The Modeling and Simulation Center (MaSC) will strengthen the network of world renowned research centres at The University of Manchester. MaSC is based in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) and forms part of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, as well as having strong links with the Materials Performance Centre, UMARI, the Tyndall Centre and the Laser Processing Centre.
Our activities in solid mechanics and materials have seen great developments both in terms of volume of activity and in scientific advances. The diverse activities in thermal hydraulics research encompass fundamental science as well as an increasing level of support for industrial operations.
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The Centre is jointly funded by the School and Electricité de France (EDF) since 2009. EDF are the world's largest low-carbon energy company, generating nearly 600TWH of electricity per year, 88% of wich is carbon-free. Manchester is EDF's most important university partner in the UK. The Modelling and Simulation Centre (MaSC) is a unique collaboration between EDF Energy and the University of Manchetser. Commenting on the Centre, Pierre-Louis Viollet, from EDF's research and development branch, said:
"For EDF, the joint creation of the Modelling and Simulation Centre represents a major partnership. It will benefit from over 10 years of cooperation between The University of Manchester and EDF R&D on simulation, and enhance worldwide development of energy research for the development of renewables as well as nuclear energy in the UK"
The National Nuclear Lab (NNL) has become the third member of the partnership since Oct. 2017. NNL brings extensive modelling and simulation experience to MaSC, including the application of pragmatic modelling approaches to deliver insight into often complex nuclear systems. Commenting on NNL’s arrival in MaSC, Chief Scientist Professor Andrew Sherry from NNL said:
"Digital technologies represent one of the most significant areas of innovation in the energy sector, including nuclear; reducing costs, accelerating programmes and enhancing safety. We are therefore delighted to join EDF Energy and the University of Manchester as a partner in MaSC and we are looking forward to collaborating in digital innovation."
MaSC Director, Professor Mike Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome NNL to MaSC and thereby build upon our existing relationship with the UK’s national laboratory. We have already identified our first tri-partite research project, which is studying new methods of modelling the fracture of steels used in safety-critical nuclear components such as reactor pressure vessels”.