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Industrial Applications

At the moment production costs as well as commodity prices are increasing and for different companies it is now even more important to work efficiently and cost-saving. Microstructured surfaces contribute to an increase in efficiency and a decrease in the energy input in different industries.

So far different projects in the industrial sector have been carried out. One project was the analysis of a flywheel. The result of the analysis was that there is a great potential in the use of riblets because they reduce the viscous momentum. Part of this project was also the evaluation of the ideal revolution speed where the efficiency is increased the most. Furthermore a reduction of the wall shear stress and a drag reduction of 8% were achieved through the application of riblets.

When using riblets in pumps, the possible optimization potential is identified. Through the investigation the areas where the special microstructured surfaces are applied can be identified. Drag reduction and an increase in efficiency are expected when using riblets.

In pipework systems as well as in turbines riblets contribute to drag reduction up to 8% in turbulent flows. This offers a wide range of possibilities to reduce energy consumption in different industrial processes. We are experts in the design of riblet structures and the analysis of their impact on industrial processes. On the basis of numerous successful tests in different fields of use, we are able to exactly visualize the expected impact of riblets in advance by running a 1:1 3D simulation. Through our wide-ranging know-how we are able to provide you advice with your industrial application and show you the benefits of using riblets. Additionally we offer calculations of the riblet geometries for the maximum benefit as well as a profitability analysis for the use of riblets. We gladly support you in the first tests with riblets and introduce you to the production process.

We would like to provide you with consultancy to show you the possibilities of the industrial use of riblets and which benefits and cost savings you can gain with specific regard to your company.

Bionic surfaces in industrial applications

Riblets in Industrial Plants

Riblets in turbines

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