About me – Rebei Bel Fdhila

Since 2005 I am an adjunct professor in computational fluid dynamics and process modelling within Future Energy, and main supervisor for several PhD students. I am also employed at ABB AB Corporate Research in Västerås.

Education background

I graduated in hydraulic engineering at National Engineering School of Tunis, Tunisia, in 1985. In 1986 I received diploma of advanced studies (equivalent of MSc) in heat and mass transfer at the National Polytechnic Institute of Tolouse, France, and I became a PhD in fluid mechanics at the same institute in 1991.

Post-doctoral research experiences

During 1991–1995 I conducted research at Institute of Fluid Mechanics of Tolouse, the University of Birmingham, England, and the University of Twente, Netherlands.  It focused on single-phase and two-phase bubbly flows local experimental data for physical analysis and understanding (Tolouse), air-water two-phase bubbly flow in laboratory-scale airlift bio-reactor (research fellow, Birmingham), numerical multiphase flows (post-doctoral research fellow, Tolouse), and responsibility for research (Twente).

Supervision and teaching

During the period of 1992–1999 I supervised a total of nine students in Tolouse, Twente, and at MDH in Västerås. During 2000–2008 I was teaching the Introduction to turbulence course at MDH.

Industrial R&D experience at ABB

Between 1995 and 2002 I was principal scientist/project leader, in charge of numerical fluid dynamic (CFD) projects involving multiphase flows, and heat and mass transfer. During 2002–2015 I was senior scientist in process modelling, where my main tasks were technology development; planning; organization; networking and communication with academia, R&D organizations and other industries; and mentoring to improve the competence at ABB. In 2015 I became corporate research fellow, focusing on strategic technology planning within thermal management and fluid flow process and products.



A selection of projects I am/have been involved in:
Projekt  Forskargrupp  Projektansvarig  Huvudfinansiär 
DigiBoil – Development of computational fluid dynamic boiling heat transfer models with applicabilit Framtidens energi Rebei Bel Fdhila KK-stiftelsen
MR-OMDO – Reduceringsmodell för tvärvetenskaplig onlineoptimering Framtidens energi Rebei bel Fdhila KK-stiftelsen