Olivier Chazot

O. ChazotHead of Aeronautics and Aerospace Department (since February 1st, 2011)

Doctor in Applied Science, Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France

+32 2 359 96 37

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  • PhD, EPM-Madylam, CNRS UPR A 9033, Grenoble France, 1997
  • Diplome d’Etude Avancées (DEA), Univ. Lyon I, 1993
  • Engineer degree in. Physics & Materials, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, INSA- Lyon, 1993


Since 2010: Head of Aeronautics/Aerospace Department, VKI

2013- present: Professor, von Karman Institute

2006 - 2012: Associate Professor, von Karman Institute

2000 - 2006: Assistant Professor, von Karman Institute

1998 - 2000: ESA Post-Doctoral Research fellow

1997 - 1998: Post-Doctoral Research fellow, von Karman Institute


  • Invitation to Russian Academy of Science, Moscow  (FNRS fellowship)
  • Window on Science, USAF : (WGP Visit # 112 031), 4th AF/SNL/NASA Worshop
  • Member of HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) committee: Rouen University (France)
  • Member of Scientific committee of AIAA International Space Planes and Hypersonic Systems and Technologies Conference
  • Member of Scientific committee of European Symposium on Aerothermodynamics for Space Vehicles
  • Member of Scientific committee of International Workshop on Radiation of High Temperature Gases in Atmospheric Entry
  • Member of Scientific committee of Symposium on Integrating CFD and Experiments in Aerodynamics
  • Member of Technical committee of “Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS, Space Branch)
  • Member of expert group: RTO-043 Working Group:
  • Member of expert group: ESA Transition Working group
  • Member of ESA Plasma Working Group (2003-2005)
  • Member of AVT-136/RTG-043: Assessment of Aerothermodynamic Flight Prediction Tools through Ground and Flight Experimentation
  • European chairman for STO-AVT 205: Assessment of Predictive Capabilities for Aerothermodynamic heating of hypersonic systems
  • Member of STO Task Group AVT 200 : Hypersonic Laminar/Turbulent transition
  • Member of STO Task Group AVT 199 : Catalytic Gas Surface interactions in Hypersonic flows
  • Member of GARTEUR Group AG51 : Effect of Laminar/Turbulent transition in Hypersonic flows.


Reviewer of journals: International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics (ijcfd), AIAA Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer (JTHT), The Journal for Engineering Research (TJER), The Open Aerospace Engineering Journal (TOAEJ), Materials Chemistry and Physics (MATCHEMPHYS), Experiment in Fluids (EXIF), AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power (JP&P), Experiments in Thermal Fluid Science (ETFS), Aerospace Science and Technology (AESCTE).



  • Compressible flows
  • Introduction to measurement techniques: Optical characterization of density (von Karman Institute, part of 2.5 ECTS)
  • Hypersonic aerodynamics   (von Karman Institute 2 ECTS)
  • Transonic aerodynamics (von Karman Institute 1 ECTS)
  • Plasma wind tunnel design  (von Karman Institute 1 ECTS)
  • Measurement techniques laboratories (von Karman Institute  part of 7,5 ECTS)


      • EuroConference, Paris, France, 2001
      • VKI-RTO Lecture Series : Experimental studies on hypersonic stagnation point chemical environment, Feb. 2006
      • 19ème journée thématique de l’AFVL, CNRS, France, June 2006
      • Course on “Hypersonic entry and cruise vehicle”, Stanford and NASA Ames research center, USA, July 2008
      • 48th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, USA :Catalysis Phenomena Determination in Plasmatron Facility for Flight Experiment Design, Jan. 2009
      • 4th AF/SNL/NASA Ablation Worshop, Albuquerque, USA : Investigation of the Gas-Surface Interaction of innovative carbon composite ablators in the VKI Plasmatron, Mar. 2011
      • 50th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Nashville, USA : Review of the VKI research on nonequilibrium phenomena in hypersonics, Jan. 2012



      • Aerothermodynamics of re-entry vehicle
      • Thermochemical nonequilibrium in high speed flows
      • Catalytic properties of thermal protection system
      • Roughness induced laminar to turbulent transition at hypersonic regime
      • Plasma flow characterization
      • Development of high enthalpy facilities


Principal investigator of funded research on:

  • Flight experiments (Aerothermochemistry testing of Fotino capsule )
  • Validation of aerothermochemistry models for re-entry
    • Validation of aerothermodynamics tools for experimental and computational tools for the support of future Mars missions
    • Roughness Induced Transition and TPS Junction payloads on the EXPERT Vehicle
    • In-Flight experiment CATE (CATalylis Experiment) on the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV)
    • Nanoparticle synthesis by plasma reactor



Click here for the list of publications of Olivier Chazot

  1. Chazot, O.; Vanden Abeele, D.; Carbonaro, M.: Comparison of experimental and numerical result for the dynamic pressure in an inductive plasma flow. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, December 1999, Vol. 891, pp 368-376
  2. Bottin, B.; Carbonaro, M.; Chazot, O.; Degrez, G.; Vanden Abeele, D.; Barbante, P.F.; Paris, S.; Vander Haegen, V.; Magin, T.; Playez, M.: A Decade of Aerothermal Plasma Research at the von Karman Institute. Contributions to Plasma Physics, 2004, Vol. 44, No. 5-6, pp. 472 – 477.
  3. Utyuzhnikov, S.V.; Konyukov, A.V.; Rudenko, D.V.; Valilevsii, S.A.; Kolesnikov, A.F.; Chazot; O.: Simulation of Subsonic and Supersonic flows in inductive Plasmatrons. AIAA Journal, Sept. 2004, Vol. 42, No 9, pp 1871-1877.
  4. Barbante, P.F. & Chazot, O.: flight extrapolation of plasma wind tunnel stagnation region flowfield. Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, July-September 2006, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp 493-499.
  5. Panesi M., Rini P., Degrez G., Chazot O., Analysis of Chemical Nonequilibrium and Elemental demixing in Plasmatron Facility. Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, January-March 2007, Vol. 21, No. 1, pp 57-66.
  6. J. Beloki Perurena, C. O. Asma, R. Theunissen , O. Chazot, Experimental investigation of liquid jet injection into Mach 6 hypersonic crossflow, Experiments in Fluids vol. 46, N.3, March 2009, pp 403– 417.
  7. Panesi, M.; Magin, T. E.; Bourdon, A.; Bultel, A.; Chazot, O., Analysis of the FIRE II flight experiment by means of a collisional radiative model, Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 23, No 2, 2009, pp 236-248.
  8. Degrez G., A. Lani, M. Panesi, O. Chazot and H. Deconinck, Modelling of high enthalpy, high-Mach number flows. J. Phys D: Appl. Phys. 42 (2009) 19400 (16 pp)
  9. Tirtey S.,L. Walpot, O. Chazot, Characterisation of hypersonic roughness-induced boundary-layer transition. Experiment in Fluids, Vol. 50, No. 2, 2011, pp 407-418
  10. Panesi M., T.E Magin, A. Bourbon, A. Bultel, O. Chazot, Electronic excitation of atoms and molecules for the FIRE II flight experiment, Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 25, Issue 3, July-September 2011, pp 361-373 (JCR Impact Factor 0,739)
  11. Panerai, F. & Chazot, O.: Characterization of gas/surface interactions for ceramic matrix composites in high enthalpy, low pressure air flow. Materials Chemistry and Physics, June 2012, Vol. 134, Issues 2-3, pp 567-607 (JCR Impact Factor 2,234)
  12. Verant, J.-L.; Perron, M.; Balat-Pichelin, O., Chazot, O.; Kolesnikov, A.; Sakharov, V.; Gerasimova, Omaly, P.: Microscopic and macroscopic analysis for TPS SiC material under Earth and Mars re-entry conditions, Int. J. Aerodynamics, Vol. 2, Nos. 2/3/4, 2012
  13. Masutti, D.; Spinosa, E.; Carbonaro, M.; Chazot, O.: Disturbance Level Characterization of a Hypersonic Blow-Down Facility, AIAA Journal, 2012, Vol. 50, Issue 12, pp 2720-2730 (JCR Impact Factor 1,057)
  14. Asma, C.O.; Chazot, O.; Vetrnao, M.R.: Sauter Mean Diameter Measurements of a Water Jet Injected into Hypersonic Air Flow, Accepted in Aerospace Science and Technology, 2012 (JCR Impact Factor 0,983)
  15. Marschall, J.; Pejakovic, D.A.; Fahrenholtz, W.G.; Hilmas, G.E.; Panerai, F.; Chazot, O.: Temperature jump phenomenon during plasmatron testing of ZrB2-SiC ultrahigh-temperature ceramics, Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 26, Issue 4, October-December 2012, pp 559-572 (JCR Impact Factor 0,739)
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