The von Karman Institute, founded in 1956, is a non profit international centre for post graduate education and research in fluid dynamics. Although the research activities were initially oriented towards aeronautical problems, they now also cover the domain of propulsion, energy production, industrial processes and environmental problems. A large number of advanced experimental facilities are available in the domain of aerospace, aeronautical 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 more than 1/3 of the research activities. The Turbomachinery & Propulsion department of the von Karman Institute specialises in the aerothermal aspects of turbomachinery components for aero-engines, space propulsion units, steam turbines and process industry compressors and pumps. It has a large expertise in high speed wind tunnel testing and measurement techniques and through this expertise it will contribute to the experimental part of LEMCOTEC.
VKI conducts aerodynamic performance measurements in its axial compressor facility on two rear stage axial HPC configurations with different blade heights. Furthermore, VKI develops a high temperature cooled 3-hole probe to conduct measurements.