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£2.4m boost for nano research into global challenges
Date:10/15/2010

devices some 10 to 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

"For example, early indications are that membranes of carbon nanotubes have remarkable properties in filtering salt ions and other contaminants from water. In addition, embedding micro systems or nano structures over a vehicle's surface promises to substantially reduce the drag of aircraft and ships.

"But to enable the development of these technologies, it's essential that we get the fluids engineering right. At the moment, very few tools exist that help us to understand and simulate these 'non-equilibrium flows'. The new research will help us to bridge that gap, so that the non-intuitive flow physics can be exploited to engineer new technologies with performance beyond any currently conceived."

The five-year research project will deliver a new technique for simulating fluid flows at the nano and micro scale, which will be deployed on three technical challenges: reducing drag in aerospace; applications of super-hydrophobic surfaces to marine transport; and water desalination / purification.

The aim will be to accurately predict the performance of these proposed technologies, optimise their design and propose new designs which exploit flow behaviour at this scale for technological impact.

Starting on 1 January 2011, the research grant will fund 15 years of researcher time and five doctoral scholarships, and was leveraged by the recent investment of 750k in a major parallel supercomputer by the University of Strathclyde's Faculty of Engineering. The research is strongly supported by nine external partners, ranging from large multinational companies to SMEs and public advisory bodies.


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Contact: Kat Hannah
kat.hannah@strath.ac.uk
44-014-154-84123
University of Strathclyde
Source:Eurekalert

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