prof.dr.ir. W. Rohlfs (Wilko)

Full Professor

About Me

I am full professor in the Department of Thermal and Fluid Engineering. In 2015 I finished my PhD on "Wave Characteristics of Falling Liquid Films under the Influence of Positive and Negative Inclination or Electrostatic Forces" at RWTH Aachen University for which I received the Friedrich Wilhelm Award. In 2014 I obtained a second PhD in economics on "Decision-Making under Multi-Dimensional Price Uncertainty for Long-Lived Energy Investments". In 2015, I was Post Doctoral Fellow in the research group of John Lienhard V at MIT, Cambridge. From 2015 to 2021 I was leader of the research group "Convective Heat Transfer" at RWTH Aachen University. In 2021, I was appointed as Full Professor in Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics at the University of Twente.


Engineering & Materials Science
Boundary Layers
Heat Transfer
Liquid Films
Physics & Astronomy
Jet Impingement
Falling Film
Heat Transfer
Liquid Film

Ancillary Activities

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    Retail selling of components for solar power plants
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    Consulting services


Rohlfs, W., Cammiade, L. M. F., Rietz, M., & Scheid, B. (2021). On the effect of electrostatic surface forces on dielectric falling films. Journal of fluid mechanics, 906, [A18]. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2020.735
Kumar, G. V., Cammiade, L. M. F., Kelm, S., Prakash, K. A., GroƟ, E. M., Allelein, H-J., Kneer, R. , & Rohlfs, W. (2021). Implementation of a CFD model for wall condensation in the presence of non-condensable gas mixtures. Applied thermal engineering, 187, [116546]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2021.116546
Askarizadeh, H., Ahmadikia, H., Ehrenpreis, C., Kneer, R., Pishevar, A. , & Rohlfs, W. (2019). Role of gravity and capillary waves in the origin of circular hydraulic jumps. Physical review fluids, 4(11). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.114002
Kofman, N. , Rohlfs, W., Gallaire, F., Scheid, B., & Ruyer-Quil, C. (2018). Prediction of two-dimensional dripping onset of a liquid film under an inclined plane. International journal of multiphase flow, 104, 286-293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmultiphaseflow.2018.02.007

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Wilko Rohlfs is the founder of the mobile teaching application HeatQuiz. HeatQuiz was developed to help students deepen their knowledge of conduction, convection, radiation and mass transfer by solving short tasks. The tasks can be solved in a limited amount of time without the need for a pencil. This makes HeatQuiz ideal for use during short breaks.

The questions are reached via so-called "game maps", which provide structured access to series of questions, each consisting of 5-10 tasks.

HeatQuiz can be accessed via the website: www.HeatQuiz.app.



Courses Academic Year  2022/2023

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Courses Academic Year  2021/2022

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room N234
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  N234
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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