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Cavitation research receives huge funding boost

City University London is pleased to announce the establishment of the first ever International Institute for Cavitation Research.
by Sarah Birdsall

The research and the institute itself will be based at City and the University will work in partnership with Loughborough University, UK, and the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.

This Institute has been made possible by a generous donation of £1.3 million from The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (The LRET).

City University London's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dinos Arcoumanis will be the Institute's director and will lead the steering group of senior academics from all three partner universities and work with an international advisory committee.

Professor Arcoumanis commented: "We are immensely grateful to The LRET for their donation. The funding will allow the team to research a unified theory of cavitation able to address several new applications of benefit to today's society".

Michael Franklin, Director of The LRET added: "One of our main aims is to fund fundamental research in technical disciplines at Centres of Excellence around the globe, all for the public benefit. To date, we are working with over 25 such centres. The City/Loughborough/Delft consortium is a powerful partnership in the crucial area of cavitation research. Our expectations are high and we look forward to the results to be achieved over the next four years".

Cavitation is the formation of vapour bubbles in a flowing liquid in regions where the liquid pressure falls below its vapour pressure. Understanding the generally undesirable implications of bubble collapse has been a major technical challenge in both engineering and medicine.

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