School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Simulation Technologies

Advanced Computer Aided Engineering

Exploring novel numerical simulation methods to enable the development of higher performing engineering products and more efficient design and production processes.  Our research encompasses multidisciplinary simulation capabilities across engineering design, analysis, manufacture and systems modelling themes.    

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Finite Element Modelling

The development of algorithms for transforming detailed geometric models into idealised forms suitable for finite element analysis.

The long term goal is automatic, adaptive analysis, based on design geometry but using analysis models of appropriate complexity.

Finite Element Modelling Research Group

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Immersive Virtual Reality

Virtual test environments to support learning at the earliest possible opportunity in the product development cycle.

Knowledge acquisition, assembly analysis and process development using wholly virtual assets.

Simulation of worker assembling a part

Digital manufacture and assembly

Multi-level assembly system modelling

Capturing manufacture and assembly processes from individual part through to full factory simulations

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Process Modelling

Improving manufacturing precision and efficiency through process simulation

Development of virtual machining, moulding, forming, welding and drilling process models

Simulated structural test results

Virtual structural testing and design

Accurate prediction of material and structural behaviour

Generation and integration of predictive material and structural analysis models for improved product performance and reduced development time

Molecular dynamics simulation of hard metal machining

Multiscale and Multiphysics Modelling

Capturing the complexities of multi-scale and multi-physical interaction

Simulating from molecular level through to full scale product beahviour, including complex multiphysics phenomena such as lightning strike

Our Research Family

Dr Adelaide Marzano

Dr Adelaide Marzano

Lecturer

Systems and assembly line simulation, automated robotic simulation, virtual ergonomic analysis

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Dr Adrian Murphy

Prof. Adrian Murphy

Professor

Finite Element methods, Process modelling, Cost modelling

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Professor Brian Falzon

Prof. Brian Falzon

Head of School

Finite Element methods, virtual design and testing of composites

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Professor Cecil Armstrong

Prof. Cecil Armstrong

Professor

Finite Element modelling, CAE integration and automation

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Lecturer Damian Quinn

Dr Damian Quinn

Lecturer

Virtual testing, Structural design and optimisation, CAE integration and automation

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Dr Danielle Soban

Dr Danielle Soban

Lecturer

Multi-physics and multi-scale simulation, visual Analytics, advanced decision making models

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Dr Gasser Abdelal

Dr Gasser Abdelal

Lecturer

Finite Element modelling, multi-scale material modelling, multi-physics simulation

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Dr Joe Butterfield

Dr Joseph Butterfield

Senior Lecturer

Virtual Reality applications, digital manufacture simulation, process modelling

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Dr Marco Geron

Dr Marco Geron

Lecturer

Thermo-fluid modelling, computational fluid dynamics, reduced order models

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Dr Peter Martin

Dr Peter Martin

Reader

Finite element process modelling, large strain material modelling

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Lecturer Declan Nolan

Dr Declan Nolan

Lecturer

Next generation design & CAE systems, Certification by Analysis

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Professor Roy Douglas

Prof. Roy Douglas

Professor

Drive cycle modelling, technology for public transport

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Dr Giuseppe Catalanotti

Dr Giuseppe Catalanotti

Lecturer

Fracture Mechanics, Continuum Damage Mechanics, Computational Mechanics

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Dr Simao Marques

Dr Simao Marques

Lecturer

High-fidelity and efficient aeroelasticity modelling, computational fluid dynamics, uncertainty quantification

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Dr Sung In Kim

Dr Sung In Kim

Lecturer

Computational fluid dynamics, heat transfer, unsteady and compressible flow models

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Dr Trevor Robinson

Dr Trevor Robinson

Senior Lecturer

Simulation intent, finite element methods, CAE integration and automation

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Dr Yan Jin

Dr Yan Jin

Senior Lecturer

Digital lean manufacturing, industrial informatics, robotic automation simulation

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