WINERCOST Chair Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lambis Baniotopoulos visited the period 14-26.05.17 one of the top Chinese Universities, the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. During his stay in Shanghai, Prof. Baniotopoulos was hosted by the Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Civil Engineering, SJTU and had the opportunity to visit the Structural Engineering Lab, the Towing Tank Lab, the Deep Water Lab and the Wind Tunnel there. The seminars he delivered to the Structural Engineering staff at the SJTU concerned the use of High Strength Steel for Long and Tall Structures; he also presented the plethora of the research outcomes from the WINERCOST COST Action 1304. Synergies in the framework of research and educational collaborations on WINERCOST topics for the near future have been investigated, whereas it was agreed the forthcoming 3rd CESARE’19 Conference on “Sustainability and Resilience of Urban Infrastructures” (chaired by Profs L. Baniotopoulos, K.M. Abdalla and J. Yang (photo)) to be organised by the Jiao Tong colleagues in Shanghai the spring of 2019.
An important scientific event, the International Conference “Coordinating Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience” CESARE’17 co-organized by the Jordan University of Science and Technology, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the University of Birmingham took place in Dead Sea in Jordan 3-8 of May 2017. The CESARE’17 Conference was chaired by Professors C. Baniotopoulos (UoB & AUTH), K.M.Abdalla (JUST) and Y. Qawasmi (JUST). More than 70 participants jointed the thriving sessions and participated to the fruitful discussions offering a rich bunch of ideas and propositions on the coordination of sustainability and resilience towards the enhancement of the future smart cities.
During the 4 days of the CESARE’17 Conference, the most recent relevant results were presented and key issues concerning the coordination of Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience in modern and future built environment, constructions and infrastructure were discussed. In the opening session, the Minister of Public Works of Jordan Ing. S. Halasah, the Greek Ambassador in Jordan Mr. V. Bornovas, the President of JUST Prof. O. Aljarah, the President of Ajlun University Prof. A. Nuseirat and the Vice-Rector of the Technical University of Crete Prof. G. Stavroulakis were present among other prominent colleagues. In addition, the WINERCOST platform related to the wind energy technology reconsideration to enhance the concept of smart cities was in details discussed. In particular, a cohort of Early Stage Researchers-Marie Curie Fellows from the H2020 AEOLUS4FUTURE International Training Network participated, presented the latest research results and discussed in depth sustainability and resilience issues related to wind energy in the built fabric. During the days of the CESARE’17 Conference the participants visited certain historical places of unique importance as are Petra, the Baptism, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Umm Quais (Gadara), as well as Amman and Irbid.
It was decided, the next CESARE Conference to have the title CESARE’19 “Sustainability and Resilience of Urban Infrastructures” and to be organised the spring of 2019 by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Prof. Dr. Jian Yang) in Shanghai.
The 3rd WINERCOST took place at the University of Naples the week 23-28.04.2017 in the framework of COST Action TU1304 WINERCOST “Wind energy reconsideration to enhance the concept of smart cities”. Topics on flow simulations and measurements for wind-energy harvesting and good practice cases of small wind technology projects have been presented, whereas building integration, societal acceptance and related topics were discussed. In particular, Early Carrier Investigators had the chance to work on 2 different projects related to the acceptance of wind energy harvesting projects by local municipalities and the society.
In particular, the Training School was a balanced mixture of lectures, tutorials and hands-on activities. The lectures covered the fundamental aspects of wind energy including wind speed statistics, turbulent flow in the urban environment, CFD and wind tunnel simulation, structural analysis of bearing elements, sustainability, building integration and societal acceptance. The previous topics particularly included an introduction to CFD and wind tunnel testing with some information on wind generation mechanisms and wind speed statistics, the atmospheric boundary layer and wind turbulence characteristics, the structural response of wind turbine towers under wind and earthquake excitation, the design of the steel tubular towers against buckling, the wind-wave-structure interaction in offshore wind turbines, the sustainability aspects of structures for wind towers and the impact on the built environment and Societal Acceptance. This way this workshop provided an opportunity for the trainees to participate in the assessment of indicators that support the strategic frameworks for built environment considerations and societal acceptance. Last but not least, an elaborately planned technical and cultural guided tour around Naples was organised to provide trainees with additional technical and cultural experiences.
The Training School was led by experts in the fields of wind energy. The lecturers in alphabetical order were: Dr. A. Avossa (University of Napoli “Federico II”, Italy), Prof. C. Baniotopoulos (University of Birmingham, UK), Dr. R. P. Borg (University of Malta, Malta), Dr. N. Hamza (University of Newcastle, United Kingdom), Dr. H. Hemida (University of Birmingham, UK), Prof. R. Hoeffer (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany), Prof. A. Mandara (University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy), Dr. E. Marino (University of Florence, Italy), Dr. L. Pagnini (University of Genova, Italy) and Prof. F. Ricciardelli (University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy).