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RESEARCH ON THE ROLE OF LIQUIDS IN PRODUCTION PROCESSES

German Research Foundation (DFG) Establishes New Priority Program at TU Dortmund University

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Professor Dirk Biermann is head of the Institute of Machining Technology at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of TU Dortmund University.

Professor Dirk Biermann of TU Dortmund University has successfully convinced the German Research Foundation (DFG) to establish a new Priority Program at TU Dortmund University. Out of 50 proposals, his application was among the winners: the new “FLUSIMPRO” program will be funded from 2020 onwards, initially for six years. Around 20 interdisciplinary sub-projects with a total volume of about € 2.3 million per year will examine the role of liquids in production processes.

The goal of the new Priority Program is to examine the scientific principles of a particularly topical field of research: “Efficient Cooling, Lubrication and Transportation – Coupled Mechanical and Fluid-Dynamical Simulation Methods for Efficient Production Processes”, in short FLUSIMPRO. The name mirrors the program’s overall theme. In the coming weeks, the German Research Foundation will invite interested researchers nationwide to submit suitable sub-projects.

In terms of content, the program asks which role liquids play in a variety of production processes. Because the operating points of fluids in production processes are often difficult to access and – as a consequence – it is not possible to observe complex fluid-structure interaction directly, the program aims to model and simulate these processes. In so doing, researchers will gain fundamental insights and build on them to optimize parameters, for example minimization of fluid quantities or targeted feed.

Alongside Professor Dirk Biermann, Institute of Machining Technology at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of TU Dortmund University, and Professor Stefan Turek, expert in the field of numerical flow simulation at the Faculty of Mathematics of TU Dortmund University, further eminent scientists are members of the program’s steering committee: Professor Wolfgang Schröder from RWTH Aachen University, Professor Udo Fritsching from the University of Bremen and Professor Peter Eberhard from the University of Stuttgart.

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To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

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The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

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