Purpose and focus of SIG5
Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFM) traditionally focuses on physical and biogeochemical processes involved with mixing and dispersion in the atmosphere, coastal areas, water reservoirs and rivers. EFM represents a challenging discipline, because it involves deep knowledge of fundamental physical processes that have to be applied at large scales. In EFM, development of numerical algorithms and numerical methodologies are required to model the challenging interactions between different phases and fields, and apply this theoretical knowledge to real-life problems.
In connection with climate change, a particularly strong interest emerged in sustainable energy conversion from wind, waves and tidal currents. The environmental impact of such systems can be maintained small provided that an accurate design is carried out – this puts EFM as a key discipline in a timely context. The recent development of innovative design procedures for offshore wind turbine, wave energy converters and tidal turbines opened new prospects for marine energy conversion, especially when considering the massive energy production of offshore wind power plants or the advantageous use of wave energy converters or tidal turbines for feeding remote islands with sustainable energy. Apart from energy harvesting on short term, also the prediction of long-term environmental impact of such infrastructure is gaining momentum – this will be a new item of interest to EFM, e.g., considering the changes in sediment migration due to the placement of large off-shore wind farms.
The process of optimal design nowadays also accounts for the underwater radiated noise. In this sense, EFM recently extended to incorporate environmental hydroacoustic, given the growing acoustic impact from offshore structures, wind farms and turbokinetic turbines. A key priority research topic in EFM is the dispersion of microplastics, which is of central importance in the European 2030 Agenda.
The main scope of SIG5 is to bring together scientists and practitioners participating within the EFM network to help understand, mitigate and solve environmental fluid mechanics problems and develop ideas in a European environment.
The following topics will be of interest to SIG5:
Best Practice Guidance Course CFD for Dispersed Multi-Phase Flows 2021 w ith Problem Shooting Session 4th - 5th October 2021 ERCOFTAC PC Italy : Sapienza Università di Roma Faculty of Civil and Industrial Engineerin4 Oct 2021
ERCOFTAC Best Practice Guidelines Course CFD for Dispersed Multi-Phase Flows 2020 with Problem Shooting Session POSTPONED until 2021 !!! 5th - 6th October 2020 hosted by ERCOFTAC PC Italy (prior to the ERCOFTAC Autumn Festival ) Sapienza Università di Roma, Faculty of5 Oct 2020
Spotlight on the women in ERCOFTAC - Dr Marta Cianferra This new series kicks off with an interview with Dr Marta Cianferra, Università degli Studi di Trieste. Marta is a Co-ordinator of SIG5 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics - along with Dr Anouk Bomers. What is your academic background?13 May 2022
Dr Anouk Bomers , University of Twente, and Dr Marta Cianferra, University of Trieste are new SIG5 Coordinators. Thank you very much to Prof Vincenzo Armenio , University of Trieste, who pass on his duties, for his involvement and input in developing SIG5. We wish the SIG5 team all the best12 Jul 2021