von Karman Institute Lecture Series and Events

14th Symposium of VKI PhD Research 2023

Tuesday 07 March 2023 - Friday 10 March 2023

  VKI PhD Symposium


Don't miss the opportunity to learn about the exciting research activities conducted at VKI! Join us online (for the public) / on-site (for VKI members and supervisors) from March 7th to March 10th for the VKI PhD Symposium, where prominent lecturers in three application fields of fluid dynamics will give keynote lectures to open each day of the symposium.

VKI PhDs will review the doctoral research carried out in the three departments of the Institute. The symposium is organized into sessions covering a range of topics, including Liquid Metals & Industrial Flows, Aeroacoustics, Shape Optimization, Liquid & Solid Propulsion, Compressor and Turbine aerodynamics & heat transfer, Aerothermochemistry, Aerothermodynamics, Rarefied and Plasma Flows , and Instrumentation & Measurement Techniques.

This online symposium is open to public. Before register, please check out our eligibility criteria.


Location (online for the public / on-site for VKI members and supervisors)

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.

Programme (updated 09/03/2023)

Tuesday, 7 March 2023

08:45 - 09:00 Welcome

09:00 - 10:00 Keynote lecture: A holistic approach to modern turbomachinery research: the role of hierarchical simulation approaches
Prof. Francesca di Mare, Professor and Chair of Thermal Turbomachines & Aeroengines group and Managing Director of the Institute of Energy Technology at the Ruhr-University of Bochum

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

Compressor Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer

Chair: Prof. Frank Eulitz, Head of Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department

10:30 - 10:50 Riccardo TORACCHIO
Aeroelasticity analysis of a highly-loaded low-pressure compressor under inlet flow distortions

10:50 - 11:10 Gonçalo GRANJAL CRUZ
A Bayesian data driven multi-fidelity modelling approach for experimental under-sampled flow reconstruction

11:10 - 11:30 Federico BERTELLI
On the design and characterization of a modular active turbulence generator for a low-speed turbine cascade rig

Turbine Aerodynamics and Heat Transfer

Chair: Dr. Filippo Merli, Post-Doc, Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department

11:30 - 11:50 Gustavo LOPES
Steady Aerodynamics of a Transonic low-pressure turbine cascade with purge flow and unsteady wakes

11:50 - 12:10 Antonino Federico TORRE
Adaptation of CT3 to test high speed low-pressure turbines

12:10 - 12:30 Mizuki OKADA
Advanced PIV measurements in turbomachinery flows

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

Shape Optimization

Chair: Dr. Mohamed Hassanine Aissa, Research Engineer, Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department

13:30 - 13:50 Thanh-Son TRAN
Advance optimization concept for axial compressor

13:50 - 14:10 Wassim ABDEL NOUR
Topology optimization of heat and mass transfer systems based on adaptive mesh refinement and level set method

14:10 - 14:30 Tom DE BRUYN
Non-linear harmonic method for adjoint-based turbomachinery optimisation

14:30 - 14:50 Luca ZAMPINI
One-shot and multigrid acceleration for industrial shape optimization

14:50 - 15:10 Romain HOTTOIS
Gradient-based aeroacoustic optimization of NASA Rotor37

15:10 - 15:40 Coffee Break

Liquid and Solid Propulsion

Chair: Dr. Alessia Simonini, Research Engineer, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department

15:40 - 16:00 Domenico FIORINI (online)
On the role of dynamic wetting in the management of cryogenic space propellants

16:00 - 16:20 Lorenzo VALLISA
NURBS-based immersed boundary method for arbitrarily shaped particles modelling

16:20 - 16:40 Pedro MARQUES
Data assimilation for the thermodynamic modeling of a cryogenic fuel tank

Rarefied and Plasma Flows

Chair: Dr. Federico Bariselli, Research Engineer, Aeronautics & Aerospace Department

16:40 - 17:00 Nicolas CORTHOUTS
Hybridized Discontinuous Galerkin Method for multidomain problems

17:00 - 17:20 Giuseppe GANGEMI
A multicomponent approach for plasma-sheath physics: potentialities and limits

Wednesday, 8 March 2023

09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Lecture: Modelling turbulent jets and their Sound
Peter Jordan, Professor, CNRS PPRIME Institute

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break


Chair: Dr. Julien Christophe, Research Expert, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department

10:30 - 10:50 Kartik VENKATRAMAN
Numerical investigation of noise radiated by helical Darrieus turbines in the operational regime

10:50 - 11:10 Erica GALLO
Aerodynamic and Acoustic Investigation of a Dual-Rotor Coaxial Drone Propulsion System

11:10 - 11:30 Rui GONCALVES
Aerodynamic and aeroacoustic installation effects of building-integrated wind turbines

Aerodynamics and Aeronautics

Chair: Dr. Silvania Lopes, Senior Research Engineer, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department

11:30 - 11:50 Tomas LEVY
Conservative solution transfer between anisotropic meshes for high-order methods

11:50 - 12:10 Emilio LOPEZ FIGUEIRAS
Stability of crossflow by means of small, discrete roughness elements

12:10 - 12:30 Romain POLETTI
A multi-fidelity environment for the simulation and control of flapping wings

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 13:50 Aude LECARDONNEL
Improvement of two-phase flow distribution in an evaporator header with the help of a design of experiment

Liquid Metals and Industrial Flow

Chair: Dr. Maria Faruoli, Research Engineer, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department

13:50 -14:10 Matilde FIORE
Thermal turbulence modelling of low Prandtl number flows with data-driven techniques

14:10 - 14:30 Jan VAN DEN BERGHE
Data-assimilation for 1D gas dynamic problems using the adjoint method

14:30 - 14:50 Yohanna HENROTEL
Phase change in porous media for heat exchanger applications

14:50 - 15:10 Tommaso CARLESI
Experimental analysis of natural convection in differentially heated cavity

15:10 - 15:40 Coffee Break

Instrumentation and Measurement techniques

Chair: Dr. Tushar Sikroria, Postdoctoral Researcher, Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department

15:40 - 16:00 Muhsin Can AKKURT
Flow field investigation of a diffuser blade using endoscopic PIV

16:00 - 16:20 Adrien VASSEUR
Modeling and exploitation of aerothermal probes in helicopter engines

16:20 - 16:40 Bora Orcun CAKIR
Sensitivity and resolution response of optical flow based background oriented schlieren to speckle patterns

16:40 - 17:00 Marcello NITTI
Cyclostationarity indicators in combination with blind filtering technique for fault detection of rotating machine elements

Thursday, 9 March 2023

09:00 - 10:00 Keynote Lecture:  Synergy of high-fidelity simulations and machine learning for turbulence modelling
Paola Cinnella, Sorbonne Université, UPMC, Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert

10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break

Rarefied and Plasma Flows

Chair: Dr. Federico Bariselli, Research Engineer, Aeronautics & Aerospace Department

10:30 - 10:50 Pedro JORGE
Towards measuring ABEP intake efficiency parameters: Experimental characterization of the DRAG-ON facility

10:50 - 11:10 Pietro PARODI
Analysis of implicit PIC schemes and their application to Electric Propulsion


Chair: Dr. Guillaume Grossir, Senior Research Engineer, Aeronautics and Aerospace Department

11:10 - 11:30 Fabio Miguel PEREIRA MORGADO (online)
Development of a multi-fidelity framework for destructive atmospheric entry simulation

11:30 - 11:50 Ata Onur BASKAYA
Influence of ablation on atmospheric entry aerothermodynamics

11:50 - 12:10 Daniel Gabor KOVACS
Aerodynamic investigation of space debris separation


Chair: Dr. Bernd Helber, Senior Research Engineer, Aeronautics and Aerospace Department

12:10 - 12:30 Enrico ANFUSO
Development of a Bayesian framework to assess the role of chemical models in the enthalpy estimation of plasma wind tunnels using Python

12:30 - 13:50 Lunch

13:50 - 14:10 Michele CAPRIATI
Determination of a stochastic finite-rate nitridation model consistent with molecular beam and plasma wind tunnel data

14:10 - 14:30 David HENNEAUX
Assessment of curvature filtering strategies for high-order sharp interface simulation of surface tension driven flows

14:30 - 14:50 Diana LUIS
Experimental measurements of radio signal attenuation and Faraday rotation in an inductively coupled plasma facility

14:50 - 15:10 Greyson KALE (online)
OES and PLIF studies of graphite ablation products in ICP facilities

15:10 - 17:00 Poster Session and Drink

Anatole BERGER: Moment method for electric propulsion modelling

Carlo BRUNELLI: Variational Multiscale Method in Julia

Marco CASTALDI: Development of a novel rotor-stator reactor for decarbonizing the steam cracking process through high-fidelity data-driven optimization

Lorenzo DA VALLE: Numerical and Experimental investigation of purge and tip leakage flows in a high-speed low pressure turbine stage

Simone DEL MONTE: Characterization and testing methodology of woven materials with application to innovative flexible thermal protection systems for re-entry vehicles

Ward HAEGEMAN: Multi-fluid model with two kinematic scales for the simulation of liquid-gas interface in solid propulsion

Duc Huy Marco HOANG: Shape optimization of impeller blades in centrifugal compressors including fillet radii, leading edge sweep and tangential lean

Sander HOLUM: Supersonic off-stagnation point ground testing of atmospheric entry

Alexandros PALATOS-PLEXIDAS: Improving wind energy forecasting through high‐resolution weather models combined with wind farm parameterization and statistical post‐processing methods

Giacomo PASTORINO: Experimental assessment and modelling of the effect of free-stream turbulence on turbomachinery boundary layers

Florentin PRUD-HOMME: Development of a data-driven bridging turbulence model

Carlo SANAPO: Experimental and numerical assessment of supersonic jets dispersion

Lorenzo SCHENA: Reinforced (Model) based control of wind turbines and wind farms

Paolo SCUDERI: Direct simulation of turbulent hypersonic nozzle flows using high-order discontinuous Galerkin methods

Roemer SPREIJ: Dynamic flight-to-ground duplication of atmospheric entry stagnation point flows

Patrick TENE HEDJE: Wall resolved Large-Eddy Simulations of the SPLEEN  low-pressure blade cascade

Karel VAN DEN BORRE: Reduced order combustion modelling of propulsion systems for variable cycle engine jet fighter applications

Friday, 10 March 2023

Environmental flows & Safety

Chair: Dr. Wim Munters, Research Engineer, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department

09:00 - 09:20 Benoît FOLOPPE
Potential increase in annual energy production of the Belgian offshore wind-farm cluster through wake steering: farm-based versus cluster- optimization

09:20 - 09:40 Emmanuel GILLYNS
Wind turbine wakes impact on the dynamics of high-voltage cables for fatigue assessment and optimization

09:40 - 10:00 Trond-Ola HAGBO (online)
Parametric sensitivity analysis of precursor generated inflow profiles including atmospheric stability for RANS based ABL microscale wind simulations

10:00 - 10:20 Tsvetelina IVANOVA
Data assimilation of multiple local observations in WRF for improved weather and power predictions at the Belgian offshore wind farms

10:20 - 10:50 Coffee Break

10:50 - 11:10 Pierrette ATIKPO
Near field pollutant dispersion due to explosions

11:10 - 11:30 Rebeca MARINI
Wind field reconstruction from nacelle-mounted LiDAR data

11:30 - 11:50 Adithya VEMURI
A new scale-aware planetary boundary layer scheme in Weather Research and Forecasting model

11:50 -12:00 Closing Word

12:00 -13:00 Lunch


Location : von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics

Waterloosesteenweg 72