SmartAnswer Mid-Term review meeting, Workshop & courses

Date: Tuesday 19 February 2019 to Friday 22 February 2019

Location : KU Leuven, Thermotechnisch Instituut Kasteelpark Arenberg 41, 3001 Heverlee
Contact : Christophe Schram, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel: +32 2 359 96 15



A step change in our noise mitigation strategies is required in order to meet the environmental targets set for a number of sectors of activity affecting people through noise exposure. Besides being a hindrance to our daily life and subject to regulations, noise emission is also a competitive issue in today’s global market. To address these issues, new technologies have been emerging recently, based on radically new concepts for flow and acoustic control, such as micro-electro-mechanical devices (MEMs), meta-materials, porous treatment of airframe surfaces, airfoil leading-edge or trailing-edge serrations, micro-jets, plasma actuation, … Some of these new ideas appear nowadays promising, but it now appears to this consortium that the development and maturation of novel noise reduction technologies is hindered by three main factors. The first factor is an insufficient understanding of the physical mechanisms responsible for the alteration of the flow or acoustic fields. In absence of a phenomenological understanding, modelling and optimization can hardly be successful. Secondly, tight constraints (safety, robustness, weight, maintainability, etc.) are imposed to any novel noise mitigation strategy trying to make its way to the full-scale industrial application. Thirdly, there is an insufficient knowledge about the possibilities that are nowadays offered by new materials and new manufacturing processes. With this project, we intend to setup a research and training platform, focused on innovative flow and noise control approaches, addressing the above shortcomings. It has the following objectives: i) fostering a training-through-research network of young researchers, who will investigate promising emerging technologies and will be trained with the inter-disciplinary skills required in an innovation process, and ii) bringing in a coordinated research environment industrial stakeholders from the aeronautical, automotive, wind turbine and cooling/ventilation sectors.

Project ID: 722401
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.1. - Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 722401.


Interim review Meeting (PO, ESRs, Beneficiaries and Partners) - Seminar Room “De Groote”

Tuesday 19 February , 2019

8:30 – 9:00 Welcome coffee
9:00 – 9:15 Introduction to SmartAnswer Project – PO and C. Schram
9:15 – 9:45 Round table and presentation of the consortium (Beneficiaries and Partners) – C. Schram & J. Christophe (VKI)
9:45 – 10:45 Coordinator’s mid-term report – C. Schram & J. Christophe (VKI)
10:45 – 12:45 Poster session – Fellows’ individual report (ESR), ~ 8min/ESR
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Meeting between ESRs and PO (ESR, PO)
15:00 – 15:30 Financial review meeting (PO, Beneficiaries, Partners)
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:00 Feedback and open discussion (PO, Beneficiaries, Partners, ESRs)
19:00 Dinner

SmartAnswer Public Workshop (open to public) - Thermotechnisch Instituut

Wednesday 20 February , 2019

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome coffee
9:30 – 10:15 Overview of the SmartAnswer project - C. Schram & J. Christophe (VKI)
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00 Noise reduction through flow control (ESRs)
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:45 Acoustic control and materials (ESRs)
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 16:30 Modeling techniques (ESRs)
16:30 – 17:00 Open discussions

Course “From ideas to products: the innovation track” (ESRs, Beneficiaries and Partners) - Seminar Room “De Groote”

Thursday 21 February, 2019

9:00 – 10:15 Science and policy making (Part 1) – Mr. Gavin Costigan (
Shows how science research feeds into key policy decisions. Interactive course based around a case study, and will involve individual and group exercises. Particularly relevant to doctoral researchers wanting to engage policy makers with their research and those who would like a career in policy making.
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00 Science and policy making (Part 2) – Mr. Gavin Costigan
12:00 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:30 Business awareness (Part 1) – Dr David Baxter (University of Southampton
Strategic thinking, planning and delivery; people management; innovation & creativity; sales & marketing and customer service.
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break
14:45 – 16:00 Business awareness (Part 2) – Dr David Baxter
16:00 – 17:00 Industrial innovation – Oriol Ferret Gasch (Siemens Gamesa) – Online presentation
Industrial considerations regarding noise and innovation, socio-economical impact, integration of innovation in a design process, links to market, etc.

Friday 22 February , 2019

9:00 – 10:15 IPR (Part 1) – H. Van der Auweraer (SISW)
Legal principles of IPR including: IPR in practice, awareness of EU law in theory and practice, copyrights, trademarks, patents and designs.
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 – 12:00 IPR (Part 2) – H. Van der Auweraer (SISW)
12:00 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 14:30 An SME success story– R. Corin (SNT) (To be confirmed)

Lessons learned and feedback from a successful SME story : business development, patenting, etc.


If you wish to register, please contact Dr. julien Christophe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phone: +32 2 359 98 63)

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