The Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory (APTL) of CERTH/CPERI was established in 1996, with the objective to conduct basic and applied research as well as to develop new technological products relying on the understanding of the science of fine particles and their suspensions in various media. The Laboratory’s growth and development strategy has been based on well acknowledged market needs, offering solutions in many Environmental/Health, Energy and Materials/Process Industries related issues. The exploitation of computational technology has had a central role in the R&D work at APTL since its establishment, both in the design/analysis of experimental work as well as in the transfer of scientific results to the industry.
The Fluent code came into use at APTL in 1998 and the SimTec team has supported us throughout our evolution as users of this CFD platform, from early exploratory steps up to advanced use of User Defined Functions for the coupling of our in-house aerosol dynamics and filtration media models. It has been a great benefit to have this enduring support available in our home city of Thessaloniki and a pleasure to have collaborated with SimTec Ltd. in the hosting of the Southeastern Europe Fluent UGM 2002. In spite of accumulated experience, for the future APTL continues to look forward to support from SimTec Ltd for maintaining a state-of-the-art and cost-effective tool set within the very dynamic CFD landscape.