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University of Leeds

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds

  • 4 Million
  • United Kingdom
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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds
Company Name University of Leeds
Funded By 107
Country United Kingdom , Western Europe
Project Value 4 Million
Project Detail

Understanding and characterising the behaviour of fluids is fundamental to numerous industrial and environmental challenges with wide-ranging societal impact. The CDT in Fluid Dynamics at Leeds will provide the next generation of highly trained graduates with the technical and professional skills and knowledge needed to tackle such problems. Fluid processes are critical to both economic productivity and the health and environmental systems that affect our daily lives. For example, at the microscale, the flow of liquid through the nozzle of an ink-jet printer controls the quality of the printed product, whilst the flow of a coolant around a microprocessor determines whether or not the components will overheat. At the large scale, the atmospheric conditions of the Earth depend upon the flow of gases in the atmosphere and their interaction with the land and oceans. Understanding these processes allows short term weather forecasting and long term climate prediction; both are crucial for industry, government and society to plan and adapt their environments. Fluid flows, and their interactions with structures, are also important to the performance of an array of processes and products that we take for granted in our everyday lives: gas and water flow to our homes, generation of electricity, fuel efficiency of vehicles, the comfort of our workplaces, the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and the manufacture of most of the goods that we buy. Understanding, predicting and controlling Fluid Dynamics is key to reducing costs, increasing performance and enhancing the reliability of all of these processes and products. Our CDT draws on the substantial breadth and depth of our Fluid Dynamics research expertise at the University of Leeds. We will deliver an integrated MSc/PhD programme in collaboration with external partners spanning multiple sectors, including energy, transport, environment, manufacturing, consultancy, defence, computing and healthcare, who highlight their need for skilled Fluid Dynamicists. Through a combination of taught courses, team projects, professional skills training, external engagement and an in-depth PhD research project we will develop broad and deep technical expertise plus the team-working and problem-solving skills to tackle challenges in a trans-disciplinary manner. We will recruit and mentor a diverse cohort from a range of science and engineering backgrounds and provide a vibrant and cohesive training environment to facilitate peer-to-peer support. We will build strengths in mathematical modelling, computational simulation and experimental measurement, and through multi-disciplinary projects co-supervised by academics from different Schools, we will enable students to undertake a PhD project that both strengthens and moves them beyond their UG discipline. Our students will be outward facing with opportunities to undertake placements with industry partners or research organisations overseas, to participate in summer schools and study challenges and to lead outreach activities, becoming ambassadors for Fluid Dynamics. Industry and external engagement will be at the heart of the CDT: all MSc team projects will be challenges set and mentored by industry (with placements embedded); each student will have the opportunity for user engagement in their PhD project (from sponsorship, external supervision and access to facilities, to mentoring); and our partners will be actively involved in overseeing our strategic direction, management and professional training. Many components will be provided by or with our partners, including research software engineering, responsible innovation, commercial awareness and leadership.

Sector Administration & Marketing

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P N R ITALIA SRL

OPTIMISATION, OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT TESTING AND APPROVAL FOR USE OF NOZZLE RRZ IN HIGHWAY TUNNELS AS AN ACTIVE FIREFIGHTING SYSTEM

  • 71,429
  • Italy
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OPTIMISATION, OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENT TESTING AND APPROVAL FOR USE OF NOZZLE RRZ IN HIGHWAY TUNNELS AS AN ACTIVE FIREFIGHTING SYSTEM
Company Name P N R ITALIA SRL
Funded By 38
Country Italy , Western Europe
Project Value 71,429
Project Detail

According to the European Commission, 70,000 people are hospitalized due to severe injuries caused by fire with an estimated damage of €126.3 billion every year. Highway tunnels are currently protected by passive fire systems such as fire-resistant construction materials that slow down the spread of a fire. However, this can be insufficient during major fires hence need for active fire protection systems. The analysis of fire incidents has indicated that fires in tunnels tend to be hotter with temperatures over 1,000oC, last longer even up to 53 hours making rescue operations and fire extinguishment more difficult. The Fire Protection System Market is growing at a fast pace, expected to grow from €44.36 billion in 2016 to €79.44 billion in 2022, at a CAGR of 9.7%. PNR is an Italian company company with 50 years’ experience in the fire protection industry. PNR has developed Nozzle RRZ, a tunnel fire fighting nozzle that can produce a high capacity jet at 130 litres per minute (lpm) with a 6 meters spray coverage operating at normal installation level. Nozzle RRZ will reduce energy consumption in fire fighting in tunnels by ˜1620%, from 1755MJ to 102MJ; reduce operating pressure by ˜3100%, from current 60 -160bars to 2-5 bars; improve water economy and fire delay due to wide drop size range of 50 – 500microns and larger spray area cover. Through this PH1 we seek to validate the technical, commercial and financial feasibility of Nozzle RRZ. Post validation of the project feasibility we will move on to the PH2 through which we seek to finalise the technical developments of Nozzle RRZ, conduct demonstration and validations tests to prompt industry adoption and initiate commercial adoption by players in highway tunnels and rail tunnels. Making use of a PH2 budget of €1.5m and post project investment of €0.5m to bring Nozzle RRZ to market we will boost our turnover and generate €34.44m in our first five years of commercialisation and create 24 new jobs at PNR Italy.

Sector Administration & Marketing

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Company Name P N R ITALIA SRL
Address Via L Gandini 2 27058 Voghera Pv
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/220488/factsheet/en

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ADIGO AS

Weeding robot for precision farming reducing herbicide usage by 95%

  • 2 Million
  • Norway
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Weeding robot for precision farming reducing herbicide usage by 95%
Company Name ADIGO AS
Funded By European Union
Country Norway , Western Europe
Project Value 2 Million
Project Detail

The overall vision of the Project is to prototype, pilot, and commercialise our cost-effective and environmentally friendly weeding robot, Asterix, for the global precision farming sector. Our light-weight, autonomous robot is the only solution on the market that successfully addresses weeding challenges while reducing herbicide usage by 95%. Asterix incorporates a patented, vision-based, ultra-high precision nozzle system. This is built on top of a state-or-the-art machine learning platform that is trained to differentiate the appearance of intertwined crops and their weeds. Asterix applies herbicide only to weeds, not crop or soil, enabling the use of novel, environmentally safe weeding agents in both conventional and organic agriculture. Asterix will avoid 186 million liters of herbicide usage in the global farming sector in the first 5 years after the Project. It will reduce the health and environmental impact of agricultural weeding operations and slash their cost by at least 550€ per hectare per year. We propose prototyping, validation, and market readiness activities. Our specific objectives include 1) Technology maturation (WP1) to optimise the function of Asterix’s subsystems and integrate them into a final prototype to pilot in real-life settings; 2) Piloting and validation (WP2) to show Asterix’s technical and economic performance, functionality, and user benefits via large-scale piloting in real-life operating settings; 3) Preparation to commercialise (WP3-6), enabling us to successfully bring Asterix to market and reach sales traction after Phase 2. Through the Asterix Project, we will significantly boost the growth of our company. By year 5 after project closure, we estimate to reach accumulated revenues of €88.2m, generate at least 40 full-time internal positions and 130 more in our value chain, and accumulate profits of €44.1m. This will be roughly equal to 31-times the total pre-market investment.

Sector Agriculture

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Company Name ADIGO AS
Address BERGHAGEN 3 1405 LANGHUS Norway
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/217200_en.html

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NANOGENTECH LTD

An innovative ultra-fine bubble engineered nozzle for sustainable cost-effective water aeration

  • 71,429
  • United Kingdom
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An innovative ultra-fine bubble engineered nozzle for sustainable cost-effective water aeration
Company Name NANOGENTECH LTD
Funded By European Union
Country United Kingdom , Western Europe
Project Value 71,429
Project Detail

One of the key processes for improving water quality is aeration. When waste water is cleansed in sewage farms, water aeration is required to enable the bacteria which consume the particles in suspension to thrive. Current aeration technology is slow, inefficient, very power consuming and smell generating. Electricity is a critical input for delivering municipal wastewater services, and today about 1% of the EU electricity demand is consumed by wastewater treatment plants. Electricity costs are usually between 5% to 30% of total operating costs among wastewater utilities worldwide. Nanogentech offers UFine, a time effective technology, consuming organic waste up to 9 times faster than traditional aeration methods and allowing cost reduction of over 80%. UFine also achieves a remarkable oxygen transfer rate of beyond 90%. UFine will target industrial wastewater treatment plants which treat only 60% of industrial wastewater before discharge. In the UK, there are many Wastewater Treatment Utilities that serve populations of over 2,000 people, above which the Directive’s secondary treatment standards applies. During the feasibility assessment, a minimum viable product will be defined, a go-to-market strategy and a supply chain will be established, as well as further development plan will be drafted. Within the overall project Nanogentech aims to optimize the ultra-fine bubble nozzle to enable a perfect scale-up of the solution from small wastewater utilities to greater agglomeration’s discharges and complete a successful demonstration with a wastewater company in the UK.

Sector Water And Sanitation

Contact Details

Company Name NANOGENTECH LTD
Address 6TH FLOOR 60 GRACECHURCH STREET EC3V 0HR LONDON United Kingdom
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/217264_en.html

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CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

Fuel injection from subcritical to supercritical P-T conditions: a unified methodology for coupled in-nozzle flow, atomisation and air-fuel mixing processes

  • 251,858
  • United Kingdom
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Fuel injection from subcritical to supercritical P-T conditions: a unified methodology for coupled in-nozzle flow, atomisation and air-fuel mixing processes
Company Name CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Funded By European Union
Country United Kingdom , Western Europe
Project Value 251,858
Project Detail

Fossil fuel consumption is expected to almost double over the next 3 decades in order to meet the increasing demand for infrastructure, trade and transportation. Development of engines complying with the forthcoming 2020 emission legislations, relies on the effective design of advanced high-pressure fuel injection systems and represents a key industrial priority. Emissions can be reduced when fuel is injected against air at P-T conditions well above the fuel’s critical point; the prevailing supercritical fluid conditions result to disappearance of the liquid-gas interface, which in turn, reduces vaporisation time and enhances significantly air-fuel mixing. Combination of experiments (outgoing phase) with CFD simulations (return phase) of the in-nozzle flow, fuel atomisation and mixing processes under such conditions form the core subject of the proposed research. The experimental work includes currently unknown physical properties measurements near the fuel’s critical point; these will be modelled with complex equations of state for a wide range of P-T conditions. Moreover, the state-of-the-art experimental techniques and equipment of the US host, will be employed for quantifying the near-nozzle fuel atomisation and mixing at those conditions. These experimental data will guide the development and validation of a new state-of-the-art CFD model able to couple the aforementioned multi-phase flow processes through a combination of physical models and numerical methods. These include interface capturing of immiscible and diffused interfaces, scale-resolved turbulence, mass transfer rate (cavitation and vaporisation) and real-fluid thermodynamics addressing the compressibility effects for the liquid-vapour-air mixture. The project brings together research, academic and industrial experts from the US and Europe. It will advance scientific knowledge and will facilitate the design of less polluting engines for the benefit of the European area and society as a whole.

Sector Science And Technology

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Company Name CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Address NORTHAMPTON SQUARE EC1V 0HB LONDON United Kingdom
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/213383_en.html

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AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Optimised Pest Integrated Management to precisely detect and control plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables

  • 3 Million
  • Greece
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Optimised Pest Integrated Management to precisely detect and control plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables
Company Name AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Funded By European Union
Country Greece , Western Europe
Project Value 3 Million
Project Detail

OPTIMA will develop an environmentally friendly IPM framework for vineyards, apple orchards and carrots by providing a holistic integrated approach which includes all critical aspects related to integrated disease management, such as i) novel bio-PPPs use, ii) disease prediction models, iii) spectral early disease detection systems and iv) precision spraying techniques. It will contribute significantly to the reduction of the European agriculture reliance on chemical PPPs resulting in reduced use of agrochemicals, lower residues and reduced impacts on human health. OPTIMA will optimize disease prediction models for downy mildew in vineyards, apple scab in apple orchards and alternaria leaf blight in carrots to envisage faster the possibility of disease outspread and developing advanced early detection methods based on spectral imaging and deep learning techniques to precisely localise and quantify the infection. It will evaluate and screen biological and synthetic PPPs for their combined ability to control the selected diseases and weigh the optimum dosage and application timing and identifying and characterize induced host resistance mechanisms to achieve higher and durable resistance. It will enhance and develop three innovative prototype sprayers (for carrots, apple orchards and vineyards) actuating different nozzle types and adopting variable rate control based on canopy characteristics, the pathogen dispersal and disease development. The holistic developed IPM system will be tested and assessed in field conditions with the three selected crops. The advanced sprayer prototypes and the monitoring system will be tested in real-time to record field efficacy and potential discrepancies from the expected effectiveness. OPTIMA will finally, assess health, environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the proposed IPM system in comparison to conventional systems using an extended Life-Cycle approach integrated with Human and Environmental Risk Assessment.

Sector Agriculture Food And Beverages

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Company Name AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Address Iera Odos 75 11855 ATHENS Greece
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/214745_en.html

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AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS

Hybrid Propulsion Module for transfer to GEO orbit

  • 3 Million
  • France
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Hybrid Propulsion Module for transfer to GEO orbit
Company Name AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
Funded By European union
Country France , Western Europe
Project Value 3 Million
Project Detail

Independent access to space is a key component of the European Space Policy. The competition is increasing in this area both for the full launching systems and the key subsystems. Cost-effectiveness becomes the main driving factor. HYPROGEO ambition is to study a propulsion module based on Hybrid chemical propulsion. Hybrid propulsion is not a new technology but its application to a transfer module or to a re-ignitable upper stage is very innovative. It is an interesting alternative for the GEO transfer, between the chemical propulsion (bi-liquid) and the new trend of Electrical Propulsion (EP). There are very good synergies and complementarities with the other propulsion activities. The proof of concept (specific impulse, thrust) has been demonstrated. The main technical challenge is the long duration firings. The future development of an operational system, already identified in the current roadmaps, requires advanced R&D work on 4 critical technologies: - Combustion chamber. - High endurance nozzle. - Catalytic injector. - Production, storage and use of high concentration hydrogen peroxide. These R&D activities structure 4 main work packages. A system study ensures the global vision in coherence with an economic analysis, the identification of technical challenges and the consolidation of scientific results. A last work package performs the dissemination of results. An innovative aspect is the fact that the R&D activities are directly driven by the ecvolution of market needs and system requirements. Main expected benefits are: - Green and simpler design (compared to bi-liquid). - Shorter transfer time and reduced cost of operations (compared to EP) A TRL 3-4 level is expected at the end of the project. The impact of the project is secured by the composition of the consortium led by Astrium with the main European actors of the hybrid: it contributes to the consolidation of the European industrial supply chain for Hybrid propulsion. Project duration is 36 months.

Sector Information Technology

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Company Name AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE SAS
Address 31 RUE DES COSMONAUTES ZI DU PALAYS 31402 TOULOUSE CEDEX France
Web Site http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/193294_en.html

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UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Chemical Reaction Engineering by Additive Manufacturing of Mesoscale MetaMaterials

  • 3 Million
  • Netherlands The
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Chemical Reaction Engineering by Additive Manufacturing of Mesoscale MetaMaterials
Company Name UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Funded By European union
Country Netherlands The , Western Europe
Project Value 3 Million
Project Detail

"The management of mesoscale dynamics is the missing link in gaining complete control over chemical processes like heterogeneous catalysis. The ability to accurately position nanoscale active elements in cellular mesoscale (nm to µm-range) structures with high symmetrical order is instrumental in streamlining vital molecular or energetic paths. 3D periodicity in the structure that supports active or adsorption sites minimizes spatial variations in mass transport, whereas mesoscale control of the location of these sites gives a route to tuning activity and functionality. The introduction of mesoscale metamaterials expands the on-going trend in chemistry, of more and more dimensionally refined structured elements, a so to speak ""Moores law in Process Intensification"". The roadmap to higher process efficiency dictates a next, disruptive step in mastering manufacturing control at smaller dimensions. The proposed disruptive technology to realize the required mesoscale features is Additive Manufacturing, which is the only method offering the desired freedom in shape, symmetry and composition. More specifically, this project explores electrospinning methods with precise intra-wire control of the position of active sites and accurately tuneable 3D inter-wire distances. This is seen as the ideal technique to reach the mesoscale material target, as the method is scalable to practical device volumes. The main ingredients of the novel technology are microfluidic networks to line up nanoparticles, before electrospinning them with integrated micromachined nozzles, and depositing them accurately in the form of 3D nanowire networks, using integrated circuit collector electrodes. Flow-through, cellular materials which are highly homogeneous in size and composition, or with intentionally embedded gradients, having features designed at the mesoscale, will be investigated for applications in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis and solar energy capture and conversion."

Sector Chemical

Contact Details

Company Name UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Address DRIENERLOLAAN 5 7522 NB ENSCHEDE Netherlands
Web Site http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/210057_en.html

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RESIDUAL BARRIER TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

A toxin-free, food-safe, autonomous mobile misting disinfection system that eradicates pathogenswithin 5 minutes and gives residual protection for 24 hours reducing the need for water and antibiotics

  • 71,429
  • United Kingdom
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A toxin-free, food-safe, autonomous mobile misting disinfection system that eradicates pathogenswithin 5 minutes and gives residual protection for 24 hours reducing the need for water and antibiotics
Company Name RESIDUAL BARRIER TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
Funded By European union
Country United Kingdom , Western Europe
Project Value 71,429
Project Detail

Residual Barrier Technology Ltd. is an SME set up with the aim of developing disruptive, green sanitation products while delivering higher performance than state of the art solutions and thus achieve impact globally. Disinfectants are relied on as the last line of defense against ever-evolving bacteria and viruses – but due to current chemistry they come with inherent disadvantages including, toxic/mutagenic ingredient use and offers no residual protection. Methods application such as spraying, fogging and fumigation are time and labour intensive and provide inconsistent and incomplete coverage. We have developed VIRIDIS a patent pending non-toxic, non-mutagenic platform disinfectant that is a breakthrough in the fight to effectively eradicate bacterial pathogens, spoilage organisms, and viruses. However, VIRIDIS MIST does not stop there – once deposited on a surface the advanced micelles holding the active ingredients crystallise to create a protective residual barrier that has been independently proven to continue to kill bacteria for days even when dry - preventing them from rebuilding or mutating to form a resistance. We currently work with clients in the food processing and agriculture market to design and fit bespoke large scale residual misting systems for their facilities operating on a service charge model. However, there is a considerable expense and time involved in installing the network of fixed pipes and nozzles at their sites – making it cost prohibitive in small to medium sites and impossible to implement in haulage and shipping contexts. VIRIDIS MIST will service this much larger market micromedium scale market through the use of autonomous mobile apparatus. We are requesting funding for the development and production of 24 demonstrator application (8 x 3 different sizes) systems to gain customer confidence among our suppliers and end users.

Sector Healthcare and Medical

Contact Details

Company Name RESIDUAL BARRIER TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
Address THE DIE PAT CENTRE BROAD MARCH NN11 4HE DAVENTRY NORTHAMPTONSHIRE United Kingdom
Web Site http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/211173_en.html

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TEYME TECHNOLOGIE AGRICOLA SL

TEYME EYE VINEYARD SPRAYER

  • 71,429
  • Spain
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TEYME EYE VINEYARD SPRAYER
Company Name TEYME TECHNOLOGIE AGRICOLA SL
Funded By European union
Country Spain , Western Europe
Project Value 71,429
Project Detail

Agricultural technology is among the most revolutionary and impactful areas of modern technology driven by the fundamental need for feeding an ever-growing population. Its development has to serve the agriculture that is environmentally sustainable and cost competitive. That means fewer pesticides application, less water consumption and more efficient use of machines. Excessive use of pesticides for the suppression of insect pests, diseases and weeds has significant impact on the human health and environment. It is estimated that about 50% of all pesticides applied do not reach their intended target consequently increasing negative impact on environment, but also production costs thus implying that application of pesticides have to bedone with higher accuracy. Agriculture production cost is furthermore burdened by high cost of crop protection, particularly in grapes and other fruits growth. In permanent and close cooperation with fruit growers TEYME has recognized the mentioned challenges and developed technology to enable reducing the use and negative impact of pesticide. TEYME has improved the existing state of the art pneumatic sprayers for vineyards by patented spraying technology supported by guidance system based on video input. The control system is capable of controlling the spraying rate of individual spraying nozzles based on video input algorithms. Machine vision algorithms are providing information about canopy, foliage density and all necessary data that not only guide the process of spraying but also provide vital data for farmer such as growth rate and health status of the vineyard. TEYMEs solution under TEVINS brand name will decrease use of pesticides in vineyard and orchard up to 60% and reduce it operations cost up to 25%. Project Commercial objective is to generate in 8 years of commercialization cumulative revenue of above €58 million and more than 70 new jobs created.

Sector Food and Agriculture

Contact Details

Company Name TEYME TECHNOLOGIE AGRICOLA SL
Address POLIG INDUSTRIAL EL SAU III-C S/N 25131 TORRE-SERONA LLEIDA Spain
Web Site http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/210690_en.html

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