Dr Philip van Eyk

Lecturer
Dr Philip van Eyk
  Org Unit School of Chemical Engineering
  Email philip.vaneyk@adelaide.edu.au
  Telephone +61 8 8313 6081
  Location Floor/Room N2 10 ,  Engineering North Building ,   North Terrace

Dr Philip van Eyk is a Lecturer and Research Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. Currently, Dr van Eyk is involved with two major research projects. Firstly, Dr van Eyk acts as the overall project manager, and key researcher, for an ARC Linkage project (LP150101241) which aims to provide the experimental data and modelling tools required to aid in the scale up of continuous hydrothermal liquefaction reactors for biocrude oil production. Secondly, Dr van Eyk is performing key research on process modelling and chemical kinetics experiments for an ARENA funded project which aims to add concentrated solar thermal energy to the Bayer Alumina process. During this period Dr van Eyk has also contributed a substantial proportion of his time to the School of Chemical Engineering teaching program.

Dr van Eyk's PhD was on the use of in-situ laser induced fluorescence to provide mechanistic insights into the release of sodium during the combustion of brown coal particles. From 2008-2012, Dr van Eyk was a Research Associate in the School Chemical Engineering, performing design, commissioning and experimental campaigns of small laboratory scale to pilot scale solid fuel combustion and gasification systems for an industrial research project. The project with Strike Energy Ltd aimed at proving technologies to convert South Australian brown coals into liquid fuels using circulating fluidised bed gasification and Fischer Tropsch Synthesis. From 2012-2015, Dr van Eyk undertook a fellowship funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) which involved experimental campaigns in Adelaide and in ETH Zurich, model development and techno-economic studies to determine the technical feasibility of incorporating solar energy into solid fuel gasification systems for liquid fuel production via Fischer Tropsch Synthesis. 

PhD in Chemical Engineering (University of Adelaide)

BE (Chemical) Hons (University of Adelaide)

BSc (University of Adelaide)

Courses I am teaching (2017):

Semester 1

CHEM ENG 4046 Combustion Processes / MECH ENG 4112, 7021 Combustion Technology & Emission Control (UG, PG)

CHEM ENG 4056 Research Practice

Semester 2

CHEM ENG 1010 Professional Practice I

CHEM ENG 2019 Introduction to Minerals Processing

CHEM ENG 3036 Unit Operations Laboratory

CHEM ENG 4014 Plant Design Project

CHEM ENG 4054 Research Project

Hydrothermal processing of wastewater sludges, algal biomass and agricultural residues using:

1.    Hydrothermal carbonisation, and

2.    Hydrothermal liquefaction.

Utilisation of concentrated solar thermal energy in high temperature processes including: 

1.    Gasification of solid fuels, and 

2.    Calcination of minerals.

Combustion and gasification of low-rank coal and biomass to produce electricity, syngas or liquefied fuels.

Ash related problems with thermal utilisation of brown coal and biomass.

Mathematical modelling of sequential processes in solid fuel combustion and gasification.

Journal Publications

 

30.    Air permeability of the litter layer in temperate forests of south-east Australia.

         Wang, H., van Eyk, P.J., Medwell, P.R., Birzer, C.H., Tian, Z.F., Possell, M.

         Submitted to Science of the Total Environment (31-Aug-2017).

 

29.    Co-gasification of algae with wood in an entrained flow reactor: gas yields and ash behavior.

         Zhu, Y., van Eyk, P.J., Boman, C., Broström, M., Kirtania, K., Piotrowska, P., Wu, X., Boström, D., de Nys, R., Bhattacharya, S., Gentili, F.G., Ashman, P.J.

         Submitted to Energy & Fuels (2017).

 

28.    Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons on Particulate Matter Emitted during the Co-Generation of Bioenergy and Biochar from Rice Husk.

         Dunnigan, L., Morton, B.J., van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., Zhang, X., Hall, P.A., Kwong, C.W.

         Bioresource Technology 244 (2017) 1015-1023.

 

27.    Effects of oxygen concentration on radiation-aided and self-sustained smouldering combustion of radiata pine.

         Wang, H., van Eyk, P.J., Medwell, P.R., Birzer, C.H., Tian, Z.F., Possell, M. 

         Energy & Fuels 31 (2017) 8619-8630.

 

26.    Approaches to accommodate resource variability in the modelling of solar driven gasification processes for liquid fuels synthesis.

         Saw, W.L., Guo, P., van Eyk, P.J., Nathan, G.J.

         Solar Energy, In Press (28-May-2017). 

 

25.    Gasification reactivity and physicochemical properties of the chars from raw and torrefied wood, grape marc and macroalgae.

         Guo, P., Saw, W., van Eyk, P. J., Stetchel, E.B., de Nys, R., Ashman, P. J. Nathan, G. J.

         Energy & Fuels 31 (2017) 2246-2259.

 

24.        A pressurized high-flux solar reactor for the efficient thermochemical gasification of carbonaceous feedstock.

         Müller, F., PoĹživil, P., van Eyk, P. J., Villarrazo, A., Haueter, P., Wieckert, C. H., Nathan, G. J., Steinfeld, A. 

          Fuel 93 (2017) 432-443.

 

23.       System optimization for Fischer-Tropsch liquid fuels production via solar hybridized dual fluidized bed gasification of solid fuels.

         Guo, P., Saw, W., van Eyk, P. J.,  Stetchel, E.B., Ashman, P. J. Nathan, G. J.

         Energy & Fuels 31 (2017) 2033-2043.

 

22.       Research challenges in combustion and gasification arising from emerging technologies employing directly irradiated concentrating solar thermal radiation.

Nathan, G.J., Dally, B.B., Alwahabi, Z.T., van Eyk, P.J., Jafarian, M., Ashman, P.J.

Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 36 (2017) 2055-2074.


21.       Identification and quantitative analysis of smouldering and flaming combustion of radiata pine.

Wang, H., van Eyk, P.J., Medwell, P.R., Birzer, C.H., Tian, Z.F., Possell, M. 

Energy & Fuels 30 (2016) 7666-7677.

 

20.       The effect of high-flux solar irradiation on the gasification of coal in a hybrid entrained-flow reactor.

van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., Nathan, G.J. 

Energy & Fuels 30 (2016) 5138-5147.

 

19.       Storage Capacity Assessment of Liquid Fuels Production by Solar Gasification in a Packed Bed Reactor using a Dynamic Process Model.

Kaniyal, A.A., van Eyk, P.J., Nathan, G.J. 

Applied Energy 173 (2016) 578-588.

 

18.       Fluidized bed co-gasification of algae and wood pellets: gas yields and bed agglomeration analysis.

Zhu, Y., Piotrowska, P., van Eyk, P.J., Boström, D., Wu, X., Boman, C., Broström, M., Zhang, J., Kwong, C.W., Wang, D., Cole, A.J., de Nys, R., Gentili, F.G., Ashman, P.J. 

Energy & Fuels 30 (2016) 1800-1809.

 

17.       Control of agglomeration during circulating fluidised bed gasification of a South Australian low-rank coal - Pilot scale testing.

van Eyk, P. J., Kosminski, A., Mullinger, P. J., Ashman, P. J. 

Energy & Fuels 30 (2016) 1771-1782.

 

16.       Mobilisation of Trace Elements during Thermal Conversion of Algae Cultivated in Ash Dam Water.

Lane, D.J., van Eyk, P.J., de Nys, R., Roberts, D.A., Cole, A.J., Ashman, P.J.

Biomass and Bioenergy 83 (2015) 183-195.

 

15.       Pyrolysis characteristics and char reactivity of Oedogonium sp. and Loy Yang coal.

Zhu, Y., Kwong, C. W., van Eyk, P.J., de Nys, R., Wang, D., Ashman, P.J.

Energy & Fuels 29 (2015) 5047-5055.

 

14.       Impact of Sodium and Sulphur species on Agglomeration and Defluidisation during Spouted Bed Gasification of South Australian Lignite.

McCullough, D.P., van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J. Mullinger, P.J. 

Energy & Fuels 29 (2015) 3922-3932.

 

13.       Release of Cl, S, P, K and Na during Thermal Conversion of Algal Biomass.

Lane, D.J., van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., Kwong, C.W., de Nys, R., Roberts, D.A., Cole, A.J., Lewis, D.M. 

Energy & Fuels 29 (2015) 2542-2554.

 

12.       Performance assessment of Fischer-Tropsch liquid fuels production by solar hybridized dual fluidized bed gasification of lignite.

Guo, P., van Eyk, P.J., Saw, W., Ashman, P.J., Nathan, G.J., Stechel, E.

Energy & Fuels 29 (2015) 2738-2751.

 

11.       Co-gasification of Australian brown coal with algae in a fluidized bed reactor.

Zhu, Y., Piotrowska, P., van Eyk, P.J., Boström, D., Kwong, C.W., Wang, D., Cole, A.J., de Nys, R., Gentili, F.G., Ashman, P.J. 

Energy & Fuels 29 (2015) 1686-1700.

 

10.       Algal Biomass: Occurrence of the Main Inorganic Elements and Simulation of Ash Interactions with Bed Material.

Lane, D.J., Zevenhoven, M., Ashman, P.J., van Eyk, P.J., Hupa, M., de Nys, R., Lewis, D.M. 

Energy & Fuels 28 (2014) 4622-4632.

 

9.         Combustion Behaviour of Algal Biomass - Carbon release, nitrogen release and char reactivity.

Lane, D.J., Ashman, P.J., Zevenhoven, M., Hupa, M., van Eyk, P.J., de Nys, R., Karlström, O. Lewis, D.M. 

Energy & Fuels 28 (2014) 41-51.

 

8.          Dynamic modelling of the co-production of liquid fuels and electricity from various fuel blends via a hybrid solar gasifier.

Kaniyal, A.A., van Eyk, P.J., Nathan, G.J. 

Energy & Fuels 27 (2013) 3556-3569.

 

7.          Polygeneration of liquid fuels and electricity by the atmospheric pressure hybrid solar gasification of coal.

Kaniyal, A.A., van Eyk, P.J., Nathan, G.J., Ashman, P.J. Pincus, J.J.

Energy & Fuels 27 (2013) 3538-3555.

 

6.         Control of agglomeration and defluidisation during fluidised bed combustion of South Australian low-rank coals.

van Eyk, P.J., Kosminski, A. Ashman, P.J. 

Energy & Fuels 26 (2012) 118-129.

 

5.          Mechanism and kinetics of sodium release from brown coal char particles during combustion.

van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J. Nathan, G.J. 

Combustion and Flame 158 (2011), 2512-2523.

 

4.          Investigation of agglomeration and defluidisation during spouted-bed gasification of high-sodium, high sulfur South Australian lignite.

McCullough, D.P., van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J. Mullinger, P.J. 

Energy & Fuels 25 (2011) 2772-2781.

 

3.          The release of water-bound and organic sodium from Loy Yang coal during the combustion of single particles in a flat flame.

van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., Alwahabi, Z.T. Nathan, G.J. 

Combustion and Flame 158 (2011) 1181-1192.

 

2.          Simultaneous measurements of the release of atomic sodium, particle diameter and particle temperature for a single burning coal particle.

van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., Alwahabi, Z.T. Nathan, G.J. 

Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 32 (2009) 2099-2106.

 

1.          Quantitative measurement of atomic sodium in the plume of a single burning coal particle.

van Eyk, P.J., Ashman, P.J., Alwahabi, Z.T. Nathan, G.J. 

Combustion and Flame 155 (2008) 529-537.

 

Conference Papers

 

13.     Solar Hybridized Coal-to-liquids via Gasification in Australia: Techno-economic Assessment.

         Saw, W., Kaniyal, A., van Eyk, P., Nathan, G., Ashman, P.

         International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES), Beijing, PEOPLES R CHINA, Energy Procedia 69 (2015) 1819-1827. 

 

12.     Production by Co-gasification of Coal and Biomass in a Solar Hybrid Dual Fluidized Bed Gasifier.

         Guo, P., Saw, W., van Eyk, P., Ashman, P., Nathan, G., Stechel, E.

         International Conference on Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES), Beijing, PEOPLES R CHINA, Energy Procedia 69 (2015) 1770-1779.

 

11.     Investigation of smouldering combustion of biomass fuel.

         Wang, H., Medwell, P., Birzer, C., van Eyk, P., Tian, Z.

         ASPACC 2015 - 10th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion, Beijing, China, 19-22 July 2015.

 

10.     Optics and photonics in solar thermal energy technologies.

         Nathan, G., Alwahabi, Z., Dally, B., Medwell, P., Arjomandi, M., Sun, Z., Lau, T., van Eyk, P.

         Optical Instrumentation for Energy and Environmental Applications, 2014, Canberra, Australia

 

9.      Hybrid solar gasification of biomass in a dual fluidized bed reactor for the polygeneration of liquid fuels and electricity.

         Guo, P., Ashman, P., van Eyk, P., Nathan, G.

         Chemeca: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering, 2013, Brisbane.

 

8.      Mathematical modelling of a hybrid solar entrained-flow gasifier

         van Eyk, P., Ashman, P., Nathan, G. 

         Australian Combustion Symposium, 2013, Western Australia.

 

7.      Quantitative in-situ measurements of sodium release from combusting South Australian brown coal particles.

         van Eyk, P., Ashman, P., Nathan, G., Alwahabi, Z.

         Australian Combustion Symposium, 2011, NSW.

 

6.      Kinetics of sodium release from a single brown coal particle burning in a flat flame.

         van Eyk, P., Ashman, P., Alwahabi, Z., Nathan, G.,

         Australian Combustion Symposium, 2009, Brisbane.

 

5.      Gasification of grape marc in a circulating fluidised bed.

         van Eyk, P., Muhlack, R., Ashman, P., 

         Australian Combustion Symposium, 2009, Brisbane.

 

4.      Measurement of atomic Na released from a coal particle using quantitative planar laser induced fluorescence

         van Eyk, P., Ashman, P., Alwahabi, Z., Nathan,G.

         Australian Combustion Symposium, 2007, Sydney, Australia.

 

3.      Study on atomic sodium release from pulverised coal particles in a pre-mixed natural gas flame

         van Eyk, P., Wong, C., Syred, N., Ung, E., Alwahabi, Z., Ashman, P., Nathan, G. 

         Australian Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Fluid Mechanics and Combustion, 2005, McLarens on the Lake, McLaren Vale, South Australia.

 

2.      Studies of the release of sodium from pulverised coal in a flat flame burner and implications for slagging and fouling in boilers and furnaces

         van Eyk, P., Syred, N., Chong, W., Nathan, G., Alwahabi, Z., Gralton, T., Griffiths, A.

         43rd AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit, Reno, NV, United States, 2005. 

 

1.     Studies of the Release of Sodium from Pulverised Coal in a Flat Flame Burner.

        Syred, N., van Eyk, P., Chong, W., Alwahabi, Z., Nathan, G.

        International Symposium on Applications of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics 12 - 15 July 2004, Lisbon, Portugal.

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