Project partners

Academia:

Delft University of Technology

Johannes Kepler University of Linz

MARIN

University of West Bohemia

TU Dortmund University

TU Kaiserslautern

Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics


Delft University of Technology has been established in 1842, is divided into 8 faculties containing 40 technological and scientific disciplines. Approximately 20,000 students are enrolled in various Bachelor and Master courses. Some of the Bachelor courses are in English: Geoscience and Aerospace Engineering. All (40) Master courses are in English. TU Delft ranks consistently high among top universities of technology in the world (THES). It has a Valorisation Centre with specialised staff for the linkages with large companies and SME's, lifelong learning, patent policies, business incubators, start- ups and portfolio management as well as advisors on grants.

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The Institute of Applied Geometry at Johannes Kepler University performs research in Computer Aided Geometric Design, Isogeometric Analysis, Kinematics/Robotics and Computational Geometry. It was established in 2000, when its head was appointed as professor at JKU. The university is located in Upper Austria, which is one of the economically most dynamic and successful regions in Austria, contributing substantially to the Austrian exports (above the national average). JKU possesses strong links to the local economy. The Institute of Applied Geometry is one of the ten mathematical institutes at JKU, which form the Department of Mathematics. The department is one of the leading institutions in the field of Applied Mathematics in Austria.

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MARIN has been dedicated to furthering maritime understanding and knowledge since 1932. Today, MARIN is an internationally recognised authority on ship and offshore hydrodynamics, involved in front breaking research programmes for governments, the maritime and offshore industry and navies. MARIN also provides commercial shipbuilders, owners, propeller manufacturers, naval architects and the offshore industry with state-of-the-art performance predictions, design consultancy, testing services and simulation and training consultancy.

MARIN has a cluster of the largest dedicated maritime research facilities in the world, comprising an enviable array of basins, simulation tools, cluster of computer power, measurement equipment and production tools. But most importantly, MARIN has motivated people that bring this all together. This highly trained team is dedicated to advance hydrodynamic know-how and applying it for the benefit of the maritime industry as a whole. A complete information technology infrastructure is in place for the support of research, production, business processes and knowledge management. MARIN has been involved in many of the most recent EU projects on ship design, ship propulsion, model scale measurements and CFD such as the 6th Framework Project VIRTUE, or the 7th Framework Project STREAMLINE, GRIP, HTA, MoveIT and SONIC.

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The University of West Bohemia was established in 1991 through the merger of the Institute of Technology and the Faculty of Education. At present, the University has nine faculties with more than 60 departments and two institutes of higher education. Today, nearly 14,000 students can choose from a wide range of Bachelor, Master and PhD study programmes. UWB has almost 2000 employees and manages approximately 300 R&D projects every year, including EU projects. Several research centres belong under the university. Especially, the research group participating in this project exploits infrastructure of the European centre of excellence NTIS – New technologies for the Information society.

The University of West Bohemia has also long-term experience with collaboration with many companies, especially in Czech Republic, which proves its ability to transfer knowledge from academic environment to practice.

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TU Dortmund University is a leading technically oriented research university with particular strengths in science, engineering and technology transfer, complemented by competences in social sciences and humanities. It focuses on interdisciplinary and innovative synergies in research and education. It is located in the Ruhr region, one of the industrial centres of Germany and has strong links to all major German as well as to a number of European companies. The TU Dortmund University comprises 16 Faculties. The Chair of Fluidics is part of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

As an interdisciplinary centre, the Chair of Fluidics includes all major scientific areas that are relevant for research and development in rotary displacement machines such as screw machines, from scientific fundamentals to applications. The department has excellent state-of-the-art experimental facilities and technical support staff. Its budget is funded largely by grants from public research sponsors and industrial organisations. The Chair of Fluidics has been working for about 40 years in the field of screw machines. During this time more than 30 doctoral theses have been written.

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Founded in 1970, the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern is a young research-oriented German university with an outstanding scientific-technological profile. TUKL is located amidst a high-profile cluster of research centres and technology transfer institutes. A special feature of our research activities and our graduate education is the strong link to national and international industries and the fruitful interaction with affiliated research institutes. The Department of Mathematics at UNIKL ranks among the top German math departments, and in October 2010 it has furthermore been selected to become a member of the exclusive Europe-wide “Excellence Group Mathematics” (evaluated by CHE Gütersloh). The Department of Computer Science at UNIKL is ranked among the top German computer science departments.

The participating groups at UNIKL possess a strong record in numerical analysis, scientific visualization, and scientific computing, with a particular focus on applications in computational mechanics. In cooperation with various academic and industrial partners, the groups have worked on challenging problems in the automotive, aerodynamics, railway technology, and energy sectors, and this expertise will substantially contribute to MOTOR. The numerics group (Prof. Simeon) has also become a major player in the field of isogeometric analysis over recent years (projects EXCITING and TERRIFIC). The scientific visualization group (Jun.-Prof. Garth) is well known for flow visualization and large-data techniques (FP7 project LargeDataVis).

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The von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics is a research institute established in 1956 by Professor Theodore von Karman. The VKI is a non-profit international educational and scientific organization, hosting three departments (aeronautics and aerospace, environmental and applied fluid dynamics, and turbomachinery & propulsion). It provides post-graduate education in fluid dynamics (research master in fluid dynamics, doctoral program, stagier program and lecture series) and encourages "training in research through research". The von Karman Institute undertakes and promotes research in the field of fluid dynamics. It possesses about fifty different wind tunnels, turbomachinery and other specialized test facilities, some of which are unique or the largest in the world. Extensive research on experimental, computational and theoretical aspects of gas and liquid flows is carried out at the VKI under the direction of the faculty and research engineers, sponsored mainly by governmental and international agencies as well as industries.

The turbomachinery and propulsion department of the VKI is recognized by both industry and academics for its high quality research and education. Besides a large number of experimental facilities of which some are world-unique, the VKI possesses a 1780 core cluster, a 512 core SGI nextgen cluster and an additional cluster of 250 CPUs strong. Several in-house and commercial codes are available. The VKI has a longstanding tradition in research on shape optimization for turbomachinery components. While experimental investigations have been part of the institute since it was founded, numerical activities have grown steadily over the past decades.

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Industries:

Caterpillar

Mavel

MTU Aero Engines AG


Caterpillar, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, groups all the marketing and service activities for Cat and MaK™ marine diesel, dual fuel and gas power and propulsion systems within Caterpillar Inc. The organisation provides premier power solutions in the medium- and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,800 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 16,100 kWe in marine generator sets as well as a comprehensive portfolio of propulsion solutions. The sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations world-wide dedicated to support customers in ocean-going, commercial marine and pleasure craft wherever they are.

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Mavel belongs among global leaders in engineering and manufacturing, which specializes at the design, engineering and own production of hydro turbines and related technology for small hydroelectric power plants. This Czech-American firm possesses a full product line and has over 100 proprietary designs of Kaplan, Francis, Pelton, and Micro Turbines up to 30 MW per unit. Its well-established high quality brand has a global reach as the company has already delivered 425+ turbines over the world. The target market segment for Mavel turbines are the hydro power plants, which accommodate turbines range of 3 kW to 30+ MW per unit of installed capacity and heads up to 1,000 meters

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MTU Aero Engines is Germany’s leading engine manufacturer and an established global player in the industry. The company engages in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and support of commercial and military aircraft engines in all thrust and power categories and stationary gas turbines. Operating affiliates all over the world, MTU has a local presence in major regions and markets. MTU's portfolio of technologies for the future includes some 100 projects that are firmly focused on the company’s objectives and pursued in accordance with strict product development rules. MTU Aero Engines also benefits from the experience of its involvement in engine programmes as well as from its participation in major EU funded level 2 research projects in aviation (e.g.LEMCOTEC, E-BREAK, ENOVAL). The proposed project involves mainly the department of Computer Aided Engineering Systems.

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SME:

ESS Engineering Software Steyr GmbH


ESS is a start-up and was founded in January 2015. The company ESS developed from a buy-out of the two software products ALSIM and MERGE from the company Engineering Center Steyr GmbH&CoKG, which is a large enterprise and belongs to MAGNA. Most of the ESS employees have former worked at Engineering Center Steyr. Although ESS is recently founded the knowhow in this special application area is unique. All employees are used to develop commercial software by using quality and infrastructure similar to the Q&I at Engineering Center Steyr. ESS has distributors in all over the world and close cooperations to universities as JKU and UIBK, both located in Austria

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