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• To develop strategies and design research tools to stimulate people to act sustainably. • to bridge the knowledge of citizens and their behaviours towards the ocean through a design-based approach. • to advance in Nature-centred Design methods and develop design strategies to mitigate the human impact on nature.
FERROCLEAN is a multidisciplinary project gathering experts in material science, transport phenomena, and marine and environmental sciences that aims at developing knowledge to improve the efficiency of the magnetic cleaningup process of oil spills. This will be achieved through the following objectives: 1) provide an experimental tool for rheological characterization of magnetic fluids simultaneously undergone to an extensional flow and to the presence of a magnetic field, which intensity and orientation would be tunable; 2) perform a systematic and full rheological characterization under shear and extensional flow of different ferrofluids, i.e. size and surface chemistry of particles, carrier fluid, intensity of magnetic field and orientation; and, finally, 3) assess the relationship between efficiency of the Halbach array in water cleanup, including the decrease in chemical load and toxicity potential, with the rheological properties of the ferrofluids.