, von Karman Institute
Portfolio Summary of Ocean Energy Safety Research Efforts, “Ocean Energy Safety Research Roadmap for the 21st Century”, October 7-8, 2014, Texas A&M University
Boilover: phenomenon, hazards, small and large scales, STO-AVT-219 Lecture Series, Source term characterization of the consequences of storage tank aggressions, von Karman Institue, 4-6 June 2013
Small Scale Experiments on Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosions: Supercritical BLEVE, Fire Protection Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, July 2012
Awards, honors, and service
Scientific Committee, JE-Process Safety Symposium, 10th Worlds Congress of Chemical Engineering, Barcelona, October 2017
Member of Belgian Section of the Combustion Institute – since 2017
2012: First Runner Up prize at the 20th Student Paper Competition of the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping conference, July 2012, Toronto, Canada
2012: Finalist of the 20th Student Paper Competition of the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping conference, July 2012, Toronto, Canada
2012: Best PhD Presentation Prize awarded by the von Karman Institute's faculty during the third Symposium on Doctoral Research, March 2012
2007: Price of Excellence for the Best experimental project - von Karman Institute
2008-2012: VKI Fellowship - von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (PhD)
2006-2007: VKI Fellowship - von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (M.S.)