The project has achieved significant goals:
Produced important results of direct industrial benefit from collaborative activity on some of the urgent research needs.
Established a network of most of the competent people working in the field, and enabled younger researchers to benefit from expertise at other institutes.
Formulated a new basis for the State of the Art in silo research.
Achieved an agreed consensus on the priorities for future research activity.
CA-Silo has achieved greater harmonisation of silo work, and hence better understanding of some of the fundamental technical problems facing industries in the member states. It is important to retain the momentum established by CA-Silo. Continued information exchange and informal collaborations will continue, but the most effective collaborations will ensue from fully funded collaborative research work. In this respect, CA-Silo has demonstrated need, and the ability for researchers to form appropriate teams.
In conclusion, CA-Silo has achieved its objectives. It has co-ordinated existing understandings, generated new knowledge, and has developed collaborating groups of researchers who have and will continue to work towards common goals in solving industrial silo problems.
This application is for support for the co-ordination of silo research in Europe. Research is currently being carried out in many countries to prevent in-service problems with silos. Silo problems include poor flow characteristics and structural failures. They result in expensive disruptions to industrial processes and can be a hazard to safety in the work place. Existing silo studies have been carried out by researchers from different scientific fields and although some advances have been made there has been insufficient communication between researchers and this has slowed progress.
This proposal describes the most common types of silo failures and quantifies the resulting cost of disruption to European industry. It includes a discussion of the current European research projects and the benefits resulting from their co-ordination. The procedures for co-ordination are detailed. The project will be directed by a Steering Group consisting of approximately eight experts, at least one from each of the technical fields working in silos. All the participants will meet at three meetings, one early in the project, one after two years of co-ordination and one after four years. In addition, technical meetings will be held between groups working in similar fields.