In the spirit of giving and goodwill KSB pumps recently helped the University of Pretoria to construct a large controlled-temperature test unit, which will form the backbone of ongoing research at the university.

The impressive unit, which is designed to assist with research into heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics, will allow students to plug directly into hot, moderate or chilled liquids to use on research projects and will shave approximately 50% off students’ overall project build-up time thereby allowing more time to carry out actual research.

In addition, it is also expected to save considerable costs in future. Chairman of the School of Engineering and Head of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Professor Josua Meyer, says the multi-million Rand project was part-funded by the University, with donations from industrial companies like KSB Pumps and Valves for funding, equipment and construction of the system.

Numerous projects already underway

With the system up and running, Professor Meyer notes that the project is already proving to be a great success with numerous research projects already plugged-in.

“We are thankful for the ongoing support of companies to the cause of our students and the University. Considering heat transfer is a fundamental subject for all under graduate engineering studies and that the University of Pretoria produces between a quarter and a third of the country’s engineers, we believe that this kind of support is essential and be viewed as a strategic investment in engineering for all of South Africa to reap the rewards.”

A strategic investment in future engineers

KSB Pumps and Valves external sales representative, Dylan Mitchell, says the company is always ready to assist educational institutions.

“Wherever technical assistance was required we were happy to weigh-in with our expertise, but must commend the University, consulting engineers and the contractors who worked tirelessly to deliver a world-class installation.

“As a result, we are proud to be associated with this prestigious project which lends itself to assisting future engineers to change the face of tomorrow,” he concludes.

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