Transport Phenomena - Delft University of Technology

Niels Looije

Niels Looije

Contact details

  • Ir. Niels Looije
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences / Dept. Chemical Engineering
  • Section Transport Phenomena
  • Building 58, Room F2.130
  • van der Maasweg 9, Delft, The Netherlands


  • MSc Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology
  • BSc Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology

PhD Supervisors


Research interests

  • Multiphase flows in chemical reactors
  • Lattice Boltzmann methodology
    • Shan-Chen multiphase models
    • Mass/heat transport phenomena in LBM
    • Catalytic surface chemistry
  • Computer-aided modelling of transport phenomena
  • GPU accelerated modelling of LB methods:

Available MSc projects:

  1. MSc Project: The equation of state and surface tension in LBM
  2. MSc Project: Simulation of (in)stationary droplets in multiphase systems
  3. MSc Project: Implementation of heat effects in multiphase numerical methods
  4. MSc Project: Simulation of reactive-diffusive self-assembly systems

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Research description: Simulation of the mesoscopic processes in two-phase catalytic reactors

Lattice Boltzmann (LB) methods offer an interesting and novel approach to chemical reactor modeling. Rather than solving for the usual continuum variables as in conventional CFD methods, mesoscopic fluid particles containing a distribution of molecules are allowed to advect and collide in specified directions. Allowing the fluid particles to relax towards the Maxwell-Boltzmann equilibrium distribution, dynamic fluid flow is mimicked macroscopically. As an example of so-called particle-based methods, LB is well-suited for chemical engineering applications due to its close connection to kinetic theory, ease of implementation, computational efficiency and ability to introduce multiple physical phenomena locally.

Micro-to-meso-to-macroscopic interpretation of Lattice Boltzmann methods

Micro- to meso- to macroscopic view of the Lattice Boltzmann scheme as CFD method

During the last couple of years within the MSP/TP section many different aspects of chemical engineering modeling have been implemented in a Lattice Boltzmann framework. Aspects such as a proper multiphase model, mass/heat transport and surface chemistry have been implemented and validated with canonical cases. As an extension of this previous research it is proposed to extend the implementation to higher dimensions and to combine all these different aspects in one LB framework with the aim of providing a tool to investigate mesoscopic phenomena in catalytic chemical reactors.

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