At a glance

MOTOR is an EU-funded project aiming at ICT-enabled modelling, simulation, analytics and forecasting technologies, with a specific challenge set out by EU in HORIZON 2020 FoF-08-2015

Simulating continuous and discrete manufacturing processes, forecasting the behaviour of manufacturing systems and processes, and designing products to an even larger extent through virtual mock-ups and optimization methods integrated in the design and production chain are key enablers for Europe's future manufacturing sector. Advances in ICT in terms of high performance computing power and communication speed, smart sensor technologies for generating and exploiting "big data", the convergence of the embedded world and the Internet/Cloud world in cyber physical systems (CPS), multi-modal visualisation and interaction technologies, are leading to a new generation of modelling, simulation, forecasting and decision support methods and tools. These offer a huge potential for making the whole manufacturing chain more competitive.”

The MOTOR project aims at developing a unified ICT-enabled design workflow for the simulation-driven multi-objective design optimization of fluid energy machines in real industrial manufacturing environments. The vision is to link all computational components of the design workflow - CAD software, various simulation tools for fluid and solid mechanics, heat transfer etcetera, and the optimisation algorithm - to the same geometry model to enable geometry-aware simulation and optimisation methods.

MOTOR creates a toolbox of modular computational tools and integrates them into existing design workflows for aircraft engines, ship propellers, water turbines, and screw machines. The modernised workflows enable the design of more efficient machines and, at the same time, reduce the time to production and increase mass-customization capacities making Europe’s manufacturing industry more competitive.


Project title:

Multi-ObjecTive design Optimization of fluid eneRgy machines


Project coordinator:

Delft University of Technology (NL)


Caterpillar (SE)

ESS Engineering Software Steyr GmbH (AU)

Johannes Kepler University of Linz (AU)

Maritime Research Institute Nederland (NL)

Mavel (CR)

MTU Aero Engines AG (GE)

University of West Bohemia (CR)

TU Dortmund University (GE)

TU Kaiserslautern (GE)

Von Karman Institute of Fluid Dynamics (BE)


1 September 2015 – 31 August 2018

ED contribution:

€ 4,302,875.00



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