Hans Åkerstedt
Hans Åkerstedt

Hans Åkerstedt

Fluid Mechanics
Fluid and Experimental Mechanics
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
+46 (0)920 491280
E802A Luleå


Currently I am mainly involved in two research areas, space plasma physics and free-surface MHD flows.
The aim of the space plasma research is to increase the understanding of the interaction between the solar wind and the terrestrial magnetosphere. One of the main goals is to understand how the solar wind plasma can enter into the magnetosphere. The space plasma research is in collaboration with IRF in Kiruna and is a part of the Swedish National School of Space Technology.
In the free-surface MHD flow project liquid metal flows typically occuring in metallurgical processes, such as horisontal belt strip casting and galvanisation of steel strips are considered. Especially the effects of application of DC/AC magnetic fields to improve the quality of solidified strip in these processes are investigated.
I am also program director of the aeronautical engineering program at the university.
I am teaching several undergraduate courses:

  • Computational methods in mechanics (MTM126)
  • Electromagnetic field theory (MTF105)
  • Waves, plasmas and antennas(MTF108)
  •  Aerodynamics (MTM458).


Article in journal

Dynamic Distributed Storage of Stormwater in Sponge-Like Porous Bodies (2020)

Modelling Water Uptake
Lundström. S, Åkerstedt. H, Larsson. S, Marsalek. J, Viklander. M
Water, Vol. 12, nr. 8
Article in journal

Deposition of submicron charged particles in turbulent pipe flow with an application to trachea (2018)

Åkerstedt. H
The International Journal of Multiphysics, Vol. 12, nr. 1, s. 9-25
Article in journal

Modelling transport and deposition of non-spherical micro- and nano-particles in composites manufacturing (2018)

Holmstedt. E, Åkerstedt. H, Lundström. S
Journal of reinforced plastics and composites (Print), Vol. 37, nr. 8, s. 507-519
Article in journal

Numerical Investigation of Turbulent Flow through Rectangular and Biconvex Shaped Trash Racks (2017)

Åkerstedt. H, Eller. S, Lundström. S
Engineering, Vol. 9, nr. 5, s. 412-426