P8: von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI)


The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI in short), founded in 1956, is an international non-profit organization for post graduate education and research in fluid dynamics. Permanent staff of VKI is about 95 in total, spread over its 3 departments: Aeronautics and Aerospace, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics, Turbomachinery and Propulsion. VKI is an associate member of EREA (European Research Establishments in Aeronautics) and is also considered as a SME according to the Commission's definition.

The research and training activities are carried out combining experimental, theoretical and numerical approaches, and span over industrial safety applications. VKI has a large number of advanced experimental facilities, in total 43 wind tunnels and test rigs, available in the domain of aerospace, aeronautical, turbomachinery and industrial fluid dynamics. They cover a large span, ranging from low speed to hypersonic. Experimental research is complemented by an important activity in the domain of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) which now covers about 40% of the research activities. Four clusters of multi-processor computers are available.

Many of the research activities carried out at the VKI are supported by research contracts with industry, governmental institutions or international institutions. VKI is currently or has been involved, as partner or coordinator, in several EC projects or networks, such as JIVE, FLIE, VITAL, PROBAND, ADIGMA, IDeMAS, MESURE, CRAFT, LAPCAT, AETHER, PIVNET, FLOWnet, EUA4X, AMeGOS, VALIANT, CleanSky, ReStart,...

Key persons involved in the project:

Dr. Jean-Marie Buchlin is Professor at the VKI and ULB, Head of the VKI Department Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics. He has been the leader of the research programme on Post-Accident Heat Removal (PAHR) in Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactors (LMFBR) carried out at the VKI in collaboration with the SCK•CEN of Mol from 1980 to 1995.