von Karman Institute Lecture Series and Events

Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics Methods for Hypersonic Flows - VKI LS and STO LS AVT-358

Monday 25 March 2024 - Friday 29 March 2024

Conventional tools used to simulate flows in the hypersonic regime are often based on a finite-volume discretization method applied to a structured mesh, considering that it is a robust approach. The availability of innovative numerical methods and algorithms creates increasing opportunities to simulate hypersonic flows for complex systems, such as cruise vehicles and space platforms, but it presents many challenges. In this Lecture Series, we will review the current challenges specific to the hypersonic regime and propose ground-breaking computational methods and perspectives. Both the theoretical and algorithmic aspects of computations, applications, and results will be discussed. The program is tailored to provide professionals and students working and supporting aerospace industries, space agencies, as well as defense programs a snapshot of the state-of-the-art computational fluid dynamics methods for hypersonic flows.

This von Karman Institute lecture series is complemented by a free two-day lecture series VKI-STO-AVT-358, funded by the NATO Science and Technology Organisation. If you register for the full week, registration for this supplement is included. You can also register just for the two-day VKI-STO-AVT-358 Lecture Series and the workshop. For this, we request only a nominal contribution to cover catering expenses.

This lecture series takes place on site only.

Practical Information

  • Eligibility Criteria: Only the citizens of NATO countries are eligible to participate in these lecture series. 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.
  • Location: von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Waterloosesteenweg 72, 1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode (near Brussels)
  • Parking and Security Information: Parking places are available on the premises, just before the security fence. To enter, please ring the bell at the fence.
  • Deadline Early Bird Fee: 25 January 2024
  • Registration Deadline: 19 March 2024

Call for Abstracts

We invite all participants of the upcoming lecture series to submit abstracts for consideration. The best selected abstracts will have the chance to be presented during the Friday morning session. To be considered, please send your abstract to Dr. Federico Bariselli via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 10 March 2024. This is a unique opportunity to showcase your research and contribute to the enriching discussions. We look forward to receiving your submissions!


VKI Lecture Series

Monday 25 March 2024

08:15 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 09:15 Welcome Address
Dir. Peter Grognard, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium

09:15 - 10:45 Overview and History of CFD in Hypersonics
Prof. Russell Cummings, US Air Force Academy, USA

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45 Best Practices in Hypersonic CFD
Dr. Heath Johnson, VirtusAero LLC, USA

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30 Design of Robust Multidimensional Finite Volume Schemes for Hypersonic Inviscid Flows
Dr. Pierre-Henri Maire, Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives, France

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30 Uncertainty Quantification Methods Applied to Hypersonic Flows
Prof. Pietro Congedo, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique, France

17:30 - 18:30 Welcome Reception

Tuesday 26 March 2024

09:15 - 10:45 High-fidelity simulations of Hypersonic Boundary Layers and Data-Driven Turbulent Models
Prof. Paola Cinnella, Sorbonne Université, France

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45 Immersed-Boundary Techniques in Hypersonic Turbulent Flows
Prof. Stefan Hickel, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30 Review of Unstructured Mesh Generation Techniques
Prof. Jean-François Remacle, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30 Shock Fitting and Tracking Methods
Dr. Aldo Bonfiglioli, Università degli Studi della Basilicata, Italy

Registration to the full week Lecture series (25-29/03/2023)



If your register for the VKI lecture series, you will be automatically register for the STO-AVT-358 Lecture Series supported by STO. You find blow the price list to register to the full programme.

Price for citizens of NATO countries


Early registration

Late registration

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Price for citizens of other countries


Early registration

Late registration

Undergraduate students



PhD students 



Staff from recognized universities / research center



Staff from commercial organizations



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.

STO-AVT-358 Lecture Series and Workshop

Wednesday 27 March 2024

09:15 - 10:45 Computational and Experimental Studies of Laser-Induced Ignition in High-Speed Flows
Dr. Donatella Passiatore, Center for Turbulence Research, Stanford University, USA

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45 Shock-Capturing for Discontinuous Galerkin Approximations of Hypersonic Non-Equilibrium Flows
Prof. Jaime Peraire, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30 Development of Kinetic Schemes for Compressible Gas Dynamics
Prof. Remi Abgrall, University of Zurich, Switzerland

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30 Software Design of the HyperSolve CFD Tool (ONLINE)
Dr. Kyle Thompson, NASA Langley Research Center, USA

Thursday 28 March 2024

09:15 - 10:45 Mesh Adaptation and High-Order Methods
Prof. Georg May, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 - 12:45 Maximum-Entropy Moment Methods
Prof. Clinton Groth, University of Toronto, Canada

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30 GPU Acceleration of a Hypersonic CFD Solver with detailed kinetics
Prof. Giuseppe Pascazio, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30 Round Table Discussion and Field Perspectives

Workshop: Friday 29 March 2024

09:00 - 09:20 Investigating the impact of plasma generation on radar detectability of hypersonic missiles 
Peter Bæk, Aarhus University, Denmark

09:20 - 09:40 Aerothermodynamic and radiative analysis for Neptune Aerocapture
Alessandro Meini,von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium  

09:40 - 10:00 Numerical modelling of hypersonic flows past inflatable shields through a shock/wall - tracking technique
Valerio Orlandini, La Sapienza University, Italy   

10:00 -10:20 Towards high order discretization method for hypersonic flow
Pierre Schrooyen, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium

10:20 -10:40 Shock interactions computations using a 3D structured shock-fitting technique
Alessia Assonitis, La Sapienza University, Italy

10:40 - 11:00 Hypersonic flow simulations using Lattice Boltzmann method
Zuheyr Alsalihi,von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics,Belgium

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00 SU2-NEMO Workshop
Prof. Marco Fossati, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:30 Eilmer Workshop
Dr. Rowan Gollan, University of Queensland, Australia

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00 Visit of the VKI laboratories and facilities


FREE Registration to the two-day VKI STO-AVT-358 Lecture Series + Workshop (27-29/03/2024)



It is possible to register for STO-AVT-358 and the workshop (27-29/03/2024) only, a fee of 100 euros will be asked to cover the cost of catering (lunches and coffee breaks).

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