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HTA
An Alliance to Enhance the Maritime Testing Infrastructure in the EU

The Hydro-Testing Alliance (HTA) will is an initiative that develops a formal and lasting structure to within the field of marine testing to coordinate the definition and introduction of novel measurement, observation and analysis technologies within hydrodynamic model testing environments. Coordination of development, the sharing of advanced equipment and dissemination of knowledge and guidelines will achieve a more integrated and efficient use of marine testing research capacities within Europe.

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Background

The alliance is built on the needs arising from industrial and scientific demands. The marine industry demands trustworthy and cost-effective results. As such, the initiators of HTA have constructed a network that follow a bottom-up process which matches these needs in order to meet the excellent European research needs for industry and the scientific community. HTA holds a core of 12 major European hydrodynamic research centers that have a prooven records in instrumentation and measurement system development. In additon 7 Universities that excel within the related technologies will develop jointly.

HTA has a practical objective to optimise the:

  • impact on its researchers
  • support from a largely market-driven marine testing environment.

Significant activities within HTA are structured around joint research programmes. These programmes are formed with between four and nine core members together with related university expertise to focus on structures that will enable the joint development of a given new technology.

Objectives

The objective of HTA is to facilitate lasting alliances between its key actors in order to to establish an effective and flexible infrastructure of EU marine testing research capacity. This will be catalysed through cooperations that contribute towards competitiveness and excellence in the marine industry, and ensure a continued world leadership of the European hydrodynamic testing.

Description of work

HTA has defined a number of work packages (WP). Besides the coordination, HTA includes a ‘vertical’ Work Package comprising joint research programmes and three ‘horizontal’ Work programmes addressing broader integration issues.

The joint research programmes leading towards closer integration are:

  • PIV operation in hydrodynamic experimental facilities
  • Flow data analysis and visualisation
  • 3D wave field measurements
  • POD/dynamic forces
  • Wireless data transmission
  • High-speed video recording and analysis
  • Intelligent materials and production methods
  • Wetted surface
  • Free-running model technologies

The horizontal activities are work packages to establish:

  • Measurement policies for hydrodynamic and structural testing
  • Knowledge management and communication
  • Training and dissemination

Amongst the Network, the co-operation to develop novel measurement technology will create a need to share these results. The Networks legal structures enable this and it is expected that this will lead to more excellent expertise and more efficient use of advanced equipment amongst the partners.

Results

The results from the NoE will be:

  • Lasting confidence between alliance members towards joint measurement R&D policys
  • Lasting co-operation and coordinated research driven advances in technology.
  • Strengthened competitive advantage for the EU against foreighn competition.
  • A lasting network of excellence in skills and performance
  • The faster availability of novel measurement and testing technologies towards on the marine market.

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