Specialist Renewable Energy and Industrial Flows
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Mr. Ivo Pothof (PhD, MSc, 1972) currently manages the Deltares portfolio on Renewable Energy and Energy-efficiency. In this role, he identifies innovations and initiates new strategic projects on geothermal energy, tidal energy and smart control of energy infrastructure.
He is also a member of the Scientific Council of Deltares. Mr. Pothof has a background as an industrial hydrodynamics specialist at Deltares. Joining Delft Hydraulics (currently Deltares) in 1997, he became specialist in fluid transients, optimal control of pipeline systems and air-water pipe flows. His PhD thesis on air-water flows in downward sloping pipes is directly applicable to (waste)water, cooling water and hydropower outlet works.
He has worked on innovative solutions for the water industry in the Netherlands and abroad, like the application of booster pumping stations in the urban drainage system of Amsterdam. He has experience with development of numerical algorithms for fluid transients (WANDA software), commissioning fire fighting systems, field measurements and troubleshooting at chemical plants. He has written guidelines on fluid transients in Dutch standard NEN 3650 – 2006: Requirements for pipeline systems. Mr. Pothof is a member of the Technical Committee of the Pressure Surges Conference Series and affiliated with Delft University of Technology, department of Sanitary Engineering.
He has training experience as a lecturer at Deltares Academy (Hydrodynamics in Pipeline Systems) and as a guest lecturer at Delft University of Technology and UNESCO-IHE. He has published in various peer-reviewed journals and numerous conference proceedings. He graduated in 1995 in Systems and Control Theory at the University of Twente, faculty Applied Mathematics.
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|2011 - present||Delft University of Technology, Sanitary Engineering||Research staff member multiphase fluid dynamics.|
|1997 - present||Deltares||Deltares (formerly WL | Delft Hydraulics), specialist Industrial Hydrodynamics|
|1995 – 1997||Infram BV||Consultant mathematical modeling.|
Netherlands, 2012 – present
Smart Thermal Grid at Delft University of Technology. The heating and cooling infrastructure at the campus of Delft University includes conventional and renewable sources and will include more renewable sources in the future. Optimisation of the entire heating and cooling infrastructure at the campus using WANDA Heat, WANDA Control and other modeling tools. This innovative project will focus on the actual system performance (via monitoring) after modifications and on verification of the design simulations.
Saudi Arabia, 2011 – 2012
Royal Commission of Jubail. Assessment and mitigation of violent air release from a large industrial cooling water system (capacity > 150,000 m3/hr).
Netherlands, 2009 – present
Strategic R&D co-ordinator at Deltares on renewable energy from water and subsoil. Focus on innovations in thermal energy systems, tidal energy and osmotic energy.
Netherlands, 2007 – 2010
Contract research on gas pockets in downward sloping pipelines including large-scale two-phase flow experiments and numerical model development – CAPWAT (http://www.youtube.com/capwat)
Chevron Energy Technology. Air-water-silt experiments.
Netherlands, 2001 – present
Training courses on hydrodynamics of pipeline systems.
Feasibility of booster pump stations in the waste water transportation system of Amsterdam.
1998 – 2007
Numerical code development of hydraulic and control components of WANDA (shaft, air valve model, hybrid air vessel, unsteady friction, damper, infinite pipe, pipe with free surface flow, hydraulic model of porous bed, height dependent resistance, orifice plate, various control components)
1998 – 2001
European Commission. EC project SMT4-CT97-2188 “Transient pressures in pressurised conduits for municipal and sewage water transport”, development of guideline proposal on pressure transients.
UAE, Libya, 1997 – present
Hydraulic design, filling and refilling studies of very large water transportation systems.
Netherlands, 1997 – 1998
Physical and numerical modelling of air pocket movement in drinking water pipelines.
The influence of surface tension on air-water flows
Pothof, I.W.M., Schuit, A.D., Clemens, F.H.L.R. (2013), J. Hydraulic Engineering 139 (1), 1 – 8. DOI
Validation of the surge model and lessons learnt from commissioning of the Shuweihat Water Transmission Scheme
Leruth, P., Pothof, I.W.M., Naja, F. (2012), UAE, Proceedings of the 11th Int. Conf. on Pressure Surges, 24 – 26 October 2012, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 1 – 16 (on electronic device)
Innovative air vessel design for long distance transmission pipelines
Leruth, P., Pothof, I.W.M. (2012), Proceedings of the 11th Int. Conf. on Pressure Surges, 24 – 26 October 2012, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 1 – 17 (on electronic device).
Optimization of surge protection for a large water transmission scheme in Abu Dhabi
Zwan, van der S., Rudolph, D., Balkema, S.H., Pothof, I.W.M., Leruth, P-H., Proceedings of the 11th Int. Conf. on Pressure Surges, 24 – 26 October 2012, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 1 – 11 (on electronic device)
Air pocket removal from downward sloping pipes
Pothof, I.W.M., Clemens, F.H.L.R., Proceedings of the 9th Int. Conf. on Urban Drainage Modelling, 4 – 6 September 2012, Belgrade, Serbia, pp. 1 – 11 (on electronic device)
Guidelines for transient analysis in water transmission and distribution systems
Pothof, I.W.M., Karney, B.W. (2012), Proceedings of IWA Water Loss 2012, February 26-29, 2012, Manila, pp. 1 – 12 (on CD-ROM).
Slope profile measurement of the sewer invert
Dirksen, J., Pothof, I.W.M., Langeveld, J.G., Clemens, F.H.L.R. (2012), J. Automation in Construction, (in review)
Dynamic hydraulic models to study sedimentation in drinking water networks in detail
Pothof, I.W.M., Blokker, E.J.M.(2012), Drinking Water Engineering and Science 5, 87-92, doi:10.5194/dwes-5-87-2012.
Water hammer reduces fouling during natural water ultrafiltration
Broens, F, Menne, D., Pothof, I.W.M., Blankert, B., Roesink, H.D.W., Futselaar H., Lammertink, R.G.H., Wessling, M. (2012), Water Research 46(4), Pages 1113-1120.
The influence of surface tension on air-water flows
Pothof, I.W.M., Schuit, A.D., Clemens, F.H.L.R. (2012), The influence of surface tension on air-water flows, J. Hydraulic Engineering (accepted for publication).
Feasibility of Osmotic Power from a hydrodynamic analysis at module and plant scale
Zwan, van der, S., Pothof, I.W.M., Blankert, B. , Bara, J. (2012), Feasibility of Osmotic Power from a hydrodynamic analysis at module and plant scale, J. of Membrane Science, Volume 389, 1 February 2012, Pages 324-333, ISSN 0376-7388, 10.1016/j.memsci.2011.10.044.
Guidelines for transient analysis of supply systems
Pothof, I.W.M., Karney, B. (2012), in: Water Supply System Analysis – Selected Topics, Ostfeld A. (ed.), InTech – OpenAccess Publisher, ISBN: ISBN 978-953-51-0889-4.
Seven years of research in the joint industry project CAPWAT
Pothof, I.W.M., Kooij, C., Clemens, F.H.L.R. (2011), Seven years of research in the joint industry project CAPWAT, Proceedings 12th Int. Conf. Urban Drainage (ICUD), 11 – 16 September 2011, Porto Alegre, pp. 1 – 9 (on CD-ROM).
Guidelines on capacity reducing gas pockets in wastewater mains
Pothof, I.W.M., Tukker, M., Kooij, C., Clemens, F.H.L.R. (2011), Guidelines on capacity reducing gas pockets in wastewater mains, Proceedings Computing and Control for the Water Industry 2011 (CCWI), 5 – 7 September 2011, Exeter, pp. 1 – 6 (on CD-ROM)
Co-current air-water flow in downward sloping pipes; transport of capacity reducing gas pocket in wastewater mains
Pothof, I.W.M. (2011), Co-current air-water flow in downward sloping pipes; transport of capacity reducing gas pocket in wastewater mains, PhD thesis, Delft University of Technology, Delft.
Experimental study of air-water flow in downward sloping pipes
Pothof, I.W.M., Clemens, F.H.L.R. (2011), Experimental study of air-water flow in downward sloping pipes, Int. J. Multiphase Flow 37, 278 – 292.
On elongated air pockets in downward sloping and inclined pipes
Pothof, I., Clemens, F. (2010), On elongated air pockets in downward sloping and inclined pipes, J. Hydr. Research 48(4), pp. 499 – 503
Technical feasibility of energy conversion from salinity gradients along the Dutch coast
Swinkels, C., Zwan, van der, S., Bijlsma, A., Pothof, I., Technical feasibility of energy conversion from salinity gradients along the Dutch coast; a case study at IJmuiden, Proc. 1st IAHR congress, 4 – 6 May 2010, Edinburgh, pp. 1 – 6 (on CD-ROM)