LS-STO/VKI Lecture Series

AE Assistant Prof. Marco Panesi
AE Assistant Prof. Marco Panesi
This prestigious lecture series, rarely held within the United States in its 40-year history, will take place April 7-9, 2014, on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Aerospace Engineering at Illinois will host the series, focusing on Radiation and Gas-Surface Interaction Phenomena in HIgh Speed Re-Entry. AE Assistant Prof. Marco Panesi is organizing the event on the Urbana campus.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is co-sponsoring the event.

Registration and Lodging

Links for free registration can be found on the website for The Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics. The series will take place at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First Street, Champaign, Illinois. Participants may make their reservations with the I Hotel & Conference Center for lodging. A block of rooms will be held until March 6, 2014, under the code AAER14. (Directions to campus.)

Radiation and Gas-Surface Interaction Phenomena in High Speed Re-Entry

High Speed re-entry represents a current challenge for space exploration programs. At such flight conditions shock layer radiation becomes a substantial part of the heat-transfer to the wall in addition to the Gas-Surface interaction (GSI) phenomena, with possible coupling effects.

The objective of this special course will focus on the extreme re-entry situations where the physical phenomena are much more pronounced and start to interplay. The ground testing capabilities and limitations for high speed re-entry will be reviewed with the associated instrumentation. Radiation modeling as well as the modeling development for GSI in such conditions will be presented. The consistent integration of those high fidelity models into CFD codes will be inspected with their reliability to provide accurate ground-to-flight extrapolation.


Monday 07 April, 2014

  • 09:00 Welcome address
    Prof. O. Chazot, Overview of the von Karman Institute Activities, VKI, Belgium
  • 09:15 Advances in Molecular Spectra
    Dr. David W. Schwenke, NASA Ames, USA
  • 10:15 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 Absolute Radiation Measurements in Earth and Mars Entry Conditions
    Dr. B. Cruden, NASA Ames, USA
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Modeling of Non-equilibrium Radiation Inside Shock Tube Facilities
    Prof. M. Panesi, UIUC, USA
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Non-equilibrium Radiative Transfer Models: K-Distribution
    Prof. J.R. Howell, UT Austin, USA

Tuesday 08 April, 2014

  • 09:00 Ground testing for High Speed Re-entry
    Prof. O. Chazot, VKI, Belgium
  • 10:15 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 Thermodynamic and transport properties of air mixtures with ablation
    Prof. Thierry E. Magin, VKI, Belgium
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Multiscale Characterization and Modeling of Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator
    Dr. F. Panerai, UK, USA
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 Modeling High Temperature Oxygen-Silica Recombination using Computational Chemistry Computational Chemistry
    Prof. T. Schwartzentruber, AEM, USA

Wednesday 09 April, 2014

  • 09:00 Modeling of pyrolysis gas in charring ablators
    Prof. A. Martin, UK, USA
  • 10:15 Coffee Break
  • 10:45 Influence of Coupled Radiation and Ablation on the Aerothermodynamic Environment of Planetary Entry Vehicles
    Dr. C. O. Johnston, NASA Langley, USA
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 TPS Sizing for sample return missions
    Dr. D. Prabhu, NASA Ames, USA
  • 15:15 Coffee Break
  • 15:45 (to be determined)


Since the 1970s, the STO-VKI Lecture Series has promoted an exchange of state-of-the-art knowledge among a wide audience on an important scientific or applied topic in a fluid mechanics-related field. World-class lecturers, distinguished for their unique contributions to fluid mechanics, are among the invited speakers.


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