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Hydraulic Actuator for Valves in Brewery, Dairy and Pharmaceutical Industries

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.

Coordinator

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Address

Fredrik Bajers Vej 5
9220 Aalborg

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 13 500

Administrative Contact

Lone Varn Johannsen (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

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BHR GROUP LIMITED

United Kingdom

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

KM RUSTFRI SKIVE AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 461 276

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

Portugal

NORSISTEMAS - SISTEMAS INFORMATICOSDE GESTAO LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 125 050

GFD - Gesellschaft fur Dichtungstechnik mbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 198 645

KM Rustfri A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 461 972

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 222313

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2008

  • End date

    31 January 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 707 077,33

  • EU contribution

    € 1 260 443

Coordinated by:

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark