Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Raf Theunissen obtained his MSc degree from Delft University of Technology (TUD) in the Netherlands in 2003 while conducting his research on optical flow measurements at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI). In 2004 he received his Research Master degree at the VKI for research on pulmonary lung flows using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV). His work on adaptive sampling and windowing interrogation methods in Particle Image Velocimetry earned him his PhD in 2010 in a collaborative framework between TUD, the VKI and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Before joining the department in September 2010, Raf worked as a gas turbine development engineer for nearly two years at Alstom Ltd in Switzerland.
Raf’s research is focussed on the continuing development of adaptive algorithms to improve the flow analysis with PIV and extending it to three dimensions. In addition he works on techniques to post process obtained experimental data.
His recent work involves the development of adaptive sampling methods applied to experimental measurement techniques and the quantification of PIV measurement uncertainty.
He currently investigates flows related to vortex flaps, porous disks, dynamic surfaces and wind turbine power generation.
wind turbine power generation.vortex flaps, porous disks, dynamic surfaces