The National Centre for Research and Development (NCRD) has chosen the winners of its competition under Regional Scientific and Research Agendas (RSRAs) in the Smart Growth Operational Programme – 19 innovative projects for the total co-financing amount of over PLN 55 million.
Grants were awarded to 2 R&D projects submitted by Bialystok University of Technology: ‘Exhaust node technology for combustion engines of small and medium-size vessels’, a project implemented by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in cooperation with the Marine Projects LTD Sp. z o. o. firm, and ‘Sensor system in vehicles for assessing physical condition of casualties, with data transmission to eCall public safety answering points’, now developed as a result of the collaboration of the Faculty of Computer Science and the DGT Sp. z o. o. company.
Consortia made up of minimum one scientific unit (the leader) and minimum one enterprise could apply for co-financing of their projects in the competition. The grant must be used for industrial research or experimental development work related to regional smart specialisations selected on the basis of submissions from Province Marshals, as RSRAs are one of the instruments of implementing the regional smart specialisations.
According to Prof. Maciej Chorowski, Director of the National Centre for Research and Development, ‘the first RSRA competition showed that regional innovators are full of ideas, and now we need to wait for positive results of their work and for successful implementation of these results.’
PROJECT ‘Exhaust node technology for combustion engines of small and medium-size vessels’
It is a joint project of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Marine Projects LTD Sp. z o. o. firm. The project involves both experimental development work and industrial research planned for the period between January 2017 and December 2019. The grant awarded to the project amounts to PLN 5.12 million.
The main aims of the project are: manufacturing a prototype of an exhaust node with a system for the treatment of combustion gases and exhaust heat recovery as well as developing a solution for a bow thruster cooling system for small and medium-size vessels. As regards the technology of combustion gas treatment, the scientific work will concentrate on developing their own solution of a bow thruster reactor, using the mixing shock wave.
This project involves some technologies developed in the Department of Heating and Cooling Technologies of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of our University, headed by Prof. Teodor Skiepko.
Prof. Dariusz Butrymowicz, the Head of the project co-financed by the NCRD, said: ‘The essence of the project is a comprehensive elaboration of a technology allowing for an efficient recovery of waste heat from combustion engines of small vessels (i.e. big yachts, fishing and special vessels), combined with a compact reactor that would treat combustion gases; in our solution, the recovered heat is used for the propulsion of an innovative cooling system. Thus, the developed technology makes it possible not only to reduce exhaust gas emission, but also to improve the heat and power management of vessels while meeting the strict formal conditions. The Marine Projects Ltd shipyard is interested in implementing this unique solution, and that is why the joint venture was established under the project co-financed by the NCRD.’
PROJECT ‘SENSOR SYSTEM IN VEHICLES FOR ASSESSING PHYSICAL CONDITION OF CASUALTIES, WITH DATA TRANSMISSION TO ECALL EMERGENCY CENTRES’
This project is implemented by the Faculty of Computer Science under a consortium with the DGT Sp. z o. o. firm from Straszyn, Poland (Pomorskie Province), and the total amount of the grant it received is PLN 2.94 million.
The aim of the project is developing methods for assessing the physical condition of casualties, using smart sensors, and transmitting the collected data (compatible with eCall standards) to public safety answering points. During the 2-year project, industrial research and development work will be carried out, and a system of smart sensors as well as advanced algorithms for analysing the transmitted signals will be developed, in which visual, infrared, audible, and ultrasound signals are planned to be used. The designed sensor network and the developed algorithms will be installed in an on-board device. The data sent by the devices developed under the project will support the decision-making process regarding the forces and measures to be sent to the rescue action (e.g. the number of ambulances needed) in case of an emergency. This will significantly improve the efficiency of the actions taken and increase the number of rescued people.
The Head of the project, Miroslaw Omieljanowicz, PhD, Eng, from the Department of Digital Media and Computer Graphics of the BUT Faculty of Computer Science, said: ‘As a result of our industrial research and development work, we will present a device we hope to patent to be installed in vehicles. We shall combine the knowledge of biometry and ITS solutions, creating a new quality that is not found in the available or planned solutions.’