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Hydraulic Actuator for Valves in Brewery, Dairy and Pharmaceutical Industries

Objective

The overall project objective is the development of an innovative hydraulic actuator based on sterile water to operate sanitary valves with a primary application in the brewery, dairy, and pharmaceutical industries. The final product will have clear advantages to current pneumatic process machinery in these industries, both in terms of performance, food safety, and in particular with regard to energy savings. Technical barriers in the project are primarily linked to the use of water hydraulics to fulfill the requirements of hygienic systems as regards ease of cleaning, being crevice free, and not providing a source of biological or chemical contamination for the processed product; the assessment and development of materials and seal designs aimed at maximising hydrodynamic effects and minimising wear; and exploitation of the direct flow/time relation of hydraulics - as opposed to compressed air - for efficient control and surveillance of the actuator/valve system. Accordingly, project development activities are structured around tasks related to fluid engineering and the mechanical design of the actuator; sealing and coating; and sensoring and wireless RFID technology for the actuator control system.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science/dairy

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 13 500
Administrative Contact
Lone Varn Johannsen (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

BHR GROUP LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
The Fluid Engineering Centre Wharley End
MK43 OAJ Cranfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerry Mcnulty (Mr.)
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Matthias Wangenheim (Dr.)
KM RUSTFRI SKIVE AS

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 461 276
Address
Gammel Ronbjergvej 2A
7800 Skive
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Espersen (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Mendes (Prof.)
NORSISTEMAS - SISTEMAS INFORMATICOSDE GESTAO LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 125 050
Address
Rua Do Marmeleiro 16 R/c
4700 254 Braga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vitor Oliveira (Mr.)
GFD - Gesellschaft fur Dichtungstechnik mbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 198 645
Address
Hofwiesenstrasse 7
74336 Brackenheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Berthold Vogel (Mr.)
KM RUSTFRI AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 461 972
Address
Gammel Ronbjerg Vej 2 A Gl Ronbjerg
7800 Skive
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Espersen (Mr.)