14-7-’21 - Olivier Schuringa finished his MSc project on the viscometer
13-7-’21 - Rona Roovers finished her BSc project on the HEAL loop
9-7-’21 - Ies Lakerveld finished his work on helium bubbling in the MSFR
23-4-’21 - Joris Blokker finished his MSc project on X-ray radiography in supercritical fluids
18-3-’21 - Laurens Haffmans finished his BSc project on the HOR Experimental Irradiation Loop
10-3-’21 - Kyle Muller finished his BSc project on the flow in a semi-solif flow battery
2-10-’20 - Rinus Smit finished his BSc project on conductivity of ions and electrons in flow cells
28-8-’20 - Leon Rozing finished his MSc project on Helium bubbling
26-8-’20 - Koen Arends finished his BSc project on the viscometer for molten salts
25-8-’20 - Lotte Borstlap finished her BSc project on the viscometer for molten salts
27-3-’20 - Remco Rook finished his MSc project on the viscometer for molten salts
14-2-’20 - Hugo Korthals Altes finished his BSc project on electrical conductivity in flow cells
27-1-’20 - Fulvio graduated and became Dr. Bertocchi!
7-10-’19 - Arjan de Kater finished his BSc project on wave propagation through a nickel plate
25-9-’19 - Leon de Vries finished his MSc project on LDA in supercritical fluids
22-8-’19 - Paul Nollen finished his BSc project on flow separation in non-Newtonian fluid fow through a diverging funnel
15-8-’19 - Luuk Dresen finished his BSc project on the 99Molybdenum Producing Mini Loop, driven by natural circulation
28-6-’19 - Mike van Iersel finished his MSc project on two phase-flow in microchannels using the consertive level set method
15-1-’19 - Anne Maaike Gerritsma finished her BSc project on viscosity measurements of molten fuel salts
24-8-’18 - Marc van de Berg finished his MSc project on viscosity measurements of molten fuel salts
20-7-’18 - Bart Warmerdam finished his BSc project on emergency cooling of the SLIMR reactor
6-7-’18 - Reindert de Reuver finished his BSc project on viscosity measurements of molten fuel salts
28-3-’18 - Shridar Pendse finished his MSc project on isotope production
22-2-’18 - Sebastiaan Ettema finished his BSc project on emergency cooling of SLIMR
16-2-’18 - Tymen Nanninga finished his BSc project on microfluidic chips
30-1-’18 - David Kamp finished his BSc project on freeze plug melting
23-1-’18 - Miranda van Duijn finished her BSc project on isotope separation in microfluid chips
8-1-’18 - Valentina Valori obtained the Dr title on supercritical heat transfer!
20-12-’17 - Gijs Henstra finished his BSc project on molten salts
8-12-’17 - Oliver Schuringa finished his BSc project on molten salts
17-11-’17 - Opening of the SEEDS 1 facility!
6-11-’17 - Book published with chapter of Peeters et al!
26-10-’17 - Paper accepted in Nuclear Engineering and Design by Bertocchi et al!
14-9-’17 - Paul Möller finished his BSc project on microfluid chips
11-9-’17 - Paper accepted in Dalton Transactions by Liu et al!
4-9-’17 - NURETH-17 conference in Xi’An, China.
31-8-’17 - Sara Mastromarino receives an Applied Sciences Grant
14-8-’17 - Thomas Oud finished his BSc project on ultrasonic sound to determine molten salt viscosity
19-7-’17 - 5th sCO2-Hero meeting in Rez
14-2-’17 - Floris Deurvorst finished his BSc project on the MSR freeze plug
14-2-’17 - Hidde Froeling finished his BSc project on ultrasonic sound to determine molten salt viscosity
8-5-’17 - Paper accepted in Physical Review E on supercritical Rayleigh Benard convection by Valentina Valori et al.
18-4-’17 - Paper publised in Nuclear Engineering and Design on BWR stability by Christian Marcel et al. See here
24-2-’18 - Supercritical CO2, molten salt could stop a nuclear meltdown before it begins. In Horizon Magazine
14-2-’17 - Andre Makkinje finished his BSc project on the freeze plug in the MSR
23-1-’17 - Samofar meeting in Zürich
18-1-’17 - 4th sCO2-Hero meeting in Stuttgart
15-12-’16 - STW User Committee meeting in Delft
6-12-’16 - Frederique Tuyll finished her BSc project on the freeze plug in the MSR
30-11-’16 - Jurriaan Peeters received his Dr title! Click here for the thesis.
24-11-’16 - Coosje Pothoven finished her BSc project on the Mo-99 production loop
17-10-’16 - SESAME meeting in Karlsruhe (KTH)
31-8-’16 - Parth Swasroop finished his MSc project on the freeze plug in the MSR
25-7-’16 - Paper published in Journal of Fluid Mechanics by Jurriaan Peeters. Go to paper
November 2020 - Dr Fulvio Bertocchi won the laureate title for ENS HSC PhD Award, after an excellent performance at the final stage of the contest!
September 2020 - On September 15 Anand Sudha started his PhD project in our group. He will work on microfluidic separation of medical isotopes by using microfluidic chips, together with two other PhD students. The project is funded by NWO. Welcome in our group!
January 2020 - Fulvio Bertocchi graduated and obtained the Doctor title after finishing his PhD project on coherent structures, flow induced vibrations and migratory flow in liquid metal nuclear reactors! The thesis can be downloaded here
November 2019 - Paper published in Nuclear Engineering and Design. This paper describes the fluid structure interaction in a 7-rods bundle and, more specifically, a benchmarking of numerical simulations (done by NRG and UGent0 with experimental data obtained in our group. Click here for the paper.
October 2019 - Paper published in the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer! This paper describes migratory flow caused by helicoid wire spacers in rod bundles of liquid metal reactors. The study covers both experiments and theory. Click here for the paper.
October 2019 - On October 1 Bouke Kaaks started as PhD student in our group. He will work in the SAMOSAFER project on freezing and melting of molten salt under turbulent conditions. Welcome in our group!!
September 2019 - Just received this nice group picture of the International Meeting of Specialists on Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics at Supercritical Pressure in July in Beijing at the Tsinghua University. The next meeting will be organised by us in Delft!
September 2019 - After 6 months of hard work in our group on LDA in a supercritical flows in serpentine channels, Yan returns home to Beijing to finish her PhD at Tsinghua university. She did an impressive job and we really hope to cooperate soon again. Yan, have a safe trip back and thanks for all the work!
August 2019 - Paper published in the Experiments in Fluids. In this paper, the flow in a supercritical fluid has been measured in time and space for the first time by PIV! Click here for the paper.
August 2019 - Paper published in the International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow on the influence that gap vortex streets have on the fluid-structure-interaction in rod bundles of (e.g.) liquid metal reactors. Click here for the paper.
August 2019 - Paper published in the Journal of Supercritical Fluids. A new friction-heat transfer analogy for the prediction of heat transfer to turbulent fluids at supercritical pressure is presented. This analogy is based on the observation that the predominent events thatdetermine the turbulent heat flux known as hot ejections and cold sweeps have different thermophys-ical properties. This observation is used to derive a new friction-heat transfer analogy, which we call the ejection-sweep analogy. Click here for the paper.
June 2019 - Paper published in Annals of Nuclear Energy, being a preliminary investigation on the melting behavior of a freeze-valve for the Molten Salt Fast Reactor. Click here for the paper.
Februari 2019 - Another superb news! Our European proposal SAMOSAFER (Severe Accident Modeling and Safety Assessment for Fluid-fuel Energy Reactors) have been granted! Together with German, French, Swiss, Czech and Italian partners we will continue our work on the Thorium driven Molten Salt Reactor. This project is a continuation of the current SAMOFAR project. The fact that this proposal is granted means that Europe is considering this reactor as a serious future energy source for sustainable nuclear power.
November 2018 - Great news! Our proposal "Fast and Efficient Purification of Medical Isotopes by Micro-fluidic Extraction” has been accepted for a TTW OTP grant! Three PhD students will work on an innovative technology to separate and purify isotopes by microfluid extraction. They will work at the departments of Radiation Science and Technology (prof. Elisabeth Oehlke, dr. Antonia Denkova, prof. Bert Wolterbeek and dr. Martin Rohde) and Chemical Engineering (dr. Volkert Steijn and prof. Ruud van Ommen). Project leader will be Martin Rohde. Members of the user committe are URENCO, NRG, TRIUMF and UMCG.
October 2018 - On October 2-4 we hosted, the combined SESAME/MYRTHEprogress meeting. Almost 50 participants from institutes such as NRG, CEA, ENEA, KIT, PSI, UCL and SCK.CEN were present to show the progress of their work. This picture is taken in front of the (rather) new building of Applied Sciences.
March 2018 - The new bundle equipped with wire wraps has been installed in the SEEDS facility The facility contains plain water. The bundle is partially made transparent by using the refractive-index matching FEP material. In this way, the internals of the rod bundle are accessible to optical techniques (in this case: laser doppler anemometry and particle image velocimetry).
January 2018 - Valentina Valori obtained the Dr title after her defence and years of hard work on PIV in supercritical Rayleigh Benard flows. Promotors are prof. T.H.J.J. van der Hagen and prof. J. Westerweel, co-promotor is Dr. Martin Rohde. The PhD thesis of Valentina can be found here.
November 2017 - Official opening of the SEEDS facility With this facility, we study fluid-structure interaction in a rod bundle. The facility contains plain water. The bundle is partially made transparent by using the refractive-index matching FEP material. In this way, the internals of the rod bundle are accessible to optical techniques (in this case: laser doppler anemometry).
Obviously, after the opening, there were drinks and snacks to celebrate this great event!
November 2017 - Just published: book on Direct and Large-Eddy Simulation of Ercoftac. This book contains a chapter of Peeters, Pecnik, Boersma, Van der Hagen and Rohde on near wall structures in turbulent flows withsStrong thermophysical property variations, as one can find in supercritical fluids. Here is the link to the book
October 2017 - Paper published in Nuclear Engineering and Design. The work shows flow phenomena that typically occur in rod bundles: coherent flow structures. The techniques used are Laser Doppler Anemometry and Refractive Index Matching.. Main author is Fulvio Bertocchi. Here is the link to the open access paper.
September 2017 - Paper published in Dalton Transactions. This study describes a microfluidic system with which it was possible to determine the kinetic association rate constants for the formation of [177Lu]Lu-DOTA-TATE under conditions currently used for clinical production. Main author is Zheng Liu. Click here for the paper.
September 2017 - We have had a very good NURETH-17 conference in Xi’An, China. Fulvio, Sara and Martin were there to present their work and to meet a lot of people in the field. And … to eat good Chinese food 😀.
August 2017 - Sara received one of the Applied Sciences Grants in the field of an Ultrasonic Technique for the Measurement of Viscosity and Density of Molten Salt Fuel. Congratulations! This grant is shared with our colleagues from the ImPhys department. Scientists involved are Sara Mastromarino, Martin Rohde, Jan-Leen Kloosterman, Eric Verschuur, Nico de Jong, Martin Verweij and Koen Van Dongen.
May 2017 - Paper has been publised in Physical Review E about experimental work on Rayleigh Benard convection under non-Boussinesq conditions. Main author is Valentina Valori, co-authors are Gerrit Elsinga, Martin Rohde, Mark Tummes, Jerry Westerweel and Tim van der Hagen. Click here for the paper.
April 2017 - Paper has been pblised in Nuclear Engineering and Design on the stability of natural circulation Boiling Water Reactors. This type of reactors are safer than conventional ones because the flow is driven by gravity instead of mechanical pumps. Main author is Christian Marcel, co-authors are Martin Rohde and Tim van der Hagen. Click here for the paper.
March 2017 - In Petten, the 5th SESAME progress meeting was held in Petten, The Netherlands. The 23 partners came together to present and discuss their work. Fulvio Bertocchi presented the coherent vortex street he found with the help of LDA.
February 2017 - A paper has been accepted by Physical Review Fluids in the field of turbulent heat transfer in an annulus at supercritical pressure. Results were obtained by a Direct Numerical Simulation of supercritical CO2 flow with constant (but different) wall temperatures. Main author is Jurriaan Peeters, co-authors are Rene Pecnik, Martin Rohde,Tim van der Hagen and Bendiks Jan Boersma. Click here for a direct link to the paper.
July 2016 Our research on the front cover of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics (vol 799). The picture is based on figure 3(a) of ‘Turbulence attenuation in simultaneously heated and cooled annular flows at supercritical pressure’, by J. W. R. Peeters, R. Pecnik, M. Rohde, T. H. J. J. van der Hagen & B. J. Boersma. Click here for a direct link to the paper
October 2016 - For the first time, a two-dimensional flow field in a supercritical fluid could be measured. The figure shows the time-averaged, two-dimensional velocity field in a supercritical fluid (R23). Measurements have been performed by Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). Due to the high pressure (57 bars) it is difficult to make the flow field visible for the camera and accessible by the laser light. Due to the large density differences in the fluid, light refracts, causing blurring of the signal. Researcher: Valentina Valori
Martin Rohde (2020)