ERCOFTAC SIG49 Seminarium

5th International Seminar on
Non-Ideal Compressible Fluid Dynamics


30th - 31st October 2024

Lyon, France


Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France



Alexis Giauque, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France

Christophe Corre, Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France
Alberto Guardone, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Martin White, University of Sussex, UK


NICFD2024 will bring together researchers and scientists from various application areas who are pioneering theoretical, numerical and experimental advancements in the fluid dynamics of compressible reactive and non-reactive flows of fluids for which the ideal gas laws do not apply.

The growing interest towards NICFD in the last decade, essentially motivated by its advanced applications in the field of propulsion and power, has determined an impulse in research, and the purpose of this conference is to promote the exchange of information among the quite diverse community, whose interests span from the fundamentals to the industrial applications.

The fifth iteration, NICFD2024 is intended to promote the exchange of scientific information, to encourage and consolidate the interaction between researchers and professionals, with a special emphasis on the progress in research, development and applications of the topics related to the field of propulsion and power.

The themes range from the theoretical foundations, to advanced numerical and experimental practices, and to applications. The conference provides an exciting opportunity to share, learn and discuss the latest insights.

Important dates:

  • Short paper draft submission - 15th May 2024
  • Registration opens - 1st July 2024
  • Final short paper submission - 16th September 2024
  • Presentation submission - 7th October 2024
  • Conference - 30th- 31st October 2024



Key themes of the conference include the following areas:

  • Experiments
  • Fundamentals
  • Numerical methods
  • Optimisation and UQ
  • Critical and supercritical flows
  • Turbulence and mixing
  • Multi-component fluid flows
  • Applications in ORC power systems
  • Applications in supercritical CO2 power systems
  • Steam turbines
  • Cryogenic flows
  • Condensing flows in nozzles
  • Cavitating flows
  • Super and transcritical fluids in space propulsion
  • Submissions outside these areas that may be of interest are welcomed.

    All information is available: Website to be created

    Seminar Background:

    The NICFD conference series has been thought as a biennial forum to promote the exchange of scientific information, to encourage and consolidate the interaction between researchers and professionals in the field of non-ideal compressible-fluid dynamics (NICFD), a sector of fluid mechanics dealing with flows of dense vapours, supercritical fluids and two-phase fluids, whose properties significantly depart from those of ideal gases.

    The first edition of the conference was held in Varenna (Italy) in 2016, the second edition took place in Bochum, Germany in 2018 and the third edition in Delft, The Netherlands in 2020. Information about the previous editions is available on the website of the conferences: NICFD2016, NICFD2018, NICFD2020, NICFD2022

    A Special Interest Group (SIG49) was established in 2019 in the frame of ERCOFTAC, the European Research Community On Flow, Turbulence And Combustion. NICFD conference series address special emphasis to the progress in research, development, and applications of the topics related to the field of propulsion and power with themes ranging from the theoretical foundations to advanced numerical and experimental practices and applied technologies.


    Key themes are:

    experiments; fundamentals; numerical methods; optimization and uncertainty quantification (UQ); critical and supercritical flows; turbulence and mixing; multi-component fluid flows; applications in redorganic Rankine cycle (ORC) power systems; applications in supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power systems; steam turbines; cryogenic flows; condensing flows in nozzles; cavitating flows; super/trans-critical fluids in space propulsion. As the themes include combustion topics, the NICFD conference series is also supported by SIG51 (the Special Interest Group on High-Pressure & Compressible Combustion).