Symposium of VKI PhD Research 2020 - FREE REGISTRATION

Date: Monday 02 March 2020 to Wednesday 04 March 2020

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 PhD Symposium


During the 11th PhD symposium, the VKI graduate students will review the doctoral research carried out in the three departments of the Institute: Aeronautics and Aerospace, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics, and Turbomachinery and Propulsion.

The first-year PhD students will present a poster on their research plans and some preliminary results. The second-year students will give a 15-minute talk on their research activities and progress results followed by 5 minutes of questions. The other students will give a 20-minute talk followed by 10 minutes of questions. Prominent lecturers in three application fields of fluid dynamics will give a keynote lecture opening each day of the symposium.

The talks are organized in sessions according to the following topics:

- Rarefied and Plasma Flows

- Aerothermodynamics

- Numerical Methods

- Aerothermochemistry

- Environmental Flows and Safety

- Liquid Metal and Industrial Flows

- Liquid and Solid Propulsion

- Shape Otpimization

- Turbine and Compressor Aerodynamics & Heat transfer


Monday 2 March 2020

09:00 Keynote Lecture
Dr. Isabelle Gallagher, Département de Mathématiques et Applications, Ecole Normale Supérieure

10:00 Coffee Break

Rarefied and Plasma Flows

10:30 Stefano Boccelli
Development of moment methods for aerospace plasma flows with application to electric propulsion systems

11:00 Simon Demange
Uncertainty treatment in aerothermodynamic experimental databases

11:30 Vincent Giangaspero
Modeling strategy for blackout analysis of re-entry phases in space exploration missions

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Firas Ben Ameur
Development of high-order adaptative algorithms for simulating magnetic reconnection processes with uncertainty quantification


13:20 Francisco Torres Herrador
Experimental characterization and numerical modeling of space debris degradation during atmospheric reentry

13:50 David Henneaux
Towards a High-Fidelity Multiphase Solver with Application to Space Debris Aerothermal Ablation Modeling

14:10 Ivan Padilla Montero
Analysis of the stability of a flat plate high-speed boundary layer with discrete roughness

Numerical methods

14:40 Ray Vandenhoeck
Massively Parallel and Robust High-Order Methods for Transitional Hypersonic Flow Modelling on Unstructured Grids


15:00 Ana Isabel Del Val
Uncertainty treatment in aerothermodynamic experimental databases

15:30 Ludovico Zanus
Numerical analysys of hypersonic boundary layer by means of parabolized stability equations

16:00 Joffrey Coheur
Uncertainty quantification of aerothermal coupled flow-material simulations of low-density ablative thermal protection systems

16:30 Andrea Fagnani
Investigation of aeroThermomechanical and Chemical demise phenomena in Atmospheric entry plasma

Tuesday 3 March 2020

09:00 Keynote Lecture:
Dr. Jean Rabault, Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo
Recent results on Deep Reinforcement Learning applied to flow control and optimal design

10:00 Coffee Break

Environmental Flows and Safety

10:30 Yoshiyuki Nishio
Gas dispersion in urban environment by LES for military applications

11:00 Cem Senel
3D PBL scheme for ABL flows on earth and mars

Liquid Metal and Industrial Flows

11:30 Andrea Attavino
Numerical simulation of hydrogen deflagration in large compartments

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Adriana Enache
De-icing techniques for wind turbine blades

13:30 Zoé Jardon
High speed internal viscous flows

13:50 Maxim Van Cappellen
Modelling of polydispersed flows using QBMM

14:10 Joachim Dominique
Inferring empirical wall pressure spectral models using Gene Expression Programing

14:40 Riccardo Zamponi
Experimental investigation of the distortion of turbulence interacting with a porous airfoil

15:10 Alessandro Zarri
Aerocoustics automatve cooling fan

Poster Session and reception

Moumen Abdelhafidh 

Ali Can Akkurt 

Bart Brouwers

Michele Capriati
Development of a hypersonic flow solver under uncertainty

Loreline Faugier
Simulation of airflow in a subway station

Matilde Fiore
Thermal Turbulance modeling of low Pranatl number flows via data anamysis andmoching lewy

Baris Kale

Daniel Gabor Kovács

Tom Lauriks
Gas dispersion in urban environment by CDF

Aude Lecardonnel

Gustavo Lopes
3D flows in High-Speed low pressure turbines

Mizuki Okada
Advanced PIV Measurement in High-Speed Turbomachinery Flows

Fabio Pino
Feedback control of liquid metal coating

Romain Poletti

Svana Rogalla
Hot wings: Thermal impact of wing colouration on bird flight performance

Riccardo Toracchio
Performance and stability analysis of a highly-loaded low-pressure compressor under distorted inflow conditions

Antonio Federico Torre
Aerodynamics of a 1.5 stage High-Speed low-pressure turbine

Konstantinos Vratsinis

Luca Zampini
One-shot multi-grid optimization strategies


Wednesday 4 March 2020

09:00 Keynote to be defined

10:00 Coffee Break

Liquid and Solid Propulsion

10:30 Ali Can Ispir
Simulation of supersonic mixing of alternative fuels for air-breathing engines based on data mining

10:50 Maria Faruoli
A topical adjoint method for the optimization of sdtriling engine regenrators

11:20 Domenico Fiorini
Gas-liquid interface dynamics in non-isothermal sloshing: experimental and simplified mooling

11:40 Maria Teresa Scelzo
Toward densified propellants for space launchers: effect of solid particles on the flow convective heat transfer coefficient in pipe slurry flows.

12:10 Lunch

Shape Optimization

13:10 Arnaud Chatel
Hybrid optimization methods

13:40 Tom De Bruyn
Aero structural optimization using adjoint method

Turbine and Compressor Aerodynamics & Heat Transfer

14:00 Cédric Babin
Compressors leavage flows

14:30  Matteo Burigana
Design Optimization of HP Turbines

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Tania Cacao Ferreira
LES on a high-pressure inlet turbine guide vane under elevated freestream turbulence

16:00 End



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Eligibility Criteria

The citizens of the following countries are eligible to attend the von Karman Institute Lecture Series:

- EU member countries
- NATO member countries
- NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia)
- Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates)
- Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Japan, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Uruguay, South-Africa and Vietnam.

VKI reserves the right to request a clearance check with Belgian authorities.

The participants will have to present their ID card (for EU citizens) or passport (for other citizens) the first day of the symposium.


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