VON KARMAN INSTITUTE FOR FLUID DYNAMICS

At the leading edge of fluid dynamic research

Space vehicles re-entry, safety of nuclear reactors, noise and pollution reduction, performance of aircraft engine and renewable energy systems define to a large extent the research performed at the VKI.

Located near Brussels,  the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) is a non-profit international educational and scientific organization created in 1956 providing post-graduate education specialized in fluid dynamics and encourages "training in research through research". VKI has a permanent staff of approximately 100 persons. Besides the permanent staff, about 190 students and temporary researchers are involved in the different academic programs and 580 in the lecture series and workshops.

The Institute performs experimental and numerical research in the fields of Aeronautics and Aerospace, Turbomachinery and Propulsion, Environmental and Applied Fluid Dynamics and carries out research contracts for industry

In the 60+ years since its creation, VKI has acquired an expertise and research infrastructure (more than 50 wind tunnels and laboratories), which is renowned around the world. This infrastructure is the backbone of VKI's unique position in the world of Fluid Dynamics research; it allows VKI to study complex flows with speeds ranging from a few mm to a several km's per second. In other words, VKI's focus is on the 'high-end' of the market as depicted hereunder.

Some references of intermediate and final customers:
ARCELORMITTAL, ATLAS COPCO, BEKAERT, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, NUMECA, SAFRAN Group (SAFRAN AERO ENGINES, SAFRAN AERO BOOSTERS), SCK-CEN, SONACA, UMICORE

Center of Excellence:
In recent years, VKI has been recognized as a Center of Excellence by several customers, such as SAFRAN Aircraft Engines, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Belgian Center for Nuclear Studies (SCK-CEN). Since 2011, VKI acts as reference laboratory of ESA. CETIM (Centre technique des industries mécaniques) in France has established a common laboratory with VKI, a laboratory for two-phase flows and hydraulic technologies (Ledith).

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