University of Leicester

The University of Leicester offers taught course modules and research tuition in computational fluid dynamics and in scientific computing. Research tuition is offered by members of the Thermofluids Research Group at the Department of Engineering, University of Leicester. Dr. A. Rona has a 20-year research experience in unsteady compressible flows and in CFD. He offers specific tuition in time-dependent numerical methods applied to jets, in adaptive grid refinement methods to locally refine the nozzle edge-shear layer interactions and to study the noise source near field. The large-scale structure intermittency and receptivity to phase coherent and “random” disturbances greatly influence the overall magnitude of the instability in a jet. Dr. S. Gao has a high-level academic expertise in turbulence modelling, with a special competence in Large Eddy Simulations. He offers tuition to Early Stage Researchers who would like to develop and apply different turbulence closure strategies to under-expanded jets. This complex flow is a good candidate for a hybrid Large Eddy Simulation/Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes equations approach, such as a Detached Eddy Simulation. This training is appropriate for Early Stage researchers wishing to achieve a high-level expertise in CFD. This training forms human resources able to integrate the latest CFD techniques in the aircraft design tools currently used in the ERA. This is likely to make a tangible impact to the long-term competitiveness of the ERA aeronautical sector.

At the University of Leicester, taught course modules are available to complement research tuition. A four-months Advanced Aerodynamics taught MEng/MSc module covers dimensional analysis for aerodynamicists, classification of flow regimes, non-stationary flows, turbulence and flow averaging techniques. This module introduces to discrete flow models and to basic flow domain discretisation issues and demonstrates them by hands-on use of a commercial CFD package. A second four-months MSc module in advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics extends the learning subject of the previous module to compressible flows, addressing also numerical integration techniques for computational fluid dynamics, numerical scheme robustness, critical evaluation of CFD data and the post-processing and analysis of complex flow fields. Further training in scientific computing is offered à la carte, from a pool of courses that is shared between the Department of Engineering and the Department of Applied Mathematics. This pool includes basic and advanced numerical methods, wavelets, design and analysis of discrete systems, digital signal processing, statistical methods and other similar courses. The Advanced Aerodynamics module is part of the MEng course in Mechanical Engineering that is accredited by the UK Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), on the behalf of the UK Engineering Council. This course satisfies the Council’s Standards And Routes TO Registration (SARTOR) 3 academic requirements for Chartered Engineer. The CFD module is part of the MSc course in Advanced Mechanical Engineering and was designed for the postgraduate training of Batchelor graduates to satisfy the SARTOR 3 academic requirements for Chartered Engineer registration by the UK Engineering Council. It is appropriate for Early Stage researchers wishing to advance their undergraduate mechanical engineering background.

Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique (CERFACS)

Cerfacs offers research tuition in numerical methods for aerodynamic applications, through courses delivered by experienced researchers. In recent years, Cerfacs has been involved in various projects related to computational aeroacoustics. These projects concern acoustically active flows, such as jet noise, airfoil noise and turbomachinery noise and make use of Large Eddy Simulations. The experience gained will be made available to researchers who wish to achieve a high-level of expertise in numerical methods related to computational aeroacoustics.

In addition, seminars and lecture series on numerical methods, reacting flows, complex aircraft or turbomachinery applications, and high performance computing are available to the ITN research fellows. Cerfacs and IMFT are inside the same doctoral school. Therefore Cerfacs and IMFT have already an integrated package of ESR training courses.

Università degli Studi di Roma Tre

The Università degli Studi di Roma Tre offers research tuition in wavelet analysis and post-processing techniques. Prof. R. Camussi offers tuition in methods for statistical data analysis, coherent structures identification from experimental data, such as in advanced methods for data processing and wavelet transforms. Since 1997, Prof. Camussi has been working on the application of the advanced time-frequency analysis techniques to turbulent flows. During the last ten years, the techniques have been applied to investigate coherent structures in turbulent jets (1997-1999), to characterize the aeroacoustic behaviour of turbulent jets (2004), and to evaluate jet noise control methods based on the use of microjets (2008). Furthermore, the research group leaded by Prof. Camussi, participated to an EU project funded under the 6th FP and completed in December 2008, under which these techniques have been applied to analyze pressure/velocity experimental data. These investigative techniques will be used in this ITN to provide unsteady far-field and wall pressure measurements with microphones and auto- and cross-correlations of the velocity field to estimate the aerodynamic noise source distribution (Lighthill stress tensor distribution). Advanced techniques will be applied to measure simultaneously the velocity and pressure fields in the flow and close to solid wall, following the successful research path of the investigations developed since 2004. The training and tuition offered by Prof. Camussi is very appropriate for early stage researchers who wish to develop an expert knowledge of aerodynamic sound generation and propagation. These skills are keenly sought after by a range of ERA industries, including the multi-host industrial collaborators, to comply with increasingly stringent noise regulations and customer expectations.

In addition to research tuition, early stage researchers at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre may pursue their learning objectives through taught modules that are offered at a postgraduate/pre-doctoral level within the framework of the second cycle Degree in Aeronautics (Laurea Specialistica in Aeronautica). These modules aim to provide a broad knowledge base in aeronautics to mechanical engineers who join this ITN programme. Early stage researchers have an opportunity to select specific second cycle modules or part of modules to learn topics that are relevant to their individual Career Development Plan. These taught modules cover boundary elements, introduction to CFD, experimental techniques, scientific computing and signal processing. These topics are very appropriate to the needs of early stage researchers wishing to specialise in computational and experimental aeroacoustics. Seminars and lecture series are offered to early stage researchers at third cycle (advanced) level, such as on the application of wavelet transforms to their research, on optimisation methods and on Detached Eddy Simulation. This activity aims to give early stage researchers an opportunity to obtain individual doctoral profiles, tailored through the Career Development Plan, that are attractive not only to the academia but also to SME, to industry and to private research centres.

Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI)

The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics offers research training in aeroacoustics, turbulence and compressible aerodynamics. To validate their PhD, doctoral students are invited to accumulate a total of 15 credits by attending a selection of taught Master level lectures. The aeroacoustics course is taught by Professor Christophe Schram (over 10 years experience teaching and research experience), who is also head of the Aeroacoustics team. The turbulence course is taught by Professor Carlo Benocci (over 20 years teaching and research experience) and the compressible aerodynamics courses are taught by Professor Herman Deconinck (over 15 years teaching and research experience) and dedicated diagnostics for high-speed flows are taught by Professor Olivier Chazot (over 10 years teaching and research experience). Christophe Schram is in charge of mathematical methods for aeroacoustics, in particular, of developing stability approaches in connection with acoustic beamforming.

Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse (IMFT)

The Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse offers research training in stability, flow control, vorticity dynamic, heat transfer and turbulence. Christophe Airiau, Professor at the Department of Fluid Mechanics, Université Paul Sabatier, has a 18-year research experience on theoretical and numerical models of shear flow instabilities, in receptivity and sensitivity analysis and in flow control theory and simulations. He has implemented the non-local linear and non-linear Parabolized Stability Equations and their adjoint to analyse the spatial eigenmode growth in boundary layers, to model receptivity of Tollmien-Schlichting waves to sound excitation, to wall roughness or any forcing and to control boundary layer flows in the goal of drag reduction (ALTTA European project). Dr Patricia Cathalifaud, Maître de conferences at University Paul Sabatier, has developed at IMFT flow control and a sensitivity analysis based on the adjoint approach with Airiau.

In addition to research tuition, early stage researchers at the IMFT may pursue their learning objectives through taught modules. These modules are offered at a postgraduate (pre-doctoral) level research master of science “DET” and in the doctoral school “MEGEP”. These modules are appropriate for early stage researchers. Early stage researchers may choose to follow one or more modules of à la carte, according to their needs. About 62 course modules are available. The module choice is broad as the Master Recherche is a programme offered jointly by the Université Paul Sabatier and by three technical universities, the Institut Nationale Polytechnique de Toulouse and l’Institut Supérieur d’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE). Among the optional modules, a module Optimal Control of Flow and Heat Transfer, taught by Airiau and Cathalifaud offers appropriate training for the needs of early stage researchers who wish to conduct receptivity and sensitivity based on adjoint equations, and control of instability or noise emission in different type of flows.

Full details of the Master Recherche and of the doctoral school can be found at http://www.imft/masterDET and

GE Power (Formerly Alstom Power)

GE Power offers training in the management of engineering design and of complex industrial processes in the context of its international operations. Operating throughout more than 140 countries and employing over 300,000 people, GE Power’s multi-national status results in design and research groups in locations worldwide. Dr. Nadir Ince, Methodology Development Department Head, will offer specific training in how to manage design methods in this complex environment. This training will be set into the context of a suitable GE Power project. This gives the researcher a real industrial experience of Engineering in a multi-national context

GE Power already operates a Development Plan system for its employees that is essentially identical to the Personal Development Plan of this ITN. ERs at GE Power will therefore be able to manage their personal development using the Plan in a seamless way, when moving between academia and industry through secondments in the ITN.

The Italian Ship Model Basin (CNR-INSEAN)

CNR-INSEAN offers research training in the development and application of advanced experimental and theoretical techniques for aero/hydrodynamic and aero/hydroacoustic studies. Research tuition is offered by Dr. Mario Felli and other two members of the Cavitation and Propulsion Laboratory on the use of experimental equipment in Large Scale Facilities. Seminars and lectures are provided on fundamental aspects of Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Stereo-PIV and DD-PIV, and on the use of the software and procedures for data acquisition and processing. This training is suitable for both EST and ER, who seek to acquire experimental techniques appropriate for their research projects and to develop methodologies and techniques for hydro/aeroacoustic analysis. This training is likely to benefit the competitiveness of the ERA aeronautical sector through forming human resources able to manage advanced tools for aircraft design, performance analysis, and diagnostics.


Airbus offers high level training courses on both scientific and management/soft skills through (i) the Engineering Design Power Plant (EDE) academy: powerplant related scientific topics, and (ii) the AirBusiness academy ( teaching best practices on management, communication, and other general business related topics. Moreover, Airbus strongly supports international conferences organised by research partners on Multi-physics and unsteady simulations (, and Turbulence and acoustics (

University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich offers a one year taught master course in Applicable Mathematics. This provides modules appropriate to this ITN training programme, including Mathematics and its Applications that involves techniques for CFD, turbulent flow simulations, and finite element methods, Computational Methods that involves advanced numerical techniques, and Mathematical Approaches to Risk Management that involves system optimisation and reliability of design process. Other related modules include Inverse Problems, Mathematics of Complex Systems, Reliability and Optimisation. The master programme is supported by the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and is available to all students following a mathematics PhD programme.  Full details of the programme can be found from Research activities of the Numerical and Applied Mathematics Research Unit can also be found from

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