One of the best ways to increase the exchange of knowledge is to encourage the exchange of people between universities and organisations.
We can access flexible funding to support projects that focus on the commercial development of specific EPSRC research outputs. This includes secondments-in to the University of your staff, or secondment-out of our staff to your organisation.
Case Study | New Intumescent Coatings
In 2016 the School of MACE collaborated with TATA Steel, Sherwin William, Tremco Illbruck (manufacturers of intumescent coatings) and Exova Warringtonfire (a fire certification company) in the development of new intumescent coatings, a popular fire protection material for steel structures.
This collaboration comprised a productive one-year project in which the School of MACE were required to provide guidance for the design of new intumescent coating products to be used on concrete filled tubular members. The project succeeded in specifying values of intumescent coating thickness for different temperatures of steel tubular sections which are filled with concrete. Additionally thermal conductivity values of intumescent coatings were specified in order to be used in design software written by the University of Manchester for TATA Steel to enable concrete filled tubes to be used in construction.
Case Study | Jaguar Land Rover
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a common tool used in the aerodynamic design of vehicles to simulate the behaviour of air as is flows through or around geometry. In the automotive industry it can be used in place of wind tunnel experiments to provide insight into the impact of design changes, such the change in shape and size of a car wing mirror for example. However, simulations can be time consuming to configure with results taking potentially days to generate. In the early stages of design, geometrical changes can be frequent and so running a high number of simulations to determine the impact of those changes can be impractical.
The School of MACE is collaborating with Jaguar Land Rover to develop a method of increasing early-stage application of CFD simulations involved in automotive design by providing engineers with an immersive tool for exploring the impact of design changes as they take place.
This project combines three areas of technology: 3D object scanning and reconstruction, real-time CFD and virtual reality visualisation to allow the automotive designer to 1) make changes to a physical geometry, 2) automatically scan and reconstruct that geometry into a virtual world and 3) visualise the results of a real-time CFD solver running on graphics processing units (GPUs) in virtual reality.
A 3D object scanning laboratory has been constructed which uses 6 Microsoft Kinect cameras to scan and reconstruct a 3D car model. This model can then be read into our in-house CFD solver (based on the lattice Boltzmann method) and the air flow simulated. The result is then visualised in our virtual wind tunnel in Unreal Engine 4 in which the user can explore the simulated air flow as it evolves.
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