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Published: 2020-10-09

Arctic knowledge and research platform presented in NyTeknik

NEWS A research project has started to build a knowledge center for icing problems where both universities, colleges and companies are contributing with knowledge. The project is a collaboration between Novia University of Applied Sciences in Vaasa, Umeå University, Luleå University of Technology, Tampere University and Vaasa University. The project is supported by Interreg Botnia Atlantica and co-financed by the Ostrobothnian Federation and Region Västerbotten.

Text: Anngelica Kristoferqvist

The technology magazine NyTeknik that covers news regarding fast-growing industries, new construction companies and products, published on Thursday an article about the Knowledge Center Nordic Icing Center of Expertise, which aims to help companies and organizations address various types of challenges in the ice formation area.

Through new knowledge we want to support the competition in our northern conditions

“The center that is created through a cross-border university collaboration is very exciting. Through new know-how, we want to encourage the competitiveness in our northern conditions. The research within the project is linked to challenges in business development, where the knowledge center has a catalytic role with ambitions to also operate outside the program area throughout the Nordic region and within the EU”, says Örjan Andersson, President of Novia, in the article.

One research challenge is to better understand the physical processes behind where and how ice is formed, since different components and different surfaces can form ice. Therefore, it is also important to understand the contact between ice cover and surface.

“It is about finding systems where risk of icing can be considered already during the production planning, and early measures can be implemented credibly and with high quality. Investment data must benefit from the work that is done, for example through the right choice of material or surface treatments, such as aerodynamic shape for wheelhouses, antenna masts or ship details", states Mats Johansson, project coordinator in computer science at Umeå University, in the article.