Aeronautic & space – Major turbulence

Training objective

The students will acquire theoretical, numerical and experimental skills essential for the understanding, modeling and control of turbulent flows and of critical value in many application areas.

This masters course offers training of the highest international standard supported by the latest research developments. The students will be trained in fluid mechanics in general and turbulent flows in particular in the aim to pursue a career in either academic or industrial sectors. They will acquire theoretical, modeling, numerical and experimental skills and expertise needed to address modern application challenges in a vast range of areas such as aerodynamics, aeroacoustics, turbomachinery, renewable energy, etc.

Learning objectives

Turbulence presents one of the greatest challenges to the advancement of both science and engineering. Whether the primary interest is the environment, energy, industrial processes, or aero/hydrodynamics, turbulent processes often dominate. In the absence of a complete theoretical understanding or general turbulence models, the engineering practice of dealing with turbulence is as much an art as it is science or engineering.

The programme is designed to introduce students to both the science and the art of turbulence at an early point in their studies. This knowledge can then be applied immediately to the large number of disciplines where turbulence occurs, including (but not limited to) environmental processes, combustion, engine technology, heat transfer, energy production, vehicle design, and most fluid/thermal/chemical systems.

The fundamental concepts of turbulence theory are taught together with advanced, state-of-the-art computational and experimental methodologies, so the student not only gains an understanding of all three, but learns how they can be used together. The goal is to prepare students to directly apply the acquired skills and knowledge to a wide variety of scientific and engineering disciplines wherever turbulence occurs. The elective courses and project offer opportunities to explore areas of applicability and for specialization. The majority of graduates are expected to move to other disciplines for employment or further study.

Teaching language

The courses are taught full in English


Turbulence is a central research activity at the Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides de Lille – Kampé de Fériet (LMFL) and the Pprime Institute (P’). In a vast range of industries, the understanding and modeling of turbulent flows is the most important limiting factor for the technological quantum leap that is now urgently needed given the current pressing climatic and environmental demands constraints.

The training is heavily supported by the internationally leading expertise of LMFL’s and Pprime Institute’s turbulence researchers which covers all theoretical, computational and experimental aspects and covers the most advanced state-of-the-art research methods. At the end of their training, the students will be able to effectively face challenges related to turbulent flows in a vast ranges of areas from aeronautical and aerospace, energy and environmental engineering, to weather and climate prediction and geo/astrophysics.

International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board meets once a year and ensures that the content and delivery of the Masters course areup to date with international developments of both academic and industrial relevance in the wide field of turbulence and turbulent flows.

Chairman: J.C. Vassilicos (CNRS and LMFL)
Apart from its Chairman, the members of this board are:


About the master

The master aeronautic & space major turbulence is jointly offered in English by Centrale Lille, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique from Poitiers and Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs from Poitiers.

Tuition fees: 7 000€/year

Deadline for application is June, 14th 2024.

18 places for 2024/2025

Click on the “Register” button below, then select “Apply to ISAE-ENSMA” then “International students” then “free mover student” then “MSc Aeronautics & Space -Major Turbulence (taught in English only)” and “Apply“.

It is possible to choose the language (English or French) by clicking on the icon on the top right.

All applications must be submitted through this procedure, including for candidates who must go through “Etudes en France”.

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