Imperial College London

Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Environmental Fluid Mechanics



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Maarten is a Reader in the Fluid Mechanics section in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College. He has an MSc in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and a PhD in Applied Physics, both from Delft University of Technology. Apart from running an active research group, he teaches both at under- and postgraduate level.

Maarten's research interests comprise transport processes in fluids, generally involving wall-bounded turbulence and buoyancy effects. Application areas are transport processes in urban areas (urban heat island, dispersion, microclimate), atmospheric convection, building ventilation (stratified environments, plumes/jets, exchange flows), water quality in distribution systems (mass transfer), groundwater flows and oceanography.

Areas of active research include:

  1. Turbulent entrainment in various guises (jets/plumes, volcanic ash, gravity currents, atmospheric/oceanic boundary layers etc). We use Direct Numerical Simulation and theory to get unprecedented insight into this important, yet notoriously difficult to measure, phenomenon.
  2. Flows and air quality in cities, particularly focused on sustainability. Here we use high-fidelity Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) and Urban Energy Balance models to quantify the impact of sustainable infrastructure like green roofs and green walls on air quality and the urban heat island effect.
  3. The behaviour of cloud droplets and inertial particles near turbulent-nonturbulent interfaces (vacancy for two Early Stage Researchers as part of a European project - please send me an E-mail if interested).

My publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar.



    Verso L, Reeuwijk MV, Liberzon A, 2019, Transient stratification force on particles crossing a density interface, International Journal of Multiphase Flow, Vol:121, ISSN:0301-9322, Pages:103109-103109

    Nair V, Heus T, Van Reeuwijk M, 2019, Dynamics of subsiding shells in actively growing clouds with vertical updrafts, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, ISSN:0022-4928

    Reeuwijk MV, Holzner M, Caulfield CP, 2019, Mixing and entrainment are suppressed in inclined gravity currents, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:873, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:786-815

    Grylls T, Le Cornec CMA, Salizzoni P, et al., Evaluation of an operational air quality model using large-eddy simulation, Atmospheric Environment: X, Vol:3, ISSN:2590-1621

    Fouxon I, Schmidt L, Ditlevsen P, et al., 2018, Inhomogeneous growth of fluctuations of concentration of inertial particles in channel turbulence, Physical Review Fluids, Vol:3, ISSN:2469-990X

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