von Karman Institute Lecture Series and Events

14th Symposium of VKI PhD Research 2023

Tuesday 07 March 2023 - Thursday 09 March 2023

 VKI PhD Symposium



Prominent lecturers in three application fields of fluid dynamics will give a keynote lecture opening each day of the symposium.

During the 14th 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 3 minutes on their research plans and some preliminary results. 

Other students will give a 15-minute talk on their research activities and progress results 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


von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

Waterloosesteenweg 72

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

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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: Prof. Frank Eulitz, head of Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

10:30 - 10:50 Gonçalo GRANJAL CRUZ: Improvement of measurement accuracy using Bayesian inference – Reduction of instrumentation effort in an axial compressor

10:50 - 11:10 Riccardo TORACCHIO: Steady and unsteady numerical characterisation of a highly-loaded low-pressure compressor stage

Session 2: Instrumentation & Measurement Techniques

Chair: Prof. Delphine Laboureur, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

11:10 - 11:30 Bart BROUWERS: Acoustic attenuation of cohesive sediments (mud) at high ultrasound frequencies (online)

11:30 - 11:50 Mizuki OKADA: Particle image velocimetry in a high-speed short-duration turbine rig

11:50 - 12:10 Muhsin Can AKKURT: Thermal investigation of a pipe with heart-shaped dimples using liquid crystal thermography

12:10 - 12:30 Tommaso CARLESI: Experimental analysis of natural convection in liquid metals

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 13:50 Bora Orcun CAKIR: Comparative assessment of image processing techniques for optical flow based background oriented Schlieren

Session 3: Shape Optimization

Chair: Dr. Mohamed Hassanine Aissa, research engineer, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

 13:50 - 14:10 Luca ZAMPINI: One-shot multigrid acceleration of optimisation

 14:10 - 14:30 Tom DE BRUYN: Aero-elastic tailoring of composite turbomachinery blades through gradient-based optimisation

 14:30 - 14:50 Thanh-Son TRAN: Advance Optimization Concept for Axial Compressor

Session 4: Turbine Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer

Chair: Dr. Loris Simonassi, PostDoc, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

14:50 - 15:10  Gustavo LOPES: Aerodynamics of a transonic low-pressure turbine cascade at on- and off-design Reynolds and Mach numbers

15:10 - 15:40 Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:00 Antonino Federico TORRE: Numerical traverses of a five-hole probe downstream a transonic turbine vane

16:00 - 16:20 Federico BERTELLI: On the design and characterization of a turbulence generator for a low-speed cascade rig

16:20 - 16:40 Adrien VASSEUR: Modeling and exploitation of aerothermal probes in helicopter engines (online)

16:40 - Pitch & Poster Session

Greyson KALE: Influence of pressure on the oxidation and nitridation of carbon-based ablators (online)
Lorenzo VALLISA: Advanced characterization of densified cryogenic hydrogen (online)
Diana LUIS: Magnetohydrodynamics enhanced radio blackout mitigation system for space transportation during planetary entries
Tomáŝ LEVÝ: HDG Solver for Time-Dependent Conservation Laws
Emilio LOPEZ FIGUEIRAS: Passive control of cross-flow by means of small discrete roughness element
Ata Onur BASKAYA: Influence of Ablation on Atmospheric Entry Aerothermodynamics 
Manas NERURKAR: Modelling of coherent wavepackets in supersonic jets
Nicolas CORTHOUTS: Development of an Axisymmetric Hybridized Discontinuous Galerkin Solver for Inductively Coupled Plasma (online)
Rui GONCALVES: Aerodynamic and aeroacoustic installation effects of building-integrated windturbines
Erica GALLO: Experimental and numerical investigation of the noise emitted by maneuvering multicopter drones 
Tsvetelina IVANOVA: Data-driven nowcasting for early detection of high impact precipitation & lightning strikes on offshore wind turbine blades
Romain HOTTOIS: Multidisciplinary optimization of noise emission in turbomachinery
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
Marcello NITTI: Higher-order cyclostationary approaches for fault detection of gears and bearings in rotating machinery

Thursday 24 February 2022

09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Lecture: Grigorios Dimitriadis, Professor, Aeroelasticity and Experimental Aerodynamics (AEA), Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Liège and adjunct professor at the von Karman institute for Fluid Dynamics   (online)

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

Session 5: Aerothermochemistry 

Chair: Dr. Alessandro Turchi, research expert, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

10:30 - 10:50 Enrico ANFUSO: An introduction to the importance of chemical models in the enthalpy rebuilding procedure of plasma wind tunnels

10:50 - 11:10 Michele CAPRIATI: Multi-fidelity heat flux characterization of a supersonic plasma jet over a catalytic probe

11:10 - 11:30 David HENNEAUX: Enforcing interface coupling conditions within a high-Order Sharp Interface Method: Application to Viscous Compressible Gas-Liquid Flows for Space Debris Ablation

11:30 - 11:50 Andrea FAGNANI: Comprehensive characterization of the aero-thermo-mechanical response of space debris materials to atmospheric entry plasmas

Session 6: Aerothermodynamics

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

11:50 - 12:10 Fabio Miguel PEREIRA MORGADO: Multi-fidelity approach for aerodynamic modelling and simulation of uncontrolled atmospheric destructive entry (online)

12:10 - 12:30  Ali Can ISPIR: Simulations of supersonic mixing of alternative fuels for air-breathing engines based on data mining

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 13:50 Daniel Gabor KOVACS: Aerothermodynamic investigation of space debris breakup: Experimental characterization of the VKI Longshot Mach 14 contoured nozzle

Session 7: Rarefied and Plasma flows

Chair: Dr. Damien Le Quang, senior research engineer, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

13:50 - 14:10 Louis REBOUL: Asymptotic preserving methods for fluid equations

14:10 - 14:30 Giuseppe GANGEMI: Towards a high-order fluid simulation of Argon plasma-sheath

14:30 - 14:50  Pedro JORGE: Modeling and estimating measurement uncertainty of VKI's new low density facility

14:50 - 15:10 Pietro PARODI: Plasma simulation using the implicit particle-in-cell method

15:10 - 15:40 Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:00 Firas BEN AMEUR: Development of high-order adaptive algorithms for simulating magnetic reconnection processes with uncertainty quantification

16:00 - 16:20 Vincent GIANGASPERO:Modeling strategy for blackout analysis of re-entry phases in space exploration missions

Session 8: Liquid and Solid Propulsion

Chair: Dr. Maria Teresa Scelzo, research engineer, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

16:20 - 16:40 Domenico FIORINI: Transient dynamics of contact angles

Session 9: Aeroacoustics 

Chair: Dr. Alessandro Zarri, Post Doc, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

16:40 - 17:00 Kartik VENKATRAMAN: Numerical investigation of noise radiated by an H-Darrieus vertical axis wind turbine using the Lattice Boltzmann approach

Friday 25 February 2022

09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Lecturer: High fidelity simulations of turbulent multiphase flows
Vincent Moreau, CNRS research fellow at CORIA, France

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

Session 10: Environmental flows & Safety

Chair: Sr. Wim Munters, Research Engineer, von Karman institute for Fluid Dynamics

10:30 - 10:50 Pierrette ATIKPO: Dispersion after explosion

10:50 - 11:10 Emmanuel GILLYNS: NEK5000 wind turbine wake & aeroelasticity

11:10 - 11:30 Loreline FAUGIER: Comparison of numerical results and experimental measures of airflow in a subway station

11:30 - 11:50 Baris KALE: Multiscale wake modeling and performance assessment of the modified Vestas V27 wind turbine under neutral ABL conditions: a validation study 

11:50 - 12:10 Konstantinos VRATSINIS: Wind turbine aeroelasticity

12:10 - 12:30 Benoit FOLOPPE: Development of a dynamic wake model accounting for wake advection delays and mesoscale wind transients (online)

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 13:50 Abdelhafidh MOUMEN: Particle Image Velocimetry in the Propellant Flow : A Case Study of a.300 Blackout Weapon

13:50 - 14:10 Tom LAURIKS: Coarse grid implicit LES for urban pollutant dispersion

14:10 - 14:30 Trond-Ola HAGBO: Influence of number of simulated wind directions on pedestrian wind comfort maps (online)

14:30 - 14:50 Adithya VEMURI: Mesoscale modelling of extreme weather events over Belgian North Sea using WRF-ARW

14:50 - 15:10 Romain POLETTI: Real-time optimization of bio-inspired wings using the deformable overset method and machine learning

15:10 - 15:40 Coffee Break

Session 11: Liquid Metals & Industrial Flows

Chair: Dr. Lilla Koloszár, research expert, von Karman Institute

15:40 - 16:00 Yohanna HENROTEL: Implementation of phase change for a two-phase flow in porous media code

16:00 - 16:20 Wassim ABDEL NOUR: Topology optimization of a multiphase heat exchanger’s distributor with high efficiency (online)

16:20 - 16:40 David BARREIRO: Numerical models for the simulation of gas-liquid flows in jet wiping

16:40 - 17:00 Aude LECARDONNEL: Experimental characterization of evaporation heat exchangers using low global warming potential fluids

17:00 - 17:20 Maxim VAN CAPPELLEN: Moments methods in particle laden flows

17:20 - 17:40 Matilde FIORE: Turbulence & heat transfer in liquid metals

17:40 - 18:00 Fabio PINO: A journey in the active control of liquid film flows



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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)
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Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

Waterloosesteenweg 72