Why pigs don’t fly and planes do: an introduction to air- and spaceflight

General description

Ever wondered why you can't fly and a aeroplane weighing tons can? Ever wondered what pollutes the most: you or an aeroplane? Did you know that the NASA is not the only space agency in the world?

Ever visited a bar with more than 2000 beers?

Then Brussels is the place to be and July the time to come...

Academic information

Content and topics:
Experimental fluid mechanics Non-destructive testing Case Study at Asco Industries Aircraft Engines Airflight and the Kyoto protocol Visit to the Von Karman Institute (VKI) Rocketpropulsion Visit to ESA-ESTEC
Learning goals and objectives:
This course has the intention to give the participants an overview of the principles that govern the air- and space flight. Furthermore the students will explore the experimental and numerical methods used to analyse the flow around aircrafts and some of techniques used to solve aerospace specific problems. We will offer a rich and varied course by involving the university and various institutes and companies in Belgium active in aerospace research, development and production. This way, the participants(YOU!) are given the chance to learn about the latest research done at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel or the Université Libre de Bruxelles, to visit the experimental facilities at the VKI and hear firsthand from Asco-engineers how they design and produce their air-craft components.
Examination type:
multiple choice written exam
ECTS credits issued:

Information for applicants

Selection criteria:
Some basic engineering skills and interest in Space and Aeronautics, team spirit and enthousiasm

Practical arrangements

All of the following are covered by the event fee:

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Breakfast, lunch (sometimes picknicks) and dinner are arranged. We will let you taste some Belgian specialities, such as chocolate, beers (Belgium has more than a thousand beers) and some typical dishes.
Check the summer course website for more information.