Research Activity


Development of a Novel Lidar System for the Profiling of Atmospheric Aerosols and Temperature

Project’s Code number (GSRT): Τ1ΕΔΚ-02525
Starting Date: 25/5/2018
Nominal Duration: 36 months
Overall budget: 449.180,00€
Public Contribution: 344.501,00 €
The object of the project is to develop the know-how and subsystems required for the construction of the first global lidar trading system for the simultaneous measurement of aerosols and temperature in the troposphere. Vertical temperature distribution is a parameter that determines atmospheric dynamics, cloud formation and diffusion of pollution gases, so a system that simultaneously measures aerosols and temperatures has direct commercial application to meteorology and research.


Novel seismic protection devices in all spatial directions

Project’s Code number (GSRT): Τ1ΕΔΚ-02827
Starting Date: 28/06/2018
Nominal Duration: 36 months
Overall budget: 499.038,61 €
Public Contribution: 439.238,56 €
The primary objective of the project is the design, construction and demonstration of a new generation of innovative seismic protection devices capable of overcoming the major drawbacks of current seismic protection technology. In particular, the main objectives of the proposed technology are:

  • 1) Capability of absorbing particularly low-frequency vertical vibrations.
  • 2) Low noise insulation devices (10-100Hz), with emphasis on floating floors and ceilings. It should be noted that noise is the second major source of environmental nuisance after atmospheric pollutants, while conventional passive sound insulation devices are virtually inadequate in this frequency range.
  • 3) Simple and sturdy structure, allowing simple and low cost implementation with almost minimal maintenance requirements.
The central core of the proposed technology is the construction of devices incorporating negative elastic static elements in a completely different direction in order to increase the damping capacity, while at the same time it has the ability to maintain the robustness and consequently the static adequacy of the structure at any desired level.


Design and development of a novel large scale 3D-printer for building concrete buildings and structures

Project’s Code number (GSRT): Τ1ΕΔΚ-04775
Starting Date: 28/6/2018
Nominal Project Duration: 36 months
Overall budget: 906.734,00€
Public Contribution: 730.174,45 €
The 3BUILD proposal aims in developing a novel 3-D printer able to construct buildings of any size and level of complexity using specially developed reinforced or unreinforced mortars for this application. The novelty of the proposal lies in the development of an extremely lightweight, low-cost portable cable-robotic printer, which will be deployable and expandable in order to use in limited spaces at any construction site and which will use a tailor-made, rapidly solidifying cement-based mortar (reinforced with short fibres or not) through a specially designed printing head. The industrial partners participating in the proposal are leading companies in the field of cement and mortar industry (TITAN, SIKA HELLAS) possessing both extended know-how and ability to exploit the project results by infiltrating the national and European - global market, as well as a company with experience in developing high-precision robotic machines and structures (Kos Ellas). The academic partner of the proposal is the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), participating with three laboratories from the Schools of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering, specialised in the fields of analysis and design of robotic machines, buildings and mortars respectively. The developed workplan comprises a phase for the determination of the properties and specifications of the properties and rheology of the mortar as well as the specifications of the demonstrator (building), a design phase for the tailor-made mortar in order to meet its rheological in the slurry state and physical - chemical properties in the solidified state, a design phase for the 3-D printer and its controlling software, a construction phase for the 3-D printer and finally a construction phase of half-scale models for testing and full-scale building demonstrator. The anticipated impacts include the dramatic decrease of building costs, the decrease of the associated hazards and the required infrastructures, the ability to easily build complex architectural forms and the minimisation of the disturbance during the erection/ repairing of new / existing civil engineering structures.


Ultra-thin supehydrophobic coatings for phase change heat exchange for maximum heat recovery: Corrosion protection, Dropwise condensation enhancement and high collection rate

Project’s Code number (GSRT): Τ6ΥΒΠ-00483
Starting Date:
Nominal Duration: 36 months
Overall Budget: 301.904,93 €
Public Contribution: 258.404,90 €
The ecoDROPdenser project aims to develop ulta-thin superhydrophobic coatings for the improvement of the thermodynamic yield and the protection against corrosion of surfaces used for phase change heat exchange with condensation. The usage of the condensation latent heat increases the energy performance of the boilers, but introduces additional problems mainly due to the corrosive character of the condensates; these contain H2SO4 from the SOx of the flue gases. The envisaged coatings will (i) be ultra-thin and therefore will not decrease the thermal conductivity, (ii) be deposited from the gas phase and therefore will not produce liquid waste streams, (iii) enhance the dropwise condensation over the filmwise condensation and the water collection rate and therefore will offer increased heat thransfer coefficient. The developed coatings will be evaluated thermodynamically in commercial available heat exchangers.

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