Introduction to Ground Testing Facilities

Date: Monday 06 November 2017 to Wednesday 08 November 2017

Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode (near Brussels), Belgium
Contact : VKI secretariat, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Phone: +32 2 359 96 04



VKI-LS Ground testing facilities have been used since long in aeronautics and aerospace, as they have been developed for environmental and industrial applications. Nowadays they are still major sources of key data for investigations in all fields of fluid dynamics.

This course is organized for student and engineers to provide a general understanding of the design, operation and application of ground testing facilities from all speed regimes. Experimental methodology is exposed as well as the interpretation of the data and their extrapolation to real situation. The course includes an on-site presentation of the VKI facilities during a lab visit.

This Lecture series is based on the long tradition and experience developed at VKI on experimental testing.


Introduction to Ground testing


Preliminary Programme

Monday 6 November, 2017

  • Welcome address
  • 09:15 Overview of wind tunnels
    Prof. M. Carbonaro, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium
  • 10:15 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 Similarity rules and similitude methodology
    Prof. J.M. Buchlin, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Design and operation of subsonic wind tunnels 1
    Prof. B. Bottin, ISIB & , von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Design and operation of subsonic wind tunnels 2
    Prof. B. Bottin
  • 17:00 Reception

Tuesday 7 November, 2017

  • 10:45 Design, Operation and testing in transonic and supersonic wind tunnels
    Prof. B. Bottin
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Test bench development for turbomachinery applications
    Prof. T. Arts, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Extrapolation from ground testing to real engine operation
    Prof. T. Arts

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

  • 09:00 High enthalpy and Plasma Wind tunnels design and operation
    Prof. O. Chazot, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium
  • 10:15 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 Ground testing strategy for planetary re-entry simulation
    Prof. O. Chazot
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Visit of the lab, VKI Facilities: Low speed, turbomachinery, and environmental applications
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Visit of the lab, VKI Facilities: High speed and Plasma wind tunnels


Fee & Registration

Register here

Early bird (until September 6, 2017 included)

Lecture Series Early Bird

Normal fee (after September 6, 2017)

Lecture Series Fees

Type 1: Permanents residents of NATO countries funding VKI: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Turkey
Type 2: Permanents residents of NATO countries not funding VKI or NATO partners countries
Type 3: Permanents residents of non -NATO countries

For the PhD candidate and undergraduate student: The request to be considered for an award must accompany the application to attend the Lecture Series, and the applicant must provide a recommendation letter from his or her professor; if not done so, the request will not be taken into consideration. All possible alternative sources of funding should be investigated before aid is requested under this scheme, so that those most in need will benefit.

REDUCTION for the normal fee. Not applicable when early bird.

-50% for the 3rd & 4th participant from the same company. The normal fee price list is available here.


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