IADC bestowed the Young Author Award 2022 to Suman Sapkota, Research, Development and Innovation Engineer at Damen Dredging Equipment.
The Young Author Award is given annually to “stimulate the promotion of new ideas and encourage younger men and women in the dredging industry”.
The award is granted at industry-leading conferences, with 2022’s winning young author selected from the proceedings of the WODCONXXIII, held from 16 – 20 May 2022 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Suman Sapkota was selected as the Young Author Award winner for his contribution to the paper “Erosion estimation on the impeller blades of centrifugal dredge pumps”.
The focus of the paper is on developing, validating, and demonstrating a numerical model capable of estimating the erosion wear due to slurry flow on the impeller blades of a centrifugal dredge pump by using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
“The jury was of the opinion that the winning entry provides added value to the developments within the dredging industry,” said Rene Kolman, Secretary General of IADC. “It is a relevant topic and the entry represents solid research, backed up with good references and self-explanatory illustrations. Building knowledge and optimising techniques is something we have to do. But also something we must continue to invest in.”