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TIPs - Transport phenomena and process engineering

Faculty of Applied Sciences | Discipline: Electromechanical systems and fluid processes

(Code: ULB828)

Person in charges of the unit : HAUT Benoît, COLINET Pierre, DEBASTE Frédéric, SCHEID Benoît.

The objective of the research carried out at the Transfers, Interfaces and Processes (TIPs) laboratory of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is the
experimental characterization and the mathematical modeling of transport phenomena within systems containing several phases (gas and/or liquid and/or
solid), exchanging matter, heat or momentum, through an interface between these phases, at scales between the micron and the millimeter. The research carried out
revolves around mainly fundamental and/or generic questions. They have direct applications in the fields of health, environment, heat transfer
technologies and agro-food, chemical, microtechnology, materials and space industries.

Our current research concerns 9 scientific topics: Drying, Enzymatic processes, Evaporation and boiling, Gas-liquid transfers, Microfluidics,
Physiological fluids, Soft/Wet microrobotics, Surface rheology and, as a side research area, the characterization of Ancient hydraulic systems.

The TIPs laboratory is composed of 5 professors and approximately 35 researchers. It is divided into two research units : "TIPs - Transport phenomena and
process engineering" and "TIPs - Fluid physics".

The TIPs laboratory collaborates with a number of scientific and industrial partners in Belgium, Europe, USA, Israel and Canada, in the frame of several
networks funded by the European Commission or by the European Space Agency, and also thanks to support at National level (BELSPO, FNRS, Brussels and
Walloon Regions). The team investigates mostly fundamental and/or generic questions, i.e. common to several natural or industrial processes. Studied problems
most often involve notions of nonlinear dynamics, physical chemistry (equilibrium and non-equilibrium), statistical mechanics, transport phenomena, applied
mathematics, ... The used tools are either theoretical (stability analyses, scaling laws, asymptotic techniques, ...), numerical (commercial or 'home-made'
software), or experimental (fluid behavior visualization by interferometry, Schlieren, infrared thermography, ...).

The TIPs laboratory has an experimental facility devoted to the realization, the characterization and the manipulation of systems including several
phases (gas and/or liquid and/or solid), exchanging mass, energy or momentum, at a characteristic length scale between the micron and the millimeter. The lab is
part of the Micro-milli platform. It is managed by by Sam Dehaeck, PhD.

Campus : Campus du Solbosch
Location : Solbosch, square groupe G, bâtiment U, porte B, 5ème étage
Address : CP165/67 - Avenue F.D. Roosevelt, 50 - 1050 Bruxelles
Phone number : +32-2-650-29-18
Fax : +32-2-650-29-10
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Frascati domains:

 • 1.3 Physical sciences

 • 2.4 Chemical engineering

 • 2.7 Environmental engineering

 • 3.5 Other medical sciences

Disciplines CRef :

 • Biomedical engineering

 • Chemical engineering

 • Hydraulics and fluidics

Domain of the unit :

 • Molecular Synthesis, Materials, Energy Engineering