Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics

TFL Louvain-La-Neuve

What is the Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics division ?

The Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics division (TFL) has been conducting research in the fileds of energy and fluid mechanics.

These two main research areas are shared between/

  • Profs. Grégoire Winckelmans and Philippe Chatelain are active in advanced numerical simulations for aerodynamics, turbulent and vortical flows,
  • Profs. Francesco Contino, Hervé Jeanmart and Yann Bartosiewicz carry out research in the field of energy, while Prof. Miltiadis Papalexandris bridges the gap between these two main axes by conducting theoretical and numerical research on reactive flows in porous and granular media.

Two senior scientists support the research transversaaly by leading either funded projects, external contracts or engineering service

  • Dr. Véronique Dias
  • Dr. Matthieu Duponcheel

This team also supervises 48 researchers/doctoral students.

This theoretical work is also supported by experimental activities in the laboratory to validate numerical models or for dedicated experimental projects. The experimental component is possible thanks to a strong technical team (CREDEM) that is able to carry out a test bench from its design to its realisation, commissioning and testing. This involves different and complementary skills such as

  • technical drawing,
  • machining/assembly
  • electrical/electronic/data acquisition systems.