Dr Raoul van Loon
Associate Professor
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 602018
Room: Academic Office - A_119
First Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus

From 1995 until 2001 I did my BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology graduating in the group of Prof. Frank Baaijens. My graduation work was on the development of a finite element code that could describe the three-dimensional swelling behaviour of porous tissues and clays using the theory of mixtures.

After that I started my PhD in the Bioengineering department in the group of Prof. Frans van de Vosse. The subject of my research was to develop a fluid-structure interaction method that could be used for heart valve modelling. In 2005 I received my PhD on this topic.

As a Marie Curie fellow I started work in the group of Spencer Sherwin in the Aeronautics Department at Imperial College London. The research focused on a further development and understanding of numerical techniques and models concerning the fluid-structure interaction of heart valves.

In addition I collaborated with the Tissue Engineering group, led by Patricia Taylor, Adrian Chester and Sir Magdi Yacoub, at the Heart Science Centre in Harefield. In collaboration with Chris Bowles I contributed to the optimisation of a bioreactor for tissue engineered heart valves.

Currently I work on various problems related to biomechanics and biofluid flow. My main collaborators are Igor Sazonov and Perumal Nithiarasu in the College of Engineering and Jason Xie in the Computer Science department.

Publications

  1. A Fully Coupled Fluid-Structure Interaction Model of the Secondary Lymphatic Valve. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
  2. & Integrated geometric and mechanical analysis of an image-based lymphatic valve. Journal of Biomechanics 64, 172-179.
  3. & Mathematical Techniques for Circulatory Systems. In Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences.
  4. & Investigation of Shape with Patients Suffering from Unilateral Lymphoedema. Annals of Biomedical Engineering
  5. & Three-dimensional computational model of a blood oxygenator reconstructed from micro-CT scans. Medical Engineering & Physics

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Teaching

  • EG-215 Process Modelling

    The module aims to develop the ability to construct mathematical models of processes so as to be able to predict their performance and optimise their design. Models of simple processes will lead to ordinary (or partial) differential equations, with special reference to biochemical and biomedical engineering processes, as well as environmental and general engineering systems..

  • EG-238 Experimental Studies for Medical Engineers

    The course introduces the students to experimental studies in a wide range of subjects. Each experiment is self contained and the student will present the findings in written form through a lab report which will have a set of experiment specific questions to answer. This written report also forms the basis for the assessment. All students work in groups and carry out five experiments which vary according to discipline, however the assignments are all individually submitted. The students keep a log-book of the experimental observations and results, which is used for reference for the technical report from each experiment written-up in the week after the experiment.

  • EGA336 Biomedical Flows in Physiology and Medical Devices

    This course focuses on the application of fluid mechanics to the modeling of biological systems and medical devices. This is particularlty relevant to understand the (patho)-physiology of the human body and for the development of medical equipment. The course aims to introduce the mathematical techniques used for the areas of blood flow in the human vasculature and airflow in the lungs. In addition, some relevant biological processes and associated diseases will be discussed and related back to the fluid mechanical observations.

  • EGTX02 Introduction to Biomaterials (BMEN343)

    Introduction to the structure-property relationships of engineering materials with an application to medical devices.

  • EGTX03 Engineering Analysis for Mechanical Engineers (MEEN-357)

    This course provides a practical foundation for the use of numerical methods to solve engineering problems. The topics studied in this course are: error estimation, Taylor series, solution of non-linear algebraic equations and linear simultaneous equations; numerical integration and differentiation; initial value and boundary value problems. We will study these techniques mathematically and apply them to engineering problems. Personal computers are extensively used in this course and students are expected to program the numerical analysis techniques studied. MATLAB is the programming language to be used during this class. Although no previous knowledge of programming in general or MATLAB in particular is required, the students are expected to become proficient in the use of this tool by the end of the semester.

  • EGTX04 Biostatistics for Biomedical Engineers (BMEN-489)

    This course is intended for students in biomedical engineering and covers statistical methods important for analyzing data arising from the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research, clinical trials, and epidemiology; students will learn how to choose and apply suitable statistical tests to solve typical problems encountered during their careers as biomedical engineers.

  • EGTX05 Analysis and Design Project I (BMEN-453)

    Group or team biomedical engineering analysis and design project involving statement, alternative approaches for solution, specific system analysis and design.

  • EGTX06 Swansea-Texas Exchange: Final Report

    A final report is required from the students that describes the student experience of the exchange from an academic, cultural and social point of view.

  • EGTX07 Computer Aided Engineering with MATLAB (BMEN-485)

    The course provides a practical foundation for the use of numerical methods to solve engineering problems. It will review MATLAB programming techniques and apply these techniques to a range of engineering problems. By the end of the course students should 1) feel comfortable in a programming environment 2) be able to translate numerical formulations into a program, 3) solve engineering problems computationally with a critical view on accuracy and speed.

  • EGTX08 Engineering Biology (BMEN282)

    The purpose of the course is to become familiar with fundamental concepts in molecular and cellular biology and to apply engineering principles to understand cellular functions.

  • EGTX09 Principles of Statistics I (STAT211)

    This module can only be undertaking at Texas A&M University as part of the undergraduate exchange program in medical & chemical engineering. Any information in this module descriptor is for reference only and the student is referred to the module descriptor provided by the lecturer of the module upon arrival at Texas A&M for the exact details. This module is taken as the equivalent of EG-285 Statistical and Computational Methods, which is taught in the College of Engineering at Swansea University.

  • EGTX10 Physiology for Bio-engineers (VTPP-434)

    This course is intended for students in biomedical engineering and covers statistical methods important for analyzing data arising from the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, biomedical research, clinical trials, and epidemiology; students will learn how to choose and apply suitable statistical tests to solve typical problems encountered during their careers as biomedical engineers.

  • EGTX11 Chemical Engineering Mass Transfer Operation (CHEN424)

    This module can only be undertaking at Texas A&M University as part of the undergraduate exchange program in medical engineering. The information in this module descriptor is for reference only and the student is referred to the module descriptor provided by the lecturer of the module upon arrival at Texas A&M for the exact details.

  • EGTX12 Process Dynamics and Control (CHEN461)

    This module can only be undertaking at Texas A&M University as part of the undergraduate exchange program in medical and chemical engineering. The information in this module descriptor is for reference only and the student is referred to the module descriptor provided by the lecturer of the module upon arrival at Texas A&M for the exact details.

  • EGTX13 Process Safety Engineering (CHEN455)

    This module can only be undertaking at Texas A&M University as part of the undergraduate exchange program in medical and chemical engineering. The information in this module descriptor is for reference only and the student is referred to the module descriptor provided by the lecturer of the module upon arrival at Texas A&M for the exact details.

  • EGTX14 Heat Transfer (MEEN461)

    This module can only be undertaking at Texas A&M University as part of the undergraduate exchange program in medical and chemical engineering. The information in this module descriptor is for reference only and the student is referred to the module descriptor provided by the lecturer of the module upon arrival at Texas A&M for the exact details.

  • EGTX15 Renewable Energy Conversion (BAEN414)

    This module can only be undertaking at Texas A&M University as part of the undergraduate exchange program in medical and chemical engineering. The information in this module descriptor is for reference only and the student is referred to the module descriptor provided by the lecturer of the module upon arrival at Texas A&M for the exact details.

  • EGTX16 Chemical Engineering Fluids Operations (CHEN304)

    TBA

  • EGTX17 Chemical Engineering Lab II (CHEN433)

    TBA

  • EGTX18 Structural Analysis (A&M 306)

    This module can only be undertaking at Texas A&M University as part of the undergraduate exchange program in aerospace engineering. The information in this module descriptor is for reference only and the student is referred to the module descriptor provided by the lecturer of the module upon arrival at Texas A&M for the exact details.

  • EGTX19 Intro to aerothermodynamics (A&M 212)

    This module can only be undertaking at Texas A&M University as part of the undergraduate exchange program in aerospace engineering. The information in this module descriptor is for reference only and the student is referred to the module descriptor provided by the lecturer of the module upon arrival at Texas A&M for the exact details.

  • EGTX20 Subsonic Aerodynamics (A&M 301)

    To be defined by Texas A&M

  • EGTX21 Dynamics of Aerospace Vehicles (A&M 321)

    This module can only be undertaking at Texas A&M University as part of the undergraduate exchange program in aerospace engineering. The information in this module descriptor is for reference only and the student is referred to the module descriptor provided by the lecturer of the module upon arrival at Texas A&M for the exact details.

  • EGTX22 Aerospace Systems for Texas Exchange Students (replaces EGA220)

    The modules introduces systems to aerospace engineering students, and covers aspects of systems engineering, aircraft fluid systems, aircraft electrical and electronics systems, management maintenance, reliability and sustainability of systems.

  • EGTX24 Technical and Business Writing (EGL210)

    To be decided by Texas A&M

  • EGTX25 Essentials in Biology (BIOL113)

    To be decided by Texas A&M

  • EGTX26 Chemical Engineering Materials (CHEN313)

    To be decided by Texas A&M

Supervision

  • Exploiting 3D scanning technology in lymphoedema for accurate and fast measurements of volume and shape (current)

    Student name:
    DProf
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Fenlon
  • Multiphasic momentum, Heat and mass transfer within a hollow fibre blood oxygenator (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Sam Rolland
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
  • Development of a cardiovascular and lymphatic network model during human pregnancy. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Lewis
  • Studying the visco-elastic behavior of the lymph through experimental and computational micro-fluidics (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Owen Guy
  • Multiscale modelling of Angiogenesis and Lymphangiogenesis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Gibin Powathil
  • Numerical Study of Lymph Mechanics«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Kenith Meissner
  • 'Shape Analysis and Finite Element Modelling of Lymphoedemic Arms using 3D Cameras' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Igor Sazonov
  • 'The development of monitoring wearable module for smart compression garments' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Davide Deganello
  • ''Computational Strategies for Investigating Flow and Oxygenation in Hollow Fibre Membrane-Type Blood Oxygenators'' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sam Rolland
    Other supervisor: Prof Johann Sienz
  • 'Advanced Data acquisition techniques applied to product development and improvement of manufacturing processes.' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Sam Rolland
    Other supervisor: Prof Richard Johnston

Key Grants and Projects

  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship 2006 - 2007

    EIF24006

  • EPSRC 2010 - 2011

    EP/H017348/1

  • NISCHR PhD studentship 2011 - 2014

  • BTG 2011 - 2012

    (EPSRC)

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2013 Present Adjunct Associate Professor Dpt. Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
2012 Present Associate Professor C2EC, Swansea University
2007 2012 Lecturer (RCUK fellow) C2EC, Swansea University
2005 2007 Research Fellow (Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship) Dpt. Aeronautics, Imperial College London
2001 2005 PhD Dpt. Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology
1995 2001 BSc & MSc Dpt. Mechanical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology