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Programme management

We work through regional, national and European public sector funding bodies to develop research programmes that will have a major impact on the competitiveness of supply chains in different sectors. We do this by creating, negotiating, managing and delivering technically complex projects involving multidisciplinary teams and multinational partners.

Programme Name



Improving Tribology by Applying Nano-Coatings to Rubber-like Materials



To integrate nano-technology and nano-coatings to tailor and extend the performance and functionality of rubber-like materials in sliding/sealing systems.  BHR Group’s elastomeric sealing knowhow and models of sliding friction at the nano scale were used to evaluate the wear resistance performance of HVOF coatings on aircraft landing gear.  The company performed reciprocating sliding tests to evaluate endurance and validate models. 



To develop a microfluidic device for online detection of water borne biohazards.  BHR Group’s CFD, microfluidics and diffusion knowhow were used to develop a microfluids device for conditioning the flow of fluids over a variety of detection devices. 




To formulate Nanoparticles in Lubricants to Reduce Friction and Wear – specifically the incorporation of Inorganic Fullerene (IF) nanoparticles into additive lubricant packages to improve performance, reduce friction and wear under extreme pressure applications.  BHR Group used its expertise in the incorporation and suspension of nanoparticles to scale-up processing, and knowhow on nanotribology in high loading environments to evaluate friction reduction and performance enhancement in car crankcases. 

Advanced self cleaning ultra filtration membranes for waste streams 

To develop an innovative filtration technology for industrial wastewater purification.  Specifically, the CERAMPOL project aims to reduce the amount of pollutants such as heavy metals and dangerous organics released into European water supplies.  Also to allow production of cleaner water with significant lower costs and energy requirements. BHR Group is leading one of the Work Packages in the consortium, modelling fluid flow though the membranes.

To develop a flexible design for a multipurpose ocean based platform which will generate hydrogen fuel from renewable sources (wave and wind) and include facilities for freshwater production and aquaculture (fish, shellfish and alga cultivation).  The unit uses a high flow water based power take-off system with a novel hydropower turbine powered by wave energy converters. BHR Group is providing technical and scientific staff as well as leading one of the Work Packages.

Demonstration of novel power saving valve actuator



Development of novel energy efficient water-hydraulic actuators for hygiene applications. BHR Group has used its fluid power and sealing knowhow to design, build and endurance test a patented self flushing hydraulic actuator for a sanitary valve which reduces energy requirements by up to 70%. Initially targeted at the brewing sector, the design will integrate the valve with wireless communications, cost engineered and scaled-up for long term site tests.


Novel advanced power take off for wave generation device



Development of an environmentally friendly Power Take-off System for Wave Energy Converters. BHR Group undertook the hydraulic design and tests of a novel water-hydraulic power take-off system that employs a lightweight elastomeric structure, prior to its installation and sea trials on a 5kW prototype WEC platform.