Imperial College London

Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics



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Maarten is a Senior Lecturer 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 frum running an active research group, he is the year 1 coordinator for the MEng programme and 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 focussed 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.



van Reeuwijk M, Krug D, Holzner M, 2018, Small-scale entrainment in inclined gravity currents, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Vol:18, ISSN:1567-7419, Pages:225-239

Verso L, van Reeuwijk M, Gurka R, et al., 2017, Experimental study of the initial growth of a localized turbulent patch in a stably stratified fluid, International Journal of Heat and Fluid Flow, Vol:66, ISSN:0142-727X, Pages:127-136

Craske J, Salizzoni P, van Reeuwijk M, 2017, The turbulent Prandtl number in a pure plume is 3/5, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:822, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:774-790

Krug D, Holzner M, Marusic I, et al., 2017, Fractal scaling of the turbulence interface in gravity currents, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:820, ISSN:0022-1120


van Reeuwijk M, Jonker HJJ, Hanjalic K, Boundary layer scaling in Rayleigh-Benard convection, Proc. 5th European Thermal Sciences Conference

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