Miguel Alfonso Mendez
Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department
von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Phone: +32 2 359 98 62
2013-2018 , PhD in Engineering, Universitè Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
2012-2013 , MRes. in Experimental Fluid Mechanics, von KarmanInstitute. Graduated with Honors and von Karman Prize for achieving the best overall result in the course work and research project.
2009-2012 , M.Sc. in Energy and Nuclear Engineering, University of Florence (UniFI). GPA: 110/110 cum laude.
2010-2011 , 5th Year In Industrial Engineering, Erasmus Exchange at the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ETSI), Seville. GPA: 8.9/10.
2006-2009 , B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of L’Aquila (UniAq) GPA- 107/110.
2019 May - Present
Assistant Professor in the EA Department of the von Karman Institute. In charge of the courses on Measurement Techniques, Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics, Signal Processing, Data-Driven Methods and Machine Learning and Tools for Scientific Computing. Supervisor of 5 PhD Thesis and about 10 short training program and Research master students.
2018 March - 2019 March
Development of a theoretical model to predict the unsteady behavior of a jet wiping line. The model will be validated on experimental and numerical data and implemented on a stand-alone software to be delivered to process engineers.
2017 October - 2019 March
IPANEMA Project (Horizon 2020/Clean Sky): development of a PIV/PTV tracking algorithms for highly swirled particleladen flows. The software will be implemented in the experimental characterization of an Inertial Particle Separator (IPS) used to protect turboprop engines from the ingestion of dust particles.
2017 June - 2018 June
Experimental campaign and theoretical modeling of wire coating in galvanizing lines. The purpose is to understand and to control the hydrodynamic instabilities produced in certain operating conditions of the line.
2014 October - 2018 March
Experimental, numerical and theoretical analysis of the stability of the jet wiping process. This project, linked to my Ph.D. thesis, allowed to identify different unstable mechanisms of the process and it involved the development and the testing of different flow control strategies. Three experimental facilities were designed and constructed to reproduce the process, while TR-PIV, Light Absorption, and LIF were used to experimentally characterize it. Numerical simulations, including URANS, LES and VMS were used in parallel to complement the analysis and a novel modal analysis technique (the Multiscale Proper Orthogonal Decomposition) was developed to process both the experimental and numerical data.
2016 February - 2016 April
Member of the VKI team participating in the 64th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaig. The project aimed at characterizing, via optical techniques, the liquid/gas interface shape and the liquid velocity in the sloshing motion of a partially filled cylindrical reservoir in microgravity conditions.
2015 - 2016
Numerical simulation and preliminary analytical investigation of the liquid flow in the wire coating process. The purpose was to identify methods to increase the coating layer thickness in the galvanizing line.
2015 - 2016
Theoretical modeling and experimental characterization of the particle-laden flow produced by straw blower machines. The project involved the in-situ experimental characterization of the straw jets, the development of image processing techniques to detect and track straw elements, and the engineering modeling of the flow using a Eulerian- Lagrangian formulation. This model was validated on the experimental data and then implemented in a dedicated software package.
Service to Society
Co-director of the VKI Lecture Series Introduction to Measurement Techniques 2020
Organization and direction of the VKI Lecture Series ’Machine Learning for Fluid Dynamics’ (the largest LS)
Co-organizer of the European Coating Symposium 2021 (https://www.european-coating-symposium.eu/Organizing20Committee.html)
Reviewer for Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Physics of Fluids, Chemical Engineering Science, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research
Member of the European Coating Symposium (ECS) Scientific Committee http://www.european-coating-symposium.eu/committee.html
Awards and Fellowships
Solvay PhD Thesis Award for research excellence. Awarded during the
Solvay Awards ceremony (see link)
AFVL PhD Thesis Award for the contributions to Laser diagnostics in fluid mechanics. Awarded at the CFTL 2018 (see link)
Best Oral Presentation at the Annual VKI PhD Symposium 2015-2016.
Best Oral Presentation of the Experimental Fluid Mechanics Conference 2015.
FNRS-FRIA grant Fellowship 2013-2017.
von Karman Prize for best overall result in course work and research project in the RM 2012-2013.