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EUHIT Report Summary

Project ID: 312778
Country: Germany

Periodic Report Summary 2 - EUHIT (European High-performance Infrastructures in Turbulence)

Project Context and Objectives:
What is EuHIT?

EuHIT is a consortium that aims at integrating cutting-edge European facilities for turbulence research across national boundaries, in order to significantly advance the competitive edge of European turbulence research with special focus on providing the knowledge for technological innovation and for addressing grand societal challenges.

Current members of EuHIT include 25 research institutes and 2 industrial partners from 10 European countries. Total 14 cutting-edge turbulence research infrastructures, most of which are developed on national funds and are run by EuHIT member institutes, consist the material basis of EuHIT. A Networking Program and Joint Research Activities within EuHIT interconnect these infrastructures, together with the knowledge developed upon them.

The main components of EuHIT may be summarized briefly as:

Integration: Not only the research activities at the infrastructures, but also the training programs, the sharing of data, and the interaction with numerical modeling and theoretical analyses are all integrated under EuHIT. This facilitates access to the infrastructures and easy exchange of instruments, techniques, data, and new ideas.

Innovation: New techniques, algorithms, and next generation instruments are developed through Joint Research Activities (JRAs) to maintain the EuHIT infrastructures at the leading edge.

Dissemination: New tools and procedures are implemented to foster easy and open access to data and techniques developed from EuHIT, including the transfer of knowledge from academia to industries.

EuHIT was selected from the most recent Integrated Infrastructure Initiative call “FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2012” by European Research Commission:

INFRA-2012-1.1.20. Infrastructures for studying turbulence phenomena and applications. There is a need for detailed understanding of turbulence phenomena. A project under this topic should aim at bringing together key facilities addressing the turbulence phenomena in various areas of science and technology. A combination of modeling and experimental in situ testing is needed.

EuHIT was created as advances in key economical and societal issues facing Europe, like ground-, air- and sea-transport, energy generation and delivery, processing in chemical industries, marine biosphere management, climate change impact, atmospheric and marine pollution prediction, and carbon capture and storage processes are obstructed by the lack of understanding of turbulence. The reason lies in the fact that turbulent flows underlie all macroscopic natural and technological flows as soon as mass transport is large. In the past 10 years Europe has surpassed all other nations in research output and development of national infrastructures in turbulence research and its applications. However, due to a lack of European wide integration it has not reached its full potential for innovation in the sciences and technologies. EuHIT was thus born to overcome these limitations.

The creation of EuHIT itself represents an optimization in community actions. EuHIT changes the way turbulence research facilities operate, evolve and interact with each other and with users from academia and industry. EuHIT optimizes the research facilities for the future and is beginning to have impacts on innovation in European R&D in e.g., Energy, Environment, and Transportation.

Project Results:
EuHIT is very successful. This is best summarized by a comment of one of the Advisory Board members:

“I write to congratulate you and the members of Eu-HIT on an impressive workshop, held May 2-4, 2016, in Gottingen. I was privileged to attend in my role as Eu-HIT Advisory Board member. The technical program was outstanding and wide-ranging. The array of facilities, and the multi-national activities in them, as reported in the workshop, are outstanding. Eu-HIT has clearly assembled a world-leading suite of capabilities, as was your proposed intention. Moreover, the consortium activities have clearly developed well beyond the “sum of the parts”; I heard of a range of significant international exchanges and collaborations that have developed as a result of the consortium. In short, I observed a coherent European community of turbulence researchers, united by investigation of turbulence. I also note with pleasure that the long-term development of the CiCLOPE facility in Bologna has reached a successful conclusion and that unique datasets are now being produced to contribute to important outstanding questions in wall turbulence.
In short, I was extremely impressed with Eu-HIT and applaud you for your efforts to lead the community in an area so key to human endeavor with respect to the environment, transportation and health. I do hope that a continuation of this consortium can be sought and successfully supported. This is truly a world-leading effort.”

Let us now summarize each entity:

The Management fulfills all requirements set forth for an effective and optimal operation of EuHIT. This includes general organization, coordination of meetings, detailed preparation of reporting, approval procedures for user access, communication with the advisory board and all travel. The web interface in general and the online tools for selection, operation and reporting of the access is excellent. The financials and the reporting were well achieved and the coordinator with the help of the steering committee develops modifications due to slight shifts of funds. Regular calls to infrastructure access have been implemented. The quality control by external evaluation works flawlessly and the approval procedures by the steering committee are efficient and timely.

The Database for Turbulence Data has been realized at CINECA and rules and procedures are in place. The steering committee developed stringent rules that highly motivate the users to upload their data after the measurement campaigns are completed. The data base is continuously growing and is made more user friendly. We expect that all data from all access will be available Open Access to the turbulence community after an initial time period. Measures are being taken to ensure the life of the TurBase also after EuHIT.

The Access Facilities are well used. Two facilities are now completed and first user access has been granted. Two facilities have no access (ICTP and FAU) and some others are oversubscribed. ICTP is a very small facility and it is unclear whether it will receive any use. RIMT (FAU) has become available now and access is possible.

The Research and Development projects are fulfilling and exceeding the deliverables and milestones originally agreed. The few milestones and deliverables not reached do not endanger EuHIT at all.

The Outreach and School was increased with advertisement of the infrastructures to potential users in academia and industry. Videos presenting each Access Facility have been made and are very effective in acquiring new users. EuHIT has relocated some of the funds for a EuHIT School for young researcher in Warsaw in 2016.

Potential Impact:
EuHIT has been created to significantly advance the competitive edge of European turbulence research with special focus on providing the knowledge for technological innovation and for addressing grand societal challenges. To achieve these, it has following objectives.

1. To increase the relevance of world-class turbulence research infrastructures across Europe and to enable groundbreaking research and innovation. EuHIT fosters access for researchers from academia and industry, and brings the research infrastructures to the attention of users.

2. To provide free access to the knowledgebase for turbulence data; ensure stable and higher quality service; provide knowledge support, optimal data use, download, and upload capabilities, ensure editorial process of the knowledge-base.

3. To provide a networking structure fostering a culture of co-operation through science management, communication tools, dissemination of knowledge, good practice, training, human resource development and to provide harmonized and enhanced interfaces.

4. To innovate in enabling technologies and thorough integration, to partner with industry in instrument development, to attract industry to the research infrastructures and the turbulence database, to ensure advice by innovation leaders and to connect to leading industries.

5. Enable the evaluation of data quality, to innovate instrumentation for the joint use at the research infrastructures, also portable to general R&D, to implement controlled turbulence generation, to develop a quality assessment for data and models, to enable instrumentation, and to open new directions in turbulence research and use of turbulence.

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