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 Dr. Patrick Anderson, 2008



Patrick Anderson is Associate Professor of Fluid Mechanics in Polymer Processing at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. He studied Applied Mathematics at TU/e with Prof. Arnold Reusken. In 1999 he completed his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU/e with Prof. Han Meijer. His PhD work was on distributive mixing of polymer melts and solutions using combined computational and theoretical methods. Following a break at Océ Technologies, working on hot-melt inkjet printing, he joined the Polymer Technology group at TU/e. He is a member of PPS since 1997 and has attended more than 10 international or regional PPS meetings. At two meetings, in Yokohama and Athens, he was given the opportunity to present a keynote lecture and also a plenary lecture in Guimarães. In addition, he has acted as session organizer at several recent PPS meetings. The research interest of Patrick Anderson include structure development during flow, interfacial phenomena, microfluidics, mixing and polymer processing. Key topics are:

  • the development of novel numerical methods to analyze distributive mixing in both static and dynamic mixers. In particular, the mapping method has proven to be powerful in optimization of mixing processes, and is finding new applications in the field of microfluidics;
  • the extension of boundary integral models to describe the dynamics of viscous drops in confined flow. This approach is able to tackle the complex process of viscous drop coalescence over the complete range of length scales, i.e. about five orders. Also the effect of surfactants on drop deformation and breakup in shear flow has been unraveled, and their role has been summarized so that the outcome becomes accessible to the scientific and industrial community.
  • the development and application of diffuse-interface models to predict the morphology and rheology of polymer blends. In addition, this type of modelling is applied to describe polymer phase separation in complex flow.
  

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