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Ivan Padilla Montero, laureate for the best student paper award of EUCASS 2017 Conference

The EUCASS 2017 Conference "European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences" took place from 3-6 July in Milan, Italy.

About 600 participants, of which 149 students, have attended the conference. The number of papers received reached a total of about 700, of which 550 were presented either orally or in poster format. There were 34 countries represented.

The selection of the five finalist has been done with great care and revealed during the Gala evening on Wednesday 5th July at the Science Museum
We are pleased to announce the laureates:

PEROZZI Gabriele
from (ONERA) Office national d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales for his paper n°329
WIND REJECTION VIA QUASI-CONTINUOUS SLIDING MODE TECHNIQUE TO CONTROL SAFELY A MINI DRONE

CASTANEDA David
from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology for his paper n°107
EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION OF THE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE – SOLID HYDROCARBON HYPERGOLIC IGNITION

PADILLA MONTERO Ivan
from VKI -von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics for his paper n°60
BIGLOBAL STABILITY ANALYSIS OF THE WAKE BEHIND AN ISOLATED ROUGHNESS ELEMENT IN HYPERSONIC FLOW

CURRAO Gaetano
from University of New South Wales for his paper n°299
HYPERSONIC FLUID-STRUCTURE INTERACTION ON A CANTILEVERED PLATE

ZHANG Tian-Tian
from National University of Defence Technology for his paper n°35
A NOVEL DESIGN TECHNIQUE OF HYPERSONIC GLIDING VEHICLE

EUCASS is the main continental scientific event for aeronautics and space, second only to the AIAA Scitech in the USA. The Eucass association was created by a group of european scientists in order to provide, on the old continent, a high quality forum for the aerospace scientific community. Eucass is member of Ecaero group, supported by the European commission, with Eccomas, Euromech, Ercoftac, Euroturbo and Ceas. This issue is the seventh, after Moscow, Brussels, Versailles, Saint Petersburg, Munich and Krakow. It will, again, attract the very best players from EU and Russia plus the rest of Europe, Asia and the Americas, for a total anticipated attendance in excess of 700, scientists, engineers and exhibitors alike. Decision makers from Industry and Agencies are invited to express their needs and challenges.http://www.eucass2017.eu/

Industry-University Education MoU – ASTRI

MoU AstriOn June 21st, 2017, a group of major European space manufacturing industries (all members of Eurospace: Airbus Defence & Space, Arianegroup, Avio, OHB, RUAG Space, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space) and universities (Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers of Paris, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Stockholm, University of Montpellier, La Sapienza University of Rome, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Von Karman Institute of Brussels) have signed at Le Bourget a memorandum of understanding on an education partnership agreement aiming - through their joint and coordinated efforts - at organizing for multi-nationality teams of  students a structured transition  between their educational path and their entry into the professional world.

This is intended to take place by means of dedicated projects to be developed by teams of students coming from universities in different countries and working on industry's selected priorities, teams being selected by industry via competition of international teams.
This initiative, aiming at educating more specifically students by means of a longer industrial project phase has been given the name of: "Advanced Student Team Research in space Industry" (ASTRI), and is intended to materialize into ad hoc specific agreements involving at a time at least one industry and a team of at least five students coming from universities in at least three different countries.

Each ASTRI Programme is intended to devote globally eighteen months to carry out a project in industry with a first phase lasting six months that could be part of the thesis final project to accomplish a standard master, while a second phase, lasting the remaining twelve (12) months, would have to be carried out at the premises of one of the industrial Parties.


The MoU will remain valid for four years. It will be implemented via a first cycle of projects from early 2018 to mid-2019, with the corresponding diplomas, namely "First Distinguished Certificate of Excellence", being delivered in mid-2019. The MoU is intended to open to new Parties (industry and/or universities) at the end of each academic cycle.

PhD Best Presentation and Best Poster Awards

The faculty is pleased to announce the PhD Best Presentation Award 2017 and the PhD Best Poster Awards (PhD Symposium March 1-3, 2017) as chosen by the committee and attendees based on technical merit, relevance, originality, knowledge of subject, quality of material, and quality of presentation:

  • PhD Best Presentation 2017 - Alejandro Álvarez Laguna
    “Multi-Fluid Modeling of Magnetic Reconnection in Astrophysical and Laboratory Plasmas”
  • Best Poster 2017 in the Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics Department - Sara Porchetta“The Effect of the Wave Wind Interaction on the Energy Harvesting of Offshore Wind Turbines”

  • Best Poster2017 in the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department - Tânia Cação Ferreira
    “Influence of Gas-to-wall Temperature ratio on Bypass Transition”

  • Best Poster 2017 in the Aeronautics and Aerospace Department - Joffrey Coheur
    “Uncertainty Quantification of Aerothermal Flow Simulation Through Low-Density Ablative Thermal Protection Materials”


About the PhD Symposium


The eighth symposium on the doctoral research of the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics took place during the period March 1 to 3, 2017. The doctoral students have presented the progress of their research work carried out in the three departments: Aeronautics and Aerospace, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics, Turbomachinery and Propulsion. In addition to the presentations of the PhD candidates, we had the pleasure to welcome three prominent keynote lecturers who have opened each day the Symposium:    
-Dr. Russell Cummings, Technical Advisor and International Program Officer, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), London, United Kingdom
Critical hypersonic aero-thermodynamic phenomenon: a plan for future research
- Prof. Rodney O. Fox, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University, USA
Eulerian models for disperse multiphase flows     
- Dr. Ingrid Lepot, Cenaero, Belgium
Turbomachinery Optimization Research at Cenaero

 
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