Network Achievements

Newsletter n°1 August 2003

Newsletter n°2 June 2004

Newsletter n°3 August 2005

Due to the support obtained from EC and the activities of PivNet 1 a remarkable cooperation on the application of PIV started on a European level, mainly between partners of EREA, wind tunnels, industry, and leading PIV groups of universities. Therefore, in contrast to other measurement techniques and to elsewhere in the world, PIV could be brought out of the laboratory into application in European industrial facilities within a very few years. In the meantime the robustness and accuracy of the PIV technique for investigations in aeronautical wind tunnels has been successfully demonstrated in a number of GROWTH projects, such as EUROPIV, WAVENC, EUROWAKE, APIAN, and HELIFLOW for generic studies of vortices, propeller and rotor flows, and high lift configurations.

Specialized workshops for industrial end users and presentations of the PIV technique in industrial test facilities have been successful in PivNet 1 and have received a great attention. On average 60 participants attended each of the workshops/presentations performed within the first Thematic Network. The workshops and presentations were concerned with:

This proceeding will be continued, but on a higher level of complexity of applications in the field of aeronautics. By this means decision makers in European aeronautical industry can assess and decide whether they will utilize PIV technique for their future projects in transonic flows, catapult tunnel, icing tunnel, water towing tank, turbomachinery, for validation of numerical calculations etc.

The knowledge base compiled from the expertise of leading European PIV teams is available to PivNet partners in the first place, but shall also be forthcoming to the public with some delay. As PIV systems for use in aerodynamics have been developed to a quite mature state this expertise will be used to open applications of PIV to specialized areas in aeronautics or outside aeronautics, such as transport, marine technologies, environmental and medical aspects. Thus, the risk involved with the purchase or development and adaptation of a suitable PIV system in all these applications is minimized and reliable performances of PIV applications can be expected right from the beginning.

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