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Dr Raf Theunissen

Dr Raf Theunissen

Dr Raf Theunissen
MSc, MRes, PhD

Visiting Senior Lecturer

Office 2.28
Faculty of Engineering,
Queens Building, University Walk BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 33 15202


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 the obtained experimental data.


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.


  • algorithms
  • flow analysis



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