Over £700,000 of funding will help the University of Hull secure three state-of-the-art pieces of equipment to improve our understanding of water flows.
The new technology, made possible by significant funding from the Natural Environment Research Council’s 2020 Capital Call, will help experts to address key challenges in water flows.
Applications include the flow of water filled with sediments, how pollutants like microplastics are dispersed by rivers and oceans, and the impact of tides and waves on wind turbine towers.
The successful bid for the equipment was led by the University’s Energy & Environment Institute.
Dr Robert Dorrell, Project Lead, said: “The flow of fluids, and associated transport of materials, underpins many key natural and industrial processes.
“Until now much of our understanding has relied on limited computer-based simulations but this new equipment will allow us to measure these flows in unprecedented detail; this funding enables a step-change in national research capabilities.”
As well as the £720,000 NERC Capital Call funding, the project has been supported by over 30 UK university, research centre, industry and policymaker partners and a further £150,000 of investment from the University of Hull.
The equipment will be available for national use, benefitting academics and industry, either through use of University of Hull facilities or equipment loan.
Professor Dan Parsons, Project Co-Investigator and Director at the Energy and Environment Institute, said: “The University’s expertise in water, low-carbon energy and sustainable growth is renowned globally.
“This major funding will enable expansion of our nationally- and globally-leading research and reinforce our status as leaders in the area of environmental and industrial fluid dynamics.
“Our knowledge and leadership in the fields of climate change and renewable energy is a catalyst for regional economic development, and helps businesses reduce their carbon footprint and become more flood resilient too.”
Dr Rob Thomas, Project Co-Investigator, said: “In pushing the boundaries of present-day flow measurement capabilities and making this equipment available to other academics and industry, the University of Hull is supporting both UK leadership in environmental science and development and encouraging business innovation and growth.”
The new equipment at the University will enable researchers to make crucial advances in the global state-of-the-art measurements of environmental flows and fluid dynamics, from lab settings to the real world.