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15 February 2012 | PR 12/30

Loughborough University celebrates launch of new International Institute for Cavitation Research

Loughborough University recently celebrated the launch of a new £1.3 million International Institute for Cavitation Research.

The institute has been funded by The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (The LRET) and is a partnership between City University London, Loughborough and the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.  It brings together a world class team of experts to help understand the fundamentals of cavitation and seek ways to control it.

Cavitation is the formation of vapour bubbles in a flowing liquid in a region where the pressure of the liquid falls below its vaporisation level. Understanding cavitation and the subsequent bubble collapse, leading to the erosion of surfaces, has been a major technical challenge in engineering for many years and more recently, in medical applications.

A serious problem of cavitation is that it often leads to vibration and damage in critical components, for example in bearings, engine fuel injectors, marine propellers and rudders, pumps and turbines, and even human heart valves. However, it can also have some positive benefits if controlled, for example in fluid mixing and medical applications such as the destruction of kidney stones.

Professor Colin Garner, who leads Loughborough’s involvement in the institute, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this pioneering research group.  We have brought a unique team together that includes experts in fluid modelling, laser measurement and dynamics, and we hope that this will lead to real breakthroughs in our understanding and control of this complex phenomenon.

“The world-wide impact could be very significant for improving machine reliability, reducing engine fuel consumption and emissions and improving medical techniques.”

The first Director of the Institute will be Professor Dinos Arcoumanis FREng, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and International) at City University London.

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Notes for editors:

  • The Loughborough cavitation research team will include: Professor Colin Garner, Perkins/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Applied Thermodynamics; Jeremy Coupland, Professor of Applied Optics; Graham Hargrave, Professor of Optical Diagnostics; Homer Rahnejat, Professor of Dynamics; Dr Stephanos Theodossiades, Reader in Dynamics; Paul King, Senior Lecturer in Dynamics; and Dr Ben Reid, Research Associate in Fluid Mechanics and Optical Diagnostics.
  • The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (The LRET) is an independent charity working to achieve advances in transportation, science, engineering and technology education, training and research worldwide for the benefit of all.  For further information visit: www.lr.org/about_us/LRET/

  • Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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