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Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Engenharia Mecânica

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Estudos de Energia Eólica e Escoamentos Atmosféricos [MECH-Norte-Porto-679] visitada em 01/04/2008

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
The group consists of 7 main PhD researchers, 1 other PhD researcher, and 3 others. It is a very strong group working on the development of CFD methods and their application to the theme of wind energy. The research productivity is excellent, with a large number of journal and conference proceedings papers, a reasonable number of PhD students graduated, and active members at the international level (organized the 11th EUROMECH European Turbulence Conference, chaired the 3 Scientific Committees of the International Conferences on High Performance Computing in Computational Sciences). The activity is well focused, but would benefit from diversification to some related applications. What is the content of the activities under the umbrella of "wind energy potential"?
The mission of this unit is to develop CFD at large, with the main application in the field of wind energy (resource characterization, site evaluation, wind and electricity production forecasting, wind farm exploitation and grid management strategies).
The collaboration of the University research group with INEGI is apparently reporting benefits to both sides. While the academic investigators are concentrating on the development of advanced CFD methods, with emphasis in atmospheric flows, INEGI is transferring innovative and state-of-the-art computational as well as experimental techniques to industry.
The unit’s activities on DNS and LES both independently and in collaboration with internationals groups are of high quality.
The license of the software VENTOS to RES- Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. (UK) is a good measure of the success of this unit both in the technology transfer to companies and in its internationalization strategy.
The funding sources of the unit are not clear. 10 to 15 % of the total funds seem to come from FCT; out of the remaining 85 to 90 % a precise separation between European Commission (EC) and industrial funding was not established. The unit seems to have been planting the seeds for future EC funded projects, such as Askervein II.
The Report of the external Review Committee, composed by three well-known scientists in the fields of CFD and atmospheric flow research, after a visit in December 2004 is very positive with respect to the unit’s basic and applied skills.
The productivity and the international relevance of this unit are both excellent. The viability of the projects is evident. The wind energy field, while relevant, might to some extent limit the unit’s horizon. It is advisable that, at least, the academic part of the work be biased towards the broader subject of atmospheric flows, and even towards the development of advanced, yet broader, CFD techniques for industrial fluid mechanics.
This evaluation panel recommends emphasizing the high-level training of PhD students on the development and application of LES to industrial and specifically to atmospheric flows. The academic training of PhD students should be also enhanced by increasing the number, finding the appropriate balance between PhD and Master students and carrying out applied tasks in collaboration with INEGI.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Centro de Estudos de Energia Eólica e Escoamentos Atmosféricos / CEsA [RG-MECH-Norte-Porto-679-1689]