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.    

Exemplar Research

Engine finite element mesh

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
Student with virtual reality equipment

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

Simulated rivet manufacture process diagram

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 Yan Jin

Senior Lecturer

Digital lean manufacturing, industrial informatics, robotic automation simulation

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Prof. Adrian Murphy

Professor

Finite Element methods, Process modelling, Cost modelling

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Prof. Brian Falzon

Head of School

Finite Element methods, virtual design and testing of composites

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Prof. Cecil Armstrong

Professor

Finite Element modelling, CAE integration and automation

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Dr Damian Quinn

Lecturer

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

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Dr Danielle Soban

Lecturer

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

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Dr Gasser Abdelal

Lecturer

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

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Dr Joseph Butterfield

Senior Lecturer

Virtual Reality applications, digital manufacture simulation, process modelling

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Dr Marco Geron

Lecturer

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

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Dr Peter Martin

Reader

Finite element process modelling, large strain material modelling

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Dr Declan Nolan

Lecturer

Next generation design & CAE systems, Certification by Analysis

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Prof. Roy Douglas

Professor

Drive cycle modelling, technology for public transport

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Dr Giuseppe Catalanotti

Lecturer

Fracture Mechanics, Continuum Damage Mechanics, Computational Mechanics

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Dr Zafer Kazancı

Senior Lecturer

Finite element modelling, auxetic structures, time-dependent external pulses, crashworthiness

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Dr Sung In Kim

Lecturer

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

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Dr Trevor Robinson

Senior Lecturer

Simulation intent, finite element methods, CAE integration and automation

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