Events January 2018

January 22-24, 2018

Host Institution: AVL List GmbH in Graz, Austria

  1. CaFE 5th progress meeting
    January 23, 2018
  2. AVL-lab visit
    January 22, 2018
  3. Seminars 8-12
    January 22 and 24, 2018

    • Hydro turbines technology
    • Thermodynamics of fuels and their properties
    • Simulation models for cavitation and phase-change
    • Computational methods for interface tracking cavitation and phase-change

Speakers: Mr. Andreas Diemath (AVL List GmbH), Dr. Wilfried Edelbauer (AVL List GmbH), Dr Mohamed Farhat (EPFL), Dr Xiangyu Hu (TUM), Dr Foivos Koukouvinis (CITY, University of London), Dr Magdalena Neuhauser (Andritz Hydro), Dr. Klaus Pachler (AVL List GmbH), Dr. Peter Priesching (AVL List GmbH), Dr Steffen Schmidt (TUM)

Science – fiction: science or fiction?

Date: 29th of July
Location: Munich, Germany
Audience: approx. 40 students from USA, Luxembourg, Spain, France, Ukraine, Russia, average age 13

Ms Daria Ogloblina (ESR 1/ TUM) and Ms Polina Gorkh (ESR 7/ TUM) visited the summer physical-mathematical camp “Delta” for gifted children that took place in the Russian cultural centre “GOROD” in Munich to implement an outreach activity. They wanted to motivate the children to become researchers and so they prepared an age-appropriate lecture on science – fiction: 1) common mistakes to be seen in sci-fi movies and 2) modern inventions which bring us closer to sci-fi.

The international 13-year-old audience was successfully inspired and during the whole lecture they participated vividly in the discussion: They made guesses, assumptions, tried to provide their explanations and prove their hypotheses.

They were so absorbed into asking questions regarding prospective developments and proposing topic related hypothetical situations, that they didn’t want to leave the room when the lecture was over.

Consequently, the CaFE ESRs received a lot of appreciation from the organizers but also an invitation to the following similar event.

A new generation of early-stage researchers

Date: 24th of July 2017
Location: Munich, Germany
Audience: approx. 25 bachelor students

The TUM University (Technische Universität München) organized in July 2017 an event for engineering bachelor students to a) teach the skills required for basic scientific research as well as those needed for interdisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurial activity and to b) give graduates access to careers in the interdisciplinary sectors and occupational fields of the future.

Being a member of the CaFE project for more than 2 years Ms Polina Gorkh (ESR 7 / TUM) had the prefect background and experience to contribute to the training of the bachelor students. In her lecture entitled “Cavitation research in the international CaFE project” she presented the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and information on the number of people that have the support of the EU, the kind of support they get and the kind of opportunities they are offered.

The cavitation phaenomenon was the main topic of the second part of her lecture. She used a PVT diagram to explain the difference between boiling and cavitation and explained why it can be erosive and why one should predict and control cavitation. She also showed recently published examples that were computed on the SuperMUC in her cavitation group at TUM.


Finally, Ms Gorkh used the CaFE project as an example to underline the objectives of the Marie-Curie Innovative Training Networks: innovation, mobility, internationality and collaboration. She presented the location of each participating organisation on the world map to emphasize internationality, explained the idea of secondments to emphasise mobility and inter-sectoral collaboration and she used the work packages of the CaFE project to show the interaction of the individual research projects.

Fascinated with fluid dynamics!

Date: 12th of June 2017
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Audience: approx. 25 high-school students

ALI_AMINI_Test section and downstream

In mid-June 2017 the laboratory for hydraulic machines (LMH) of EPFL hosted about 25 students from the ‘Gymnase du Bugnon’, a high-school in Lausanne, Switzerland.

During their visit Mr Ali Amini (ESR 16/EPFL) had the opportunity to give them basic knowledge of fluid mechanics. He focused on the cavitation phenomenon and explained why it is important to study it.

He also demonstrated the high-speed cavitation tunnel of EPFL. During the demonstration the students observed how a one-phase flow turns into a cavitating flow when the static pressure of the tunnel falls beyond a critical value. The fascinated faces of the students were Mr Amini’s valuable reward for the implementation of this activity.