European Researchers Night

SMaRT will participate in the European Researchers Night in Turin, Italy on 27th September 2019.

We will be discussing the innovative training programme and the main results of our Early Stage Researchers.

The event is organised by Università degli Studi di Torino, Politecnico di Torino, Città metropolitana and Città di Torino, in partnership with Compagnia di San Paolo and Sistema Scienza Piemonte.

For more information about the event visit the following web-page.

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Article on SMaRT project has been published in Railway Gazette International

An article about SMaRT has been published in the July issue of Railway Gazette International, the leading business journal for the global rail industry.  The article is dealing with how is SMaRT bringing together academics and suppliers to develop innovative sand mitigation measures based on the latest understanding of fluid mechanics, wind engineering and geomorphology. Particularly, the general procedure in terms of the work-packages (WP1, WP2 and WP3) is introduced that can guide railway developers, engineers, contractors, and operators towards the technical solutions most suited for each line and its specific environmental conditions.

We would like to thank the Journal for the opportunity to disseminate the research activities of the project. The full article can be accessed on the Railway Gazette International web-page.

SMaRT at Middle East Rail 2019

SMaRT exhibited at the Middle East Rail expo held at the World Trade Centre, Dubai, 26-27th February 2019. MER is the largest Rail Conference & Exhibition across the Middle East, North Africa, Indian Subcontinent & Central Asia that brings together professionals from railway design, engineering, construction, and maintenance. The SMaRT stand attracted plenty of fellow railway industry professionals to discuss sand mitigation and resilience   Sand mitigation is a significant issue affecting desert railways and the SMaRT Team identified the expo as an excellent opportunity to engage with railway industry professionals. Thank you to our industrial partners Salcef, Ansaldo and Astaldi for their support! And thank you to everyone who visited the SMaRT stand.

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SMaRT participates @ Skills For The Future (Turin – Italy)

The SMaRT project is invited to the conference Skills for the Future: Managing transition in Turin, 21-22 November, 2018

Skills4Future is organized by the European Training Foundation, the EU Agency in charge of developing training and education in the EU neighbouring countries.

SMaRT key people will present the innovative training programme followed by the Early Stage Researchers.

For a video with the details about the MSCA projects presented at Experience Path of the Skills For The Future conference, one of them being SMaRT, visit the following link.

For even more details about the conference visit the event website.

Secondment at the Politecnico di Torino

SMaRT ESRs at Castello del Valentino. From left to right: Marko Horvat (ESR1, Politecnico di Torino), Ciaran Nash (ESR3, University of Oxford), and Roberto Nuca (ESR2, Optiflow Company)

The SMaRT ESRs have spent 3 months together at Politecnico di Torino. Support and availability by professors Luca Bruno and Luigi Preziosi have enabled ESRs to follow specially prepared courses on mathematical and numerical aspects of sand transport:

  1. Computational wind engineering;
  2. Mechanics of porous media.

During the period, ESRs have also followed a summer school “Understanding the Middle East”at Università di Torino in order to learn more about the culture of potential future clients.

SMaRT network meeting at Politecnico di Torino

The second SMaRT network meeting took place on

Tuesday 12th June 2018 (09h00 – 17h00)
at Politecnico di Torino,
Viale Mattioli, 39, 10125 Turin, Italy

The event was participated by all the beneficiaries  of the SMaRT consortium. Download the programme of the meeting.

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Secondment at the University of Oxford

Members of the SMaRT project at Brasenose College. From left to right: Ciaran Nash (ESR3, University of Oxford), Giles Wiggs (University of Oxford), Marko Horvat (ESR1, Politecnico di Torino) and Roberto Nuca (ESR2, Optiflow Company)

The SMaRT ESRs have spent 3 months at the University of Oxford. Thanks to the valuable support provided by Giles Wiggs and University staff, ESRs were able to deepen the knowledge about aeolian and geomorphological processes involved in the flow interactions of wind and sand. Besides the lectures on aeolian and fluvial processes (given from 16th January to 6th March), ESRs were able to follow “Sandscape” Seminars given by world’s finest experts in the area.

List of the Sandscape Seminars:
1. 1st February, “The Holocene sandscapes of the United Arab Emirates” by prof Adrian Parker from Oxford Brookes University;
2. 8th February, “New approaches to understanding dust sources processes: recent results from the Chihuahuan Desert” by Dr Rob Bryant from University of Sheffield;
3. 22nd February, “Lunette dunes of the Australian desert margins: new perspectives on hydrology and climate” by Dr Kathryn Fitzsimmons from Max Planck Institute, Germany;
4. 8th March, “It’s turbulent: new directions on sand transport by the wind” by Prof Andreas Baas from King’s College London.