von Karman Institute Lecture Series and Events

Advanced concepts for the reduction of flow-induced noise generation, propagation and transmission

Monday 23 November 2020 - Friday 27 November 2020

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This lecture series is part of the SmartAnswer project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 722401.

A step change in our noise mitigation strategies is required in order to meet the environmental targets or regulations defined for a number of sectors of activity affecting people through noise exposure, such as transportation, building ventilation systems and wind energy production. Besides being a hindrance to our daily life, noise emission is also a competitive issue for industrial stakeholders aiming at better passenger comfort, and quieter domestic appliances in our homes and working places.

New concepts and technological solutions have been emerging over the recent years, triggered by new manufacturing possibilities and a better understanding of the mechanisms involved in aerodynamic noise generation, propagation through duct systems, and transmission through flexible structures. Some of the most promising mitigation technologies will be addressed in a series of lectures given by international experts in their field, who will explain the rationale behind those technologies starting from first principles, together with the technological challenges to overcome towards their implementation in the final applications. The lectures will be punctuated with practical examples of applications relevant to various fields including ducted systems, rotating machineries (ventilation systems, wind turbines and aeroengines), or lightweight low-transmission panels. The course will conclude with a live demonstration of some technologies on a dedicated didactic test bench developed in the framework of the H2020 MSCA project SmartAnswer.

The Director of this lecture series is Professor Christophe Schram of the von Karman Institute.


In any case, the lecture series are foreseen ONLINE. If the COVID situation improves, we will organize some lectures on site.

Programme (3 days lecture series  and 2 days EU consortium)

The programme will be available soon.

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 and Registration

Early bird registration fee (until September 23, 2020 included)

Price for 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

LS Price NAT0 countries

Price for citizens of other 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.

Special reduction

Rebates can be given for group subscriptions along the following scheme :

- 5 persons of the same organization -2%
- 10 persons of the same organization -5%
- 20 persons of the same organization -10%