Fluid-Structure Interaction for Industrial Applications

Date: Monday 23 March 2020 to Friday 27 March 2020

Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Sint-Genesius-Rode (near Brussels), Belgium
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Fluid-Structure Interaction for Industrial Application

Flow-induced vibration (FIV) is a phenomenon resulting from the interaction of flexible structures immersed in highly energized fluid flows, and it falls in a more general category of fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problems.

FIV plays an important role in many industrial applications. The knowledge and understanding of FSI/FIV are critical to estimate the lifetime of the different components (pipelines, heat exchangers, turbines etc.) with regard to fatigue, stress corrosion cracking, possible failure modes and mechanical wear. Recently, the use of numerical tools to simulate FIV has received large interest due to the availability of more computational resources and the necessity to analyse complex configurations with more details. These approaches are based on the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Computational Structural Dynamics (CSM) tools, which are coupled together to solve FSI problems.

In the framework of this lectures series, several well-known experts from around the world will give lectures on the important topics related to the computational FSI in order to understand and study the FIV in different industrial applications. This lecture series aims at providing a detailed background to welcome novices in the field as well as a comprehensive overview of recent developments of computational FSI in various industrial applications.

All the participants (students, postdocs, young researchers,…) are invited to prepare a 5 minutes pitch presentation of their research. This presentation will allow the participants to further interact with the lecturers. The three best pitches will be awarded with a certificate and a prize.

The Lecture Series co-directors are Dr. Afaque Shams from NRG (The Netherlands) and Mr. Philippe Planquart from the von Karman Institute (Belgium).




Preliminary programme


Monday 23 March 2020


08:30 Registration

09:00 Welcome Address

09:15 Introduction to Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI)/Flow-Induced Vibration (FIV)
Prof. C. Meskell, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

10:45 Coffee Break

11:15 FIV in Nuclear Reactor Components / Facilities
Mr. F. Roelofs, Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG), The Netherlands

12:30 Lunch

14:00 The Importance of Understanding FIV in Nuclear Reactor Components
Dr. D. Vivaldi, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN), France

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Analytical Methods for the Evaluation of FIV
Dr. A. Papukchiev, Gesellschaft Fuer Anlagen-Und Reaktorsicherheit (GRS), Germany

17:30 Reception

19:00 End of the Day


Tuesday 24 March 2020


09:00 Computational Methods for FSI/FIV 
Prof. J. Degroote, Ghent University, Belgium

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Turbulence Modelling: DNS, LES and RANS
Prof. I. Tiselj1 and Dr. A. Shams2, 1Institut Jožef Stefan (JSI), Slovenia and 2Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG), The Netherlands

12:30 Lunch

14:00 FIV in Reactor Fuel Assembly
Dr. H. Hadzic, Framatome, Germany

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 Students’ Competition
Research Pitch (5 mins per Student)
All the participants (students (MSc, PhD), postdocs, young researchers) are invited to prepare a 5 mins pitch of their research. Three best pitches will be awarded with a certificate and a prize.

17:30 End of the Day


Wednesday 25 March 2020


09:00 Flow induced vibration applied to the fretting wear in fuel assemblies
Dr. G. Ricciardi, French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Fluid Elastic Instabilities in Tube Bundles
Dr. B. Chazot, Framatome, France

12:30 Lunch

14:00 FIV in Heat Exchangers
Prof. S. Etienne, Polytechnique Montréal, Canada

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 FSI / FIV in Tube Arrays
Prof. M. Hassan, University of Guelph, Canada

17:30 End of the Day


Thursday 26 March 2020


09:00 FIV in Steam Generators
Dr. E. Merzari, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), USA

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 FSI/FIV in Reactor Vessel and Internals
Dr. P. Veber, Vattenfall, Sweden

12:30 Lunch

14:00 FSI in Pipelines
Dr. F. Daude, Électricité de France (EdF), France

15:30 Coffee Break

16:00 FSI/FIV Real-Life Challenges for (Nuclear) Power Plant Applications
Dr. E. Lillberg, Vattenfall, Sweden

17:30 End of the Day


Friday 27 March 2020


09:00 Reduced-order Models and Uncertainty Quantification in FSI/FIV
Dr. R. Dwight, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 FSI/FIV: Static, Scaling and Thermal Analyses
Dr. A. Shams, Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG), The Netherlands

12:30 Lunch
13:30 Award Ceremony
Best Research Pitch Award
1st Position
2nd Position
3rd Position

13:45 Closure and Visit to VKI’s experimental Facilities

15:30 End of the Lecture Series


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 lecture series.

Fee & Registration

Register here

Early bird registration fee (until January 1st, 2020 included)

Lecture Series Early Bird

Late registration fee (after January 1st, 2020)

Lecture Series Fees

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

Information for PhD candidates and undergraduate students: To obtain the reduced price, the applicant must provide a recommendation letter from his or her professor; if not, the request will not be taken into consideration.

Discount: -50% for the 3rd & 4th participant from the same company. The discount is applicable on the late registration fee, not on the early bird registration fee.


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