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The CAIP group was established in 1986 as the Organizing Committee for the IV Symposium on Advanced Energy Systems, held in Roma in July of that year (which gave origin to the so-called “ECOS” conferences): the original name is the acronym of “Centro Internazionale di Ricerca & Calcolo Universitario Scientifico” (International Academic Center for Scientific Research and Computation”, but in the following years the mission of the Center has grown somewhat, so that its name no longer completely represents its mission. Today’s CAIP is a rather flexible, non-profit, academy-based organization located in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Roma 1 “La Sapienza”, and its activities span a quite broad band of research topics, all in Applied Thermal and Fluids Sciences. The Center consists of a steady core of Italian academics, surrounded by a “nebula” of scientific experts, all with a M.Eng. or a Ph.D. degree, who work on specific projects and are often shared with other Research Centers, Aboth Italian (ENEA, ISPESL, AVIO, U. of Siena, U. of Calabria, U. of L’Aquila, Polytechnic of Torino, U. of Venezia among others) and International (U. of Silesia in Poland, NTNU and SINTEF in Norway, U. of . Birmingham and of Cranfield in the UK, Ovidius University in Romania, St. Cyr Academy in France, MEDRC in the Sultanate of Oman, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the UNDP)
CAIP’ activities can be roughly described as belonging to five different areas, all in the general field of Thermal and Fluid Sciences.
As an Academy-based research group with strong industrial links and a natural inclination for engineering applications, CAIP’ mission is easily stated: