von Karman Institute Lecture Series and Events

Online / on-site 13rd Symposium of VKI PhD Research 2022

Wednesday 23 February 2022 - Friday 25 February 2022

 VKI PhD Symposium


We are happy to confirm that the online / on-site PhD symposium will be organized from 23 to 25 February 2022. Prominent lecturers in three application fields of fluid dynamics will give a keynote lecture opening each day of the symposium.

During the 13rd 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 short pitch of maximum 5 minutes on their research plans and some preliminary results. Their posters are available for download on the programme tab.

The second-year students will give a 15-minute talk on their research activities and progress results followed by 5 minutes of questions.

The third-year  students will give a 20-minute talk followed by 5 minutes of questions. 

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

  • Liquid Metals & Industrial Flows
  • Environmental flows & Safety
  • Aeroacoustics
  • Liquid & Solid Propulsion
  • Aerothermochemistry
  • Aerothermodynamics
  • Rarefied and plasma flows
  • Turbine aerodynamics & heat transfer
  • Compressor aerodynamics & heat transfer
  • Shape Optimization
  • Instrumentation & measurement techniques


Online / On-site Symposium

von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

Waterloosesteenweg 72

B-1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode (near Brussels)

Parking and Safety Information

Parking places are available on the premises, just before the security fence.

To enter, please ring the bell at the fence.

It is mandatory to wear the face mask indoors. In the restaurant, you can remove your face mask while eating and drinking.

The COVID Safe Ticket (proof of vaccination or recovery) is required to attend the lecture series on-site.

Programme (UTC+1) - updated 13/01/2022

Wednesday 23 February 2022

09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Lecture: Non-Synchronous Vibration Modelling for Modern Axial Compressors
Prof. Sina Stapelfeldt, Imperial College, United Kingdom and visiting professor at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

Session 1: Compressors Aerodynamic and Heat Transfer

Chair: TBD

10:30 - 10:50 Gonçalo GRANJAL CRUZ: Improvement of measurement accuracy using Bayesian inference

10:50 - 11:15 Riccardo TORACCHIO: Inlet distortion effect on highly loaded transonic axial compressor

Session 2: Instrumentation & Measurement Techniques

Chair: TBD

11:15 - 11:40 Mizuki OKADA: Implementation of PIV in high speed turbomachinery flows

11:40 - 12:05 Muhsin Can AKKURT: Raytracing in PIV 

13:25 - 13:45 Tommaso CARLESI: Experimental analysis of natural convection in liquid metals

12:25 - 13:25 Lunch

13:25 - 13:50 Bart BROUWERS: Acoustic attenuation of mud for high ultrasound frequencies

Session 3: Shape Optimization

Chair: TBD

13:50 - 14:15 Luca ZAMPINI: One-shot multigrid acceleration of optimisation

14:15 - 14:40 Tom DE BRUYN: Aero-elastic tailoring of composite turbomachinery blades through gradient-based optimisation

Session 4: Turbine Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer

Chair: TBD

14:40 - 15:05 Gustavo LOPES: Purge and leakage flow effects on the aerodynamics of a high-speed low-pressure turbine cascade

15:05 - 15:35 Coffee Break

15:35 - 16:00 Antonino Federico TORRE: Experimental investigation of the aerodynamics of a single-stage high-speed low-pressure turbine

16:00 - 16:20 Federico BERTELLI: The role of freestream turbulence scales on the aerodynamics of blade-passage flows

16:20 - Pitch & Poster Session

Tomáŝ LEVÝ: HDG Solver for Time-Dependent Conservation Laws
Emilio LOPEZ FIGUEIRAS: Passive control in cross-flow by means of small discrete roughness element
Diana LUIS: Magnetohydrodynamics enhanced radio blackout mitigation system for space transportation during planetary entries
Ata Onur BASKAYA: Influence of ablative recession on atmospheric entry aerothermodynamics
Adrien VASSEUR: Modeling and exploitation of aerothermal probes in helicopter engines
Greyson KALE
Manas NERURKAR: Modeling of Coherent Wavepackets in Supersonic Jets
Nicolas CORTHOUTS: Development of a 3D hybridized discontinuous Galerkin solver for inductively coupled plasmas
Thanh-Son TRAN: Advance Optimization Concept for Axial Compressor
Bora Orcun CAKIR: Design and analysis of a novel high-supersonic aircraft concept
Trond-Ola HAGBO
Gert-Jan GLABEKE: CW LIDAR development
Erica GALLO: Experimental and numerical analysis of transient maneuvering multicopters noise
Tsvetelina IVANOVA: Data-driven nowcasting for early detection of high impact precipitation & lightning strikes on offshore wind turbine blades
Jan VAN DEN BERGHE: Reconciling engineering models of ejectors with experiments and CFD using physics-informed machine learning
Pedro MARQUES: Thermo-fluid dynamics of cryogenic liquid storage

Thursday 24 February 2022

08:30 - 09:00 Registration and welcome

09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Lecture 

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

Session 5: Aerothermochemistry 

Chair: TBD

10:30 - 10:50 Enrico ANFUSO: Investigation of aerothermodynamic phenomena of aerospace flight in ground testing facilities

10:50 - 11:15 Michele CAPRIATI: Robust and high-fidelity simulations of 3D unsteady hypersonic flows

11:15 - 11:40 David HENNEAUX: Enforcing interface coupling conditions within a high-Order Sharp Interface Method: Application to Viscous Compressible Gas-Liquid Flows for Space Debris Ablation

11:40 - 12:05 Andrea FAGNANI: Comprehensive characterization of the aero-thermo-mechanical response of space debris materials to atmospheric entry plasmas

12:05 - 12:25 Fabio Miguel PEREIRA MORGADO: Multi-fidelity approach for aerodynamic modelling and simulation of uncontrolled atmospheric destructive entry

12:25 - 13:25 Lunch

Session 6: Aerothermodynamics

Chair: Dr. Guillaume Grossir, research engineer, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

13:25 - 13:50  Ali Can ISPIR: Simulations of supersonic mixing of alternative fuels for air-breathing engines based on data mining

13:45 - 14:05 Daniel Gabor KOVACS: Aerothermodynamic investigation of space debris breakup

Session 7: Rarefied and Plasma flows

Chair: TBD

14:05 - 14:35 Louis REBOUL: Asymptotic preserving methods for fluid equations

14:30 - 14:50 Giuseppe GANGEMI: Towards a high-order fluid simulation of Argon plasma-sheath

14:50 - 15:10  Pedro JORGE: Modeling and estimating measurement uncertainty of VKI's new low density facility

15:10 - 15:40 Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:00 Pietro PARODI: Plasma simulation using the implicit particle-in-cell method

16:00 - 16:25 Firas BEN AMEUR: TBD

16:25 - 16:50 Vincent GIANGASPERO:Modeling strategy for blackout analysis of re-entry phases in space exploration missions

Friday 25 February 2022

09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Lecturer: Vincent Moreau, CNRS research fellow at CORIA, France

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

Session 8: Aeroacoustics 

Chair: Dr. Julien Christophe, research engineer, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

10:30 - 10:55 Baris KALE: Wind turbine aeroacoustics with WRF

10:55 - 11:20 Kartik VENKATRAMAN: Numerical investigation of noise radiated by an H-Darrieus vertical axis wind turbine using the Lattice Boltzmann approach

Session 9: Environmental flows & Safety

Chair: TBD

11:20 - 11:40 Pierrette ATIKPO: Dispersion after explosion

11:40 - 12:00 Emmanuel GILLYNS: NEK5000 wind turbine wake & aeroelasticity

12:00 - 12:25 Loreline FAUGIER: Comparison of numerical results and experimental measures of airflow in a subway station

12:25 - 13:25 Lunch

13:25 - 13:50 Cem Berk SENEL: WRF 3D PBL

13:50 - 14:15 Konstantinos VRATSINIS: Wind turbine aeroelasticity

14:15 - 14:40 Tom LAURIKS: Coarse grid implicit LES for urban pollutant dispersion

14:40 - 15:05 Abdelhafidh MOUMEN: Particle imagery velocimetry for velocity measurement of muzzle flow

15:05 - 15:25 Benoit FOLOPPE: Development of a dynamic wake model accounting for wake advection delays and mesoscale wind transients

15:25 - 15:55 Coffee Break

15:55 - 16:15 Adithya VEMURI: WRF & wind turbine aeroelasticity

Session 10: Liquid and Solid Propulsion

Chair: TBD

16:15 - 16:40 Domenico FIORINI: Analysis and modeling of dynamic contact angles

Session 11: Liquid Metals & Industrial Flows

Chair: TBD

16:40 - 17:00 Yohanna HENROTEL: Implementation of phase change for a two-phase flow in porous media code

17:00 - 17:20 Wassim ABDEL NOUR: Topology optimization of a multiphase heat exchanger’s distributor with high efficiency

17:20 - 17:45 David BARREIRO: Numerical models for the simulation of gas-liquid flows in jet wiping

17:45 - 18:05 Aude LECARDONNEL: Low GWP refrigerants in HX

18:05 - 18:30 Romain POLETTI: Wind turbine aeroelasticity

18:30 - 18:55 Maxim VAN CAPPELLEN: Moments methods in particle laden flows

18:55 - 19:20 Matilde FIORE: Turbulence & heat transfer in liquid metals

19:20 - 19:45 Fabio PINO: A journey in the active control of liquid film flows


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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.


Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

Waterloosesteenweg 72