prof.dr.ir. B.J.E. (Bert) Blocken - Expertises
5600 MB EINDHOVEN
- D14420 - Civiele techniek
- D12700 - Gassen, vloeistofdynamica, plasmafysica
- E15000 - Milieustudies
Bert Blocken is a Civil Engineer and is a Full Professor and Chair of Building Physics in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His areas of expertise include building physics, urban physics, wind engineering, sports aerodynamics, civil engineering, fluid dynamics and environmental studies.
His research activities include both fundamental and applied research. The methods applied are numerical simulation with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel testing and field experimentation. The fundamental research is mainly focused on CFD grid generation, wall function development and analysis of basic flow phenomena. The applied research includes topics of high societal relevance and impact such as climate adaptation of buildings and cities, air pollution, wind energy and important aerodynamic effects in cycling that can be decisive in terms of winning or losing the race.
Bert Blocken obtained his MSc (with great distinction) in Building and Civil Engineering from KU Leuven, where he also received his PhD in Building Physics. In addition to his work at TU/e, Bert is a part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. He is the scientific director of the Eindhoven Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel facility. He also developed TU/e’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Sports & Building Aerodynamics’ on the Coursera platform. He received the 2013 Junior Award from the International Association of Wind Engineering and six best paper awards from the Elsevier ISI journal Building & Environment (2009, 2011, 2012) and at international conferences.
The 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier list Bert as one of the 150 most cited researchers worldwide in both Civil Engineering and Energy Science & Engineering. He is editor of the journal Building & Environment and associate editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. Bert is also a member of the editorial board of the journals Building Simulation, Sports Engineering and the International Journal of Ventilation. He has acted as a reviewer for over 70 different ISI journals and has published 144 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is leading a research team of 4 senior researchers, 25 PhD students and 5 MSc students.