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:


Semester 1 Hours
UE1-1 Fluid Dynamics Dynamics of viscous incompressible flows 25
Dynamics of compressible flows and similarity 25
Mathematics 25
UE1-2 Theory of turbulence Turbulence 1 20
Project 30
UE1-3 Experimental technics Experimental methods 40
Experimental practice 20
UE1-4 Numerical methods Numerical methods 35
Numerical methods practice 1 20
Fortran 20
UE1-5 French Language 30
Culture 20
Semester 2 Hours
UE2-1 Advanced turbulence Turbulent flows and small-scale turbulence 20
Turbulent transport of particles 20
UE2-2 Numerical simulation CFD practices 20
Artificial intelligence 20
High Performance Computing & High fidelity simulation 30
UE2-3 Applications Turbulence & turbomachinery 20
Aerodynamics 20
UE2-4 Indiv. Research project 2,5 month
Semester 3 Hours
UE3-1 Advanced Tools for Turbulence Advanced Signal processing 48
Introduction to hydrodynamics stability 20
Flow control 30
UE3-2 Turbulence modelling Numerical simulation of turbulence 40
Compressible turbulence 20
UE3-3 Applications Aeroacoustics 20
Turbulent heat transfer 24
UE3-4 Research project French culture 20
Project 100
Semester 4 Hours
UE4 Master thesis 6 months

About 50% of graduates works in industry and about 60% pursue a doctorate in an academic laboratory or in a company. Here are some examples of professional integration after obtaining the master aeronautic & space course turbulence:

  • PhD at Southampton university, Imperial College London, Trinity college Dublin, Rolls Royce, VKI, Portland university, Loughborough university, University of Poitiers, Lille, CEA Grenoble, Paris, EDF,…
  • Employment in industry at Altran (FR), Hitachi (JP), Sigma (SE), Analytical Method Inc Seatle (USA), Mercedez (IN), Tata consulting (IN), Cd-Adapco, Semcon AB (SE),…

At the end of the first year (M1) students must complete a 12-week project from April to June.

Some examples of internships:

  • « Etudes des interactions structures cohérentes/famille de structure cohérentes sur le champ turbulent autour d’un obstacle. » (Coria, Rouen)
  • « Identification de structures dans les écoulements par classification automatique » (LIMSI, Paris)

At the end of the second year (M2), students must complete a master’s thesis internship (6 months).

Some examples of internships:

  • « Turbulent boundary layer drag reduction using super-hydrophobic and engineered surfaces. » (Monash University)
  • «To determine the permeability of reinforcements of the carbon fiber via mesoscale simulations » (Safran Aircraft Engines)
  • « Modélisation de la combustion du méthane dans les organes de combustion des moteurs fusée » (CNES)

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

Learn more about the programme

Deadline for application is June, 16th.

positions for 2023/2024

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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