VKI is a non-profit international educational and scientific organization, hosting three departments: Aeronautics & Aerospace, Environmental & Applied Fluid Dynamics, and Turbomachinery & Propulsion. It provides post-graduate education in fluid dynamics (Research Master in Fluid Dynamics, former "VKI Diploma Course", Doctoral Program, Short Training Program and Lecture Series) and encourages "training in research through research". Extensive research on experimental, computational and theoretical aspects of gas and liquid flows is carried out at the VKI under the direction of the faculty (15 members) and research engineers (± 25 engineers with PhD), sponsored mainly by governmental and international agencies as well as industries. About 50 PhD candidates in residence and 5 Postdocs complete the research body at VKI. The VKI represents Belgium EREA (Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics), IFAR (International Forum for Aviation Research) and ERCOFTAC (European Research Community On Flow, Turbulence And Combustion).
The VKI has a vast experience in teaching and research in Aeronautics in an international context.
It started with the organization of a so called Diploma Course in 1956, which is a 1 year specialization program in Aeronautics with international recruitment (over 12 nations represented every year). This program has been converted in a full-fledged research Master of 60 ECTS in 2010, with accreditation obtained from NVAO (Dutch-Belgian accreditation organization). It organizes a PhD program with presently over 50 PhD candidates working on different subjects in aeronautics and aircraft engines. VKI organizes a so called Lecture Series program, which is an annual series of 10-12 courses with duration of one week, taught by internationally selected experts, and oriented to Professionals from industry, research labs and academia (including PhD students). VKI is world famous for this lifelong learning program in Fluid Dynamics which provides a vast experience on knowing what industry needs. VKI is fully integrated in the international research scene in Aeronautics and Aerospace (including also engines and propulsion), participating in over 50 international projects from EU or ESA. IN this way VKI has an extensive network of contacts with industry (Snecma, Rolls Royce, Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Astrium, Eurocopter, …) and with the national research labs (DLR, ONERA, CIRA, NLR, INTA, … ). VKI has a set of worldwide recognized facilities for aerothermal testing of aircraft engines, testing of thermal protection systems, high speed atmospheric entry flows, aeroacoustic testing etc. … .
The role of Von Karman Institute in the PERSEUS project will be to participate actively in WP3 and WP6.