The following non-exhaustive list gives an illustration of CFD capabilities supported by aerospace knowledge and technology that have been continuously acquired for more than 90 years at NLR (see selected NLR publications for more details).

Civil aircraft


NLR has built a vast knowledge base of civil aircraft configuration. Recent CFD activities include support for Airbus, Embraer, other aircraft manufacturers, and participation in numerous EU and Dutch national research projects.

Fighter aircraft


Continuing CFD support for acquisition and operational aspects (for the RNLAF), and close involvement in CFD research programs (e.g. within RTO), has given NLR a well founded capability to meet fighter aircraft challenges.


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Active participation in industrial and research collaborations for the advancement of CFD methodology, amongst others with Eurocopter and Stork Fokker, has placed NLR in a good position to provide support to address complex flow phenonema around a rotorcraft.

Gas turbine

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Within the context of DAEC (Dutch Aero Engine Cluster) and collaborations involving OEM and MRO companies, NLR has built a solid CFD capability to address complex aerodynamic issues of gas turbine components.


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NLR continues to refine CFD methods to sustain supporting ESA/ESTEC, for example in addressing highly unsteady flow phenonema around an Ariane-5 configuration.



Operational issues of helicopter landing on a ship is a good example showing the necessity to CFD simulations around a non-aerospace object. NLR has also addressed flows around wind turbines and ship propellers using CFD.