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Jacques Michotte

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As “civil” mechanical engineer, Jacques Michotte built up a large experience over a career of nearly 40 years focused primarily on thermal engineering for industrial equipment and processes.

After a few years as Assistant in the Department of Thermodynamics and Thermal Process Engineering at the University of Louvain (UCL) and then as Project Engineer in a nuclear engineering firm, he set up his own business in 1985, TI-Consult, a consulting engineering firm that became 3j-Consult in 2003 when he partnered with Jean-Claude Adriaansen and Jean-Benoit Verbeke.

Made of both practice and theory, his activity has focused on projects that require exhaustive knowledge of industry but also of the laws of physics in general and specifically of thermal science. From the early 1980s, he developed his own software’s for dynamic simulation of thermal processes.

Jacques Michotte also developed and systematically operated the most modern measurement techniques to approach reality on the ground and to compare his models against it. As a result of this passion for comparing and contrasting theory and practice, he quickly and effectively built up a wealth of knowledge and databases on thermal industrial processes.

His experience covers areas ranging from the drying of various products to metal casting, reheating furnaces, heating or cooking processes, steel tempering, biogas and the numerous applications of heat exchangers. Among many other projects, he provided the basic engineering and technical support for the construction of two new sheet metal heat treatment plants.

After years as the managing director of his consultancy firm, Jacques Michotte refocused his activity on the technical side of the business, handling knowledge management and transmission for 3j-Consult through his involvement in projects at the cutting edge of technical know-how. His recognised teaching skills have been put to use in training sessions in industrial thermal engineering, provided for in companies but also on behalf of "Techniques de l'Ingénieur" in Paris.