The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) offers a hands-on training for a period of three up to six months to university students in engineering, physics or mathematics, involving active participation in a guided research project.
This experience will provide practice in the use of top-level experimental test facilities, computational and laboratory techniques. Added benefits are the exposure to methodology of research and team work in an international, intercultural environment.
In many cases, this programme can also be used to prepare a MS graduation thesis at the home university.
Training period: 3 up to 6 months (when linked to a university thesis). The period can start anytime except in September.
Applications can only made by citizens of one of the following countries: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and The United States of America.
A working knowledge of English or French is required.
A limited number of Fellowships are available for highly qualified students coming from the following countries : Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Turkey and The United States of America.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: for students coming from EU member states, priority will be given to those supported by an Erasmus fellowship.
SUBJECTS FOR RESEARCH PROJECTS IN THE THREE DEPARTMENTS
The broad subjects are given below for each of the departments.
The list of active topics with specific details is available in the online application form.
Environmental and applied fluid dynamics
- Fluid mechanics and heat transfer in industrial processes
- wind effects on buildings
- vehicles aerodynamics
- heat transfer and two-phase flows
- Energy related flows:
- thermal hydraulics in energy production plants (e.g. nuclear energy plants)
- wind energy production
- Study of turbulence
- Non-intrusive instrumentation (e.g. laser anemometry)
Aeronautics and aerospace
- Aeronautical flows
- from low speed to hypersonic aerodynamics
- Space applications
- atmospheric entry aerothermodynamics
- plasma flows
- Computational methods for flow simulation (CFD and
- uncertainty quantification)
- Small satellites development
Turbomachinery and propulsion
- Axial and radial compressors, gas and steam turbines
- aerodynamic design, optimization and analysis
- unsteady flows and blade row interactions
- heat transfer and cooling
- fast-response instrumentation
HOW TO APPLY
Consideration by VKI of your application will be contingent on letters of recommendation from two of your current professors.
To provide a valuable learning experience, the training period should have a duration of two or three months. It could start any time during the year, except in September. In exceptional cases, longer periods may be possible.
There is no fee associated with this program. A limited number of fellowships are available to support highly qualified students who are unable to obtain sufficient funds from their own university or from one of the programs of the European Union.
The Institute is not able to provide lodging; however there exist possibilities for pensions and small apartments that can be rented by the month. Our Secretariat will help you to find accommodation on your arrival.