Inspire your students!

ESR 13, Mr Max Brunhart (Delphi Technologies) and the CaFE team have prepared a lesson plan on fluid dynamics for students under the age of 15. The lesson plan aims to introduce young students to fluid dynamics, the related terminology and its applications.

The learning process takes under consideration Howard Gardner’s theory of the multiple intelligences. The main source of information is a song about the scientific field of fluid dynamics and the tasks aim to safeguard that the learners are not restricted to one modality of learning. They are designed to help students activate one or more of the following intelligences: musical-rhythmic, linguistic, logical- mathematical.

So, inspire your students to learn fluid dynamics! Feel free to use the available resources:

Science Hotel

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Date: 28th of September 2018
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Mr Themistoklis Melissaris ( ESR 12/ Wärtsilä) participated in the European Researcher’s Night in Rotterdam. The event was called “Science Hotel “and was organized by the Erasmus University Rotterdam for the 21st lustrum of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the European Night of the Researcher.

As a Marie Curie Fellow he presented his research area at the European Corner of the “Science Hotel”. His poster “Cavitating Flows and Surface Erosion – Applications and Numerical Prediction” was displayed at the “Marie Curie Gallery”. He also gave a short speech to explain the cavitation phenomenon and answered the questions of the audience and the Dutch science journalist Eveline van Rijswijk. The audience found out what is cavitation and cavitation erosion and how harmful it can be for mechanical components and how beneficiary for the biomedical sector.

Overall, the event was very successful not only for the young audience but also for the participating researchers, because they had the chance to get familiar with other research topics and Marie-Curie projects.

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Science is Wonder-ful!

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Date: 25th-26th of September 2018
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Audience: general public

“Science is Wonder-ful!” is a European Researchers’ Night event that arouses interest in science and awakens curiosity in research. It is open to everybody and offers edutainment activities challenging the communication skills of the participating researchers and the thinking skills of the audience.

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Mr Max Brunhart (ESR 13 of the CaFE project/ CITY, University of London) collaborated with Mr Alvaro Vidal Roncero (ESR 12 of the Marie Curie ITN IPPAD project /CITY, University of London) to present the cavitation phaenomenon, which is the cornerstone of both research projects. At their stand – named “Boiling without Heating”- they introduced the cavitation phaenomenon to their audience by using a syringe full of water: they showed the formation of bubbles by pulling the lever of the syringe, blocked the exit and then they released the lever to show the bubble collapse. Their audience also enjoyed a series of videos: a shrimp that hunts via cavitation, a glass bottle breaking in slow motion due to the collapse of bubbles and a submarine with a trail made of collapsing bubbles.

Hundreds of visitors – mainly school students – visited the “Boiling without Heating” stand. The high number of visitors increased the level of challenge for the two ESRs; they practiced to adjust quickly to the age of each audience managing to trigger vivid, age appropriate discussions.

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Best Presentation Award

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Date: 10th of July 2018
Location: London, UK
Audience: students and staff of CITY, University of London

Mr Mithun Murali Girija (ERS 15/CITY, University of London) was granted a Best  Presentation Award for his oral presentation, as evaluated by the judges of the City SMCSE PhD Symposium 2018. The Symposium is the inaugural conference for PhD students in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering; an opportunity to celebrate the research culture in the school. The 16 oral presentations and the approximately 20 poster presentations aimed to summarise the research conducted in different scientific areas (from Cybersecurity to mechanical engineering) in a manner accessible to a non-expert audience.

Mr Murali Girija (ESR15/City University of London) introduced his audience to the physics of cavitation and then he shared some of his research work on gear pump cavitation and its importance in the aviation industry. He also informed his audience about the Marie-Curie actions and the CaFE-project. His talk led to a lot of questions, all related to the ITN-projects: scholarships, training, mobility opportunities, application procedures and collaboration between industries and universities.

The event was followed by a summer party, where Mr Murali Girija received his award and enjoyed the appreciation of the audience.

Interaction with the hydraulic power generation

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Date: 24th  of May 2018
Location: Andritz Hydro, Vevey, Switzerland
Audience: staff from R&D, maintenance and management of Andritz Hydro Vevey

Andritz Hydro is a global supplier of electromechanical systems and services (“from water-to-wire“) for hydropower plants and one of the leaders in the world market for hydraulic power generation.

ANDRITZ HYDRO Vevey – a member of the CaFE project consortium – has hosted Mr Saad Jahangir (ESR 5 / TU Delft) and Mr Ebrahim Ghahramani (ESR 8 / Chalmers) for their 2-month secondment. ANDRITZ HYDRO Vevey’s business activities are mainly directed towards the rehabilitation of existing turbines on the international market. Consequently, the research conducted by the CaFE ESRs with regards to the cavitation phaenomenon arose the curiosity of the company’s staff. This motivated the CaFE ESRs to present their work to a very interested audience: the technology manager, the turbine team leader, researchers from the R & D and maintenance departments as well as laboratory engineers.

The ESRs explained how their research work is funded by introducing their audience to the Marie Curie ITN actions and its main objectives: Innovation, Internationality, Mobility and Collaboration. As the ESRs were addressing a mixed audience they first threw some light on the cavitation phaenomenon by using every day examples and various non-engineering applications and then they provided detailed information: a presentation of their own PhD thesis and of the joint experiments that they have carried out using the cavitation test rig of the company.

The presentation led to a meaningful interaction with the audience with lots of questions and comments about the research projects of the ESRs and the 2-month collaboration with Andritz.

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The long night of research

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Date: 13th of April 2018
Location: Graz, Austria
Audience: General public

Mr Marco Cristofaro (ESR 14/AVL) participated actively in the event the “Lange Nacht der Forschung” (Long night of research) which took place in Austria on the 13th of April 2018. The “Long night of research” is a nationwide science communication event that makes research institutions accessible to the general public for one night. Current research projects, new findings and technologies are presented in an exciting, understandable and entertaining way.

This year’s event was a very successful one: 200.000 visitors in 265 locations all over Austria interacted with the researchers to gain information on scientific topics that affect the daily life and influence the future.

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Mr Cristofaro was in Graz and spent most of his time at FH Joanneum, the AVL headquarters and TU Graz. He discussed with the visitors and other researchers aiming to underline a) the importance of research in understanding reality and how this understanding can improve the quality of our life, b) the value of worldwide borderless collaborations in the research community and c) the contribution of the Marie-Curie Actions funding opportunities to the research conducted in Europe but also worldwide.

Invent (Y)our Future

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Date: 12-14 April 2018
Location: Drunen, Netherlands
Audience: approx. 100 people

The first “Invent (Y)our Future” event was organized in 2018 by Wärtsilä Netherlands and was held in Drunen from 12-14 April. Innovation and Digitalization were the central themes of the event, which aimed to showcase recent development as well as future opportunities to the Wärtsilä employees. More than 100 people from every department of the company attended the event.

During the interactive three-day programme Mr Themistoklis Melissaris (ESR 12/ Wärtsilä) shared the innovative actions of the CaFE project, focusing on his own research area: how cavitation erosion prediction with CFD can change the future of propeller design and what will be the general impact on the maritime industry.

When addressing experts in maritime industry Mr Melissaris went into detail about how cavitation erosion risk on propellers can be assessed and about the limitations of this assessment. His colleagues from departments that weren’t related to engineering were interested in understanding how cavitation erosion prediction with CFD can improve business and development in the future.

The event was an excellent opportunity for Mr Melissaris to increase awareness of his research work and its impact.

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Challenges in hydropower

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Date: 23rd of March 2018
Location: Glion, Switzerland
Audience: 10 students of the Glion Institute of Higher Education (age 18 – 25)

The Glion Institute of Higher Education invited Dr Magdalena Neuhauser – who works at Andritz Hydro and is a member of the CaFE project consortium – to give a lecture on the production of electricity and on hydraulic turbines. Dr Neuhauser presented the CaFE project to the students and focused on the “Challenges in hydropower”. The multinational audience participated actively in the activity. They were interested in learning more about the challenges linked to global and local trends in electricity generation and they discussed at length the hydropower plants in their respective home countries: Turkey, Germany, China, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic and France.

Fête de la Science 2017


Date: 13th of October 2017
Location: Grenoble, France
Audience: 34 students (School Grésivaudan, Meylan)

Fete de la Science 2017 was held on 13th October 2017 in Grenoble, France. A group of 34 students from the school Grésivaudan in Meylan visited LEGI to participate in an activity organized by our partners (Grenoble Institute of Technology).

The cavitation phaenomenon and the funding behind the research conducted were in the centre of the presentation. ESR3, Mr Shrey Joshi, had prepared an age appropriate video for the occasion and Prof. Jean-Pierre Franc presented the funding opportunities offered by Horizon 2020 to young researchers. He also explained how the investment in research and technology helps the society grow.