Dr. R. (Rene) Pecnik

Dr. R. (Rene) Pecnik

Profiel

My research is focused on both, applied research in close collaboration with industries in the field of energy conversion systems, and fundamental research in the fields of numerical analysis, fluid mechanics and turbulence. In particular, my research expertise covers: 

  • Fundamental 
    • Turbulent heat transfer 
    • Radiative transfer
    • Turbulence modeling
    • Supercritical fluids
    • Unsteady turbomachinery flows 
    • Direct numerical simulations
    • High performance computing (GPGPU)
      Here you can see a talk I gave for the opening of the Delft Blue Supercomputer
  • Applied
    • Turbomachinery 
    • Supercritical power cycles
    • Heat recovery and upgrading systems

Education

  • 2003-2007, PhD Mech. Eng., graduated with distinction (best 5%), Dep. of Thermal Turbomachinery and Machine Dynamics Faculty Mech. Eng., Graz University of Technology (AT), Thesis: Laminar to turbulent transition modelling
  • 1995-2002, MSc Mech. Eng., graduated with distinction, Dep. of Thermal Turbomachinery and Machine Dynamics Faculty Mech. Eng., Graz University of Technology (AT), Thesis: Turbulence modeling in turbomachinery

Positions

  • 2015 - Associate Professor, Energy Technology, Process and Energy Department, 3mE, TU Delft (NL)
  • 2010 - 2015, Assistant Professor, Energy Technolog, Process and Energy Department, 3mE, TU Delft (NL)
  • 2008 - 2010, Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University (USA)
  • 2007 - 2008, Erwin Schrödinger postdoc. fellowship, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University (USA)

Fellowships and academic visits

  • 2019 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 2 month, Tohoku University (JP)
  • 2016 Center for Turbulence Summer Program, 1 month, Stanford University (US)
  • 2012 Center for Turbulence Summer Program, 1 month, Stanford University (US)
  • 2012 Visiting researcher, 1 month, University of Cyprus (CY)
  • 2007-2008 & Austrian Erwin Schrödinger fellowship, 1 year, Stanford University (US)

Memberships of scientific societies

  • 2020 - European organisation on Supercritical CO2, www.sco2.eu
  • 2014 - Organizing committee member, Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles Symposium, sco2symposium.com
  • 2016 - Scientific committee member, Int. Non-ideal Compress. Fluid Dyn. Symposium
  • 2012 - Member, J.M. Burgerscentrum Research School for Fluid Mechanics
  • 2010 - Member, American Physical Society

Teaching activities (most relevant courses)

  • 2019 - Thermodynamica 6 ECTS, 1st year BSc course at 3mE (WB+MT), 800 students/year, TUD
  • 2016 - Modeling of Thermo- and Hydrodyn. sys., 5 ECTS, MSc course at 3mE, 60 students/year, TUD
  • 2012 - Burgerscentrum Turbulence Course, Graduate school course for PhD's, 50 students/year, TUD
  • 2011 - Turbomachinery, 4 ECTS MSc course at 3mE, 80 students/year, TUD
  • 2016 - 2019, Integrated Mechanical Systems, 12 ECTS, BSc course at 3mE, 400 students/year, TUD
  • 2011 - 2015, Fluid Machinery, 4 ECTS MSc course at 3mE, 40 students/year, TUD
  • 2008 - 2010, Computational Fluid Dynamics, 3 lectures, 30 students/year, Stanford University (US)

Research funding

  • 2020 - 2025, ERC-Consolidator Grant, When Flows Turn Turbulent in the Supercritical Fluid Region
  • 2017 - 2021, NWO-RVO, BioORC: Kostprijsverlaging Duurzame Energie
  • 2016 - 2021, NWO-STW, ORC turbogenerators: a quantum step forward by a novel integral design approach
  • 2016 - 2018, TUD Cohesion Project, Solar Energy Harvesting - Nanofluid - Nanomanufacturing
  • 2012 - 2016, FOM-Shell, Comp. Science Grant, DNS of turbulent flows close to their vapor-liquid critical point
  • 2011 - 2015, NWO-STW, Development of an accurate design correlations for supercritical heat transfer (PhD supervisor)

Supervision of Doctoral Students (ius promovendi since 2018)

  • Current
    • Asif Hasan
    • Marko Draskic
    • Pietro Carlo Boldini
    • Stephan Smit
  • Completed
    • Dr. Simone Silvestri, Postdoc at MIT, CLIMA project
    • Dr. Gustavo Otero, Researcher at TNO
    • Dr. Uttiya Sengupta, Senior Financial Consultant, Risk Topics
    • Dr. Ashish Patel, Software developer & cloud HPC at OnScale
    • Dr. Jurriaan Peeters, Assistant Prof. TU Delft. 
    • Dr. Hassan Nemati, CFD Specialist, 
    • Dr. Enrico Rinaldi, Software Developer at Maxon
    • Dr. Adeel Javed, Engineer Dyson
    • Dr. Sowande Boksteen, Senior Researcher, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

 

Personal website: dutw1479.wbmt.tudelft.nl/~renep/

 

 

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