Training in the use of the technologies developed in the project, as part of the dissemination, are a key part in its development. Open source applications, such as OpenFOAM, improve the number of users by increasing contributions and lower maintenance costs.
Part of the expected potential impact of the project is the creation of an interdisciplinary group expert in the use and development of Open Source CFD simulation applications. The first line of training directly linked to the program is that of the members of the group themselves that arises from the collaboration, more enriching, if possible, than a stay, for its duration, because of the wide differences in the lines of both groups, and by the implicit need to acquire the training as the only means to carry out the proposed activities.
The creation of this interdisciplinary group, in which undergraduate and postgraduate teachers of multiple degrees participate, facilitates the implementation of simulation as a tool to train new graduates. Simulation allows you to observe temperature values in a heatsink, or in an oven, or the pressure and velocity values of a fluid in a pipe, or compressor, and graphically display what is theoretically studied. It is a very interesting complement to laboratory practices, because it allows to observe the phenomena studied in equipment of industrial scale whose investment and maintenance costs would be unviable, or of processes that require high safety measures, difficult to obtain in a deformation center.
Another part of the potential impact of the project is the design of a course related to the use of simulation tools. This technology is having a growing implementation, especially in the area of Chemical Engineering. Among the main sponsors of the OpenFOAM Foundation are some of the largest companies in the area of Chemical Engineering (BASF, Bayer, the Linde Group), and the scientific-technological field in general (Intel, FM Global, Evonik). A course that trains specialists in the use of OpenFOAM would improve the possibilities of graduates in the area of Engineering to position themselves in the labor market.
The consortium will carry out the relevant procedures to include courses on CFD simulation at the University’s International Doctoral School, making it easier for young researchers to explore the impact and viability of their technology in the business field, with an interesting return for the consortium itself that they can find new cases in which to test the technology.
On the other hand, the participation of Prof. Javier Marugán in the scientific committee of the European AOPs PhD School (www.aops-school.com), will enable both the participation of students and researchers of the URJC in the courses and summer schools organized by it, and the dissemination of the results of this project to researchers and students of the other European institutions participating in it.