Building Physics

The research in the chairgroup Building Physics can be divided into three categories:

  • Urban Physics and Environmental Wind Engineering
  • Building physics and monuments
  • Multiphysics modeling and control

Urban Physics

Urban Physics is the science and engineering of physical processes in urban areas. It deals with the transfer of heat, air, moisture and pollutants in the outdoor and indoor environment of buildings. In research and education in Urban Physics at TU/e, specific attention is given to wind flow and the related processes in the atmospheric boundary layer and their interaction with all obstacles in this layer, such as buildings, vehicles and trees. Urban Physics research addresses topics such as urban heat island effects, natural ventilation of buildings and urban areas, air pollution, outdoor thermal and wind comfort, etc. Research in these areas is based on a combination of on-site measurements, wind tunnel measurements and numerical simulation with Computational Fluid Dynamics, and comprises both fundamental and applied research.

contact: B.J.E. (Bert) Blocken

Examples of projects:

  • Climate Proof Cities
  • Wind environmental conditions in the Port of Rotterdam
  • CFD simulation of vegetation effects on outdoor air quality
  • Optimization of vertical axis wind turbine
  • Computational modeling of the urban heat island effect
  • CFD modeling of the neutral, stable and unstable atmospheric boundary layer

Chair of Building Physics joins J.M. Burgerscentrum

Since 1 February 2017, the Chair of Building Physics ( Bert Blocken) has joined the J.M. Burgerscentrum (Burgers Centre), which is the Dutch Research School on Fluid Mechanics including research groups from TU/e, University of Twente, TU Delft, Wageningen University & Research, RU Groningen and University of Utrecht. 

Building physics and monuments

Building physics and monuments is about topics of heating, cooling and ventilation in historic houses and buildings, effects of humidification and dehumidification, monitoring and controls, pollution and soiling, the balance between conservation and human comfort and sustainability. The purpose of their work is threefold: getting a better knowledge of building physics and systems in monumental buildings, improving the indoor climate and durability for the buildings and their collections and propagation of this knowledge to students, engineers and architects in practice.

contact: H.L. (Henk) Schellen     website: Building Physics of monuments

Multiphysics modeling and control

The research Multiphysics Modeling and Control comprehends the development and evaluation of multiphysics models for simulating dynamic heat  and mass transfer in buildings and systems. The simulation models are developed for performance prediction of materials, building components, building systems, etc. His passion is creative computational modeling using state of art scientific software and experimental validation in real life buildings. Moreover, his goals are so-called triple-win projects, each including: profound research, inspired education for students and relevancy for society.

contact: A.W.M. (Jos) van Schijndel     website: Heat Air and Moisture Laboratory

The chair is involved in the program of the Smart Cities Center