MODCLIM project and ESGI 112 workshop

On September 7-11, 2015 a one-week problem solving workshop took place in Lappeenranta, Finland in conjunction with ESGI 112 workshop. The topic of the event was mathematical and computational projects coming from industry. This Modelling Clinic was carried out using the Mathematical Study Group format ( The audience was presented 7 problems of industrial mathematics. Four of the problems were coming from or inspired by the MODCLIM Training school items. Additional 3 problems came from industrial companies in Finland and Russia.

The workshop ESGI 112/MODCLIM brought together an audience from various origins and about 13 countries. The participants were mathematicians and doctoral students of applied mathematics and engineering who are interested in research questions coming from applications in industry and applied sciences. We had about 40 academic guests, professors and doctoral students, coming from 9 European countries and from universities in Russia, Balkans, Tanzania, India and Algeria.

The problems represented challenges of technical development in various areas: Eye pressure measurement, efficiency calculation of a solar farm, biological water purification system, heat transfer in cooling of crystallic material, performance of a solar cell, load monitoring in deep sea oil-drilling.

ESGI workshops of Industrial mathematics have been organized in various parts of the world for many years. LUT has organized three similar workshops in collaboration with St Petersburg State Polytechnic University. This time the event was bigger because of additional partners from the European project MODCLIM.

MODCLIM (Modelling Clinic of Industrial Mathematics) is a project funded by ErasmusPlus Strategic Partnership program. Coordinated by University of Las Palmas and has partners from ULPGC, Barcelona, Lisbon, Catania, Koblenz, DTU/Denmark, Wroclaw, Bristol and Lappeenranta. MODCLIM is a research training program consisting of three parts

  1. Research training school of 2 weeks, where 4 compact courses are given, each concentrating on a specific area of applied mathematics and where the emphasis is or the link between mathematical and computational methods and real world applications.
  1. Online project assignment which will be carried out as group work using internet, skype etc .
  1. A problem solving workshop (Modelling Clinic, Study Group) of 1 week where a number of real problems of industrial mathematics are presented and MODCLIM students are working in teams on the given problems.

MODCLIM students were assumed to participate in all three activities. A student who is successfully passing the training (all 3 parts) is able to earn up to 10 ects points as academic credit.

The ESGI problems and presenters are listed below.

1. How to measure the intra-ocular pressure (diagnostic of human eye). Dr. Lukasz Plociniczak – Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland)

2. Thrusters with additional stators (design in ship building).   Patric Rautaheimo, Elomatic Oy.

3. Solar farm modeling (renewable energy technology).    Dr. Felipe Diaz – University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain)

4. Detection and compensation of Vortex Induced Vibrations (deep sea drilling).    Dr. Alexander Ulanov, FMC Technologies, Saint Petersburg

5. Non-aerobic water purification reactor (environmental engineering). Dr. Tuomo Kauranne – Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)

6. Performance of a pn-junction in a solar cell (photovoltaic component design).   Dr. Massimo Camarda – Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI, Switzerland)

7. Mathematical modeling of displacements and thermal stresses in anisotropic materials in cooling (control in crystal growth).    Dr. Jari Järvinen – Silicom Ltd.

Two of the problem presentations were delivered remotely via online means. More info about the event and the problem descriptions are available at the websites:

Matti Heiliö

Lappeenranta University of Technology

Below are some pictures:


Problem presentations on Monday morning


ECMI colleagues at MODCLIM project meeting


Cooling off in Lake Saimaa


Part of the group on the last day

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