Review of the 4th network meeting on 5th November 2019

The 4th network meeting of the ZIM network CleanRiverSolutions took place on 5. November 2019 at the network partner Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF In the Virtual Development and Training Center directly at the river Elbe, more than two dozen guests followed the news from the ZIM network as well as the interesting presentations of the partners.

Dr. Wolfgang Scheibner from the textile Research Institute Thuringia-Vogtland (TITV) gave exciting insights into the work of the institute and its possible applications for the fields of action of our network. In a lively discussion, topics for possible cooperation for interdisciplinary projects have already been discussed, which will be specified in the coming weeks.

Subsequently, Prof. Michael Scheffler from the Institute for Material and Fusion Technology (IWF)of the University of Magdeburg gave a lecture and provided insights into the research topics in the field of carbon nanotubes at his institute. These materials will be used in many different products and processes in the future so that topics for cooperation were again identified.

A joint presentation was given by Dr.-Ing. Kristin Kerst (Technical University Dresden – Institute for Urban and Industrial Water Management) and by Hendrik Otto (Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg,Institute of Logistics and Material Flow Technology (ILM)) for the simulation of particle-laden flows. The findings from this research may in the future perhaps be able to better predict material transport, for example of impurities in pipes or waterways, and thus determine favorable positions for filter technology or similar.

A further presentation was given by Mr. Michael Dietz of XGE1 UG. Mr Dietz undertook a trip to Vietnam in preparation of a project application. At the site, he discussed with representatives of the economy, science, politics as well as residents of heavily polluted waters about the possibilities of changing behavior patterns in waste disposal. In a city like Ho-Chi-Minh-City, for example, only available in 2 of 11 city districts.
The last network meeting in 2019 thus ended with some new project ideas and impressions on the need for further research approaches in the field of developing systems to reduce waste in water bodies.