Environmental Hydraulics Research. Water Special Issue

Helena M Ramos, Armando Carravetta, Aonghus McNabola & Kemi Adeyeye. (2021) Environmental Hydraulics Research. In Water. Print edition of Special Issue, Switzerland, MDPI, 2021, 1 - 270pp. (ISSN 2073-4441).

This Special Issue aims to provide an international platform for the dissemination of research and engineering applications related to water and hydraulic problems. This issue welcomes papers in all topics of hydraulics, in particular, articles on sustainable water management, fluid–health issues, environmental hydraulics, ecohydraulics, water–food and energy nexus, systems efficiency. Safety and innovation issues are welcome too. Interdisciplinary problems and linkage of theory to experimental and field applications are particularly encouraged. Solutions of water problems are welcome in the form of prediction models, flow simulations, engineering systems, monitoring, management strategies covering scientific investigations and/or experimental or field studies of flow behaviour, hydrodynamics, and climate changes effects and adaptation, new design solutions, innovative approaches in the field of environment, hydraulics, techniques, methods, and analyses to address the new challenges in environmental hydraulics. 

Prof. Helena M. Ramos
Prof. Armando Carravetta
Prof. Aonghus McNabola
Dr. Kemi Adeyeye
Guest Editors

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New Challenges in Water Systems. Water Special Issue

Ramos HM, Carravetta A, McNabola A., New Challenges in Water Systems, Switzerland, MDPI, 2020, 1 - 200pp


New challenges in water systems include different approaches from analysis of failures and risk assessment to system efficiency improvements and new innovative designs. In water distribution networks (WDNs), the risk function is a measure of its vulnerability level and security loss. Analyses of transient flows which are associated with the most dangerous operating conditions, are compulsory to grant the system liability both in water quantity, quality, and management. Specific equipment, such as air valves are used in pressurized water pipes to manage the air inside associated with the filling process, that can also act as a control mechanism, where the major limitation is its reliability. Advanced tools are developed specifically to smart water grids implementation and operation. The water system efficiency and water-energy nexus, through the implementation of suitable, pressure control and energy recovery devices, and pumped-storage hydropower solutions, provide guidelines for the determination of the most technical cost-effective result. Integrated analysis of water and energy allows more reliable, flexible, and sustainable eco-design projects, reaching better resilience systems through new concepts. The development of model simulations, based on hydraulic simulators and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), conjugating with field or experimental tests, supported by advanced smart equipment, allow the control, identification, and anticipation of complex events necessary to maintain the water system security and efficiency.

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The Northern Ireland experience in Transnational Programmes

SEUPB brochureThis review by the Special EU Programmes Body provides an overview of the INTERREG VB Transnational / VC Interregional Programmes, featuring some of the many achievements which have been made within Northern Ireland.  This includes the REDAWN project.

From blue growth and green mobility, to remote area connectivity, ageing populations and migration, Interreg transnational cooperation is fostering strong partnerships where national, regional & local authorities; academia; NGOs;and private sector enterprises work together to tackle today’s complex challenges. These multi-sector alliances build on regional strengths and address real challenges facing real places and people across Europe.

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#EU in my region: 30 years of Partnership: Stories of Countries & Regions Sharing Knowledge, Ideas & Innovation

#EU in my region brochureIt is impossible to capture the full extent and impact of Interreg programmes but in these pages you can enjoy a snapshot of projects supported by the Atlantic Area Programme, Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme and Interreg Europe, including REDAWN.

More than four decades have now elapsed since Ireland joined what was then the Common Market in 1973.

Throughout that period, Ireland has been a major beneficiary of EU Cohesion funding. The Union’s Cohesion policy lies at the heart of European integration and solidarity and proves that these words have real meaning for every part of the Union. It has been one of Europe’s success stories.

Everywhere you travel in Ireland you can see the distinctive Structural Funds logo on plaques and signs, which highlights the many ways we have benefitted from Cohesion funding – from major infrastructure road and rail projects to smaller community projects, to projects aimed at helping people acquire new skills and find better jobs. All serve to underline the very real ways Ireland has benefitted from its membership of the European Union. 

But Cohesion funding has done more than that. It has enabled Ireland to take part in European Territorial Cooperation – or INTERREG - programmes with other Member States and neighbouring countries.

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Pumps as Turbines: Fundamentals and Applications

Carravetta, A;  Houreh, S.D; Ramos, H.M. Pumps as Turbines: Fundamentals and Applications, Springer, 2018.

This book provides users, pump manufactures, engineers, researchers and students with extensive information about pump’s behavior in reverse operation. It reports on cutting-edge methods for selecting the proper PAT and improving PAT’s efficiency, discusses PAT’s reliability, economic issues and environmental impact as well. The book describes in detail electromechanical equipment of PAT systems, their installation and operation, and gives important practical insight into the use of PAT in water transmission and distribution systems, as part of thermal power plants and cooling systems, in oil distribution systems and other systems as well. It reports on different types on PAT control modes as well as on numerical methods useful for PAT analysis and implementation.  All in all, the book represents a comprehensive practice-oriented reference-guide to design engineers, as well as PAT general users and manufactures. It also provides researchers with extensive technical information on the use of PAT thus fostering new discussions and ideas to improve current methods and cope with future challenges.