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The HeatSculptor project aims to develop a new surface engineering process; Surfi-Sculpt®, for heat exchangers, in conjunction with state-of-the-art thermal modelling and interface software. Combining these technologies will allow significant design changes to enable the production of heat exchangers with increased efficiency and functionality that are cost competitive for a variety of applications.

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The project is advancing, September 2015, with significant progress made. The concept and progress so far is illustrated in the following project video – click here

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 606172. The programme helps SME’s outsource research, increase their research efforts, extend their networks, better exploit research results and acquire technological know how, bridging the gap between research and innovation.

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The project brings together expertise from five European countries, via companies that would otherwise be unable to collaborate due to resource and knowledge application issues.

  • Cooltech S.r.l – (CT) – Small or Medium sized Enterprise Partner based in Italy
  • WLB Ltd. – (WLB) – Small or Medium sized Enterprise Partner based in Cyprus
  • Aquasium Technology Ltd. – (AQ) – Small or Medium sized Enterprise Partner based in the UK
  • DTK Electronics Ltd. – (DTK) – Small or Medium sized Enterprise Partner based in Bulgaria
  • TWI Ltd. – (TWI) – Research and Technology Development Partner based in the UK
  • Cenaero – (CEN) – Research and Technology Development Partner based in Belgium

Proposal

By combining a new surface engineering process with state-of-the-art thermal modeling, significant design and performance improvements to heat exchangers can be made. The surface designs created will not only provide an increase in surface area (allowing for smaller size heat exchanger packaging), but also enable ‘designed’ flow over a surface (which will enhance its heat transfer potential). These benefits will place the consortium of SMEs in a position to compete against competition from countries with cheaper labour overheads and the potential for charging a price premium for specialised systems, increasing their profitability and generating value in the EU economy.

Surfi-Sculpt is a registered trademark of TWI Ltd.