Research subjects

Energy Efficient Processes

Intensification of thermal processes via development of energy efficient novel power systems, engines, reactors and processes are subjects of this research line. The main focus is placed on multicomponent and multiphase flows, liquid atomization, droplets evaporation and drying, combustion, supercritical fluids, heat transfer and fluid dynamics. Renewable processes and transition to the future technologies are of prime interest.  

people involved

example research

Vortex Chamber Spray Dryer (Ongoing)



Project description:

Aim of the project  is to translate the concept of a vortex chamber spray dryer into a well-engineered unit that is ready for further scale-up and demonstration, including validation of energy saving potential, proof of low investment costs and of improved product properties. 

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Partners: 

FrieslandCampina, Unilever, ispt, ecn, universite catholique de louvain (be)

Crestcool (ongoing)

Project description:

The research aims on the development and understanding of novel meat cooling techniques with application of electrostatic sprays. 

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Partners: 

Van Laer BD, RBK Group, Graco (Be), Kors, IBK

Green Biogas - Delen maakt meer (Ongoing)



Project description:

Intensification of the biogas production from the anaerobic digestion process by optimizing turbulence and mixing levels between various organic compounds and bacteria inside a new design of the digester. 

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Partners: 

Host/Biogas Marrum, Saxion

Pyrolysis oil combustion in GT (Finished)

Project description:

The challenge of the project was to develop a new generation of gas turbines that is capable to combust a flash pyrolysis from biomass. New and advanced design tools and techniques were required to realize efficient and clean combustion of this multicomponent fuel. A state-of-the-art atomization test rig to investigate fuel droplet size and distribution in the near-field and numerical models of pyrolysis oil combustion were developed and validated.  

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Partners: 

Opra Turbines, BTG-BTL

contact person

A.K. Pozarlik Dr. Ir.
Assistant professor