Introduction to Stability and Transition Analysis Methods - SSEMID

Date: Monday 23 October 2017 to Wednesday 25 October 2017

Location : von Karman institute for Fluid Dynamics, Waterloosesteenweg 72, 1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium, Main Conference Room
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VKI LS on Introduction to Satability and Transition AnalysisFlow instability analysis plays an active role in the identification and explanation of some of the most challenging topics of fluid mechanics. Its application in cases of industrial interest ranges from re-entry vehicles, to detached flows, up to aeroacoustic interactions and drag reduction for air vehicles.
The number different techniques available nowadays for modeling, prediction and measurement of such a phenomenon has vastly increased, offering unprecedented opportunities for the advancement of fluid dynamics understanding and its use in industrial design.


The course will introduce several aspects of the stability theory dealing with different phenomena and scenarios. Lectures will range from traditional linear stability method to parabolized stability equations and global stability. Moreover they will address compressible and incompressible flows stability in laminar and turbulent regimes, describing theoretical foundations, numerical methods and applications.

Logo European CommissionThe directors of this VKI Lecture Series are Prof. Eusebio Valero from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Dr. Fabio Pinna of the von Karman Institute.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 675008.









Participants to the lecture series
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Monday 23rd October 2017 (Theoretical)

  • 8:30     Welcome
  • 9:00     Introduction to stability problems, path to transition
    Professor Helen Reed, Texas A&M University, United States
  • 10:30     Coffee break
  • 11:00     Absolute and convective instability
    Professor Matthew Juniper, Cambridge University, United Kingdom
  • 12:30     Lunch
  • 14:00     Non modal stability
    Professor Peter Schmid, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • 15:30     Coffee break
  • 15:45      Sensitivity and receptivity
    Professor Helen Reed
  • 17:00     Welcome drink

Tuesday 24th October 2017 (Numerical)

  • 9:00      Numerical methods (DNS/LES)
    Professor Eusebio Valero, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain
  • 10:30     Coffee break
  • 11:00      Linear stability theory
    Professor Peter Schmid
  • 12:30     Lunch
  • 14:00      Parabolized Stability Equations
    Dr;Ing; Stefan Hein, Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Germany
  • 15:30     Coffee break
  • 15:45      BiGlobal stability equations
    Professor Eusebio Valero

Wednesday 25th October 2017 (Experimental)

  • 9:00     Design of the wind tunnel
    Professor Guillermo Paniagua, Perdue University, IN, United States
  • 10:30     Coffee break
  • 11:00          Experimental techniques, processing and uncertainty   
    Professor Guillermo Paniagua
  • 12:30     Lunch
  • 14:00    Visit
  • 15:15     Coffee break
  • 15:30    Measurements in hypersonic flows
    Dr. Guillaume Grossir and Dr. Davide Masutti, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium


Fee & Registration



Early bird (until August 23, 2017 included)

Lecture Series Early Bird

Normal fee (after August 23, 2017)

Lecture Series Fees

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

For PhD candidates and undergraduate students: The request to be considered for a discount must accompany the application to attend the Lecture Series, and the applicant must provide a recommendation letter from his or her professor; if not, 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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