Computational and Digital Engineering

Our new CADE theme aims to create an internationally leading team which has a reputation for fundamental and applied research in computational and interactive digital engineering solutions, building on the strengths and expertise of our internationally recognised academic staff. Our vision is to develop a theme which represents, amalgamates and synergises the research strengths and expertise of a wide range of academics within IMPEE, particularly in the domains of modelling, computational physics, analysis, human factors, digital engineering, visualisation and robotics, providing better opportunities for internal and external cross disciplinary collaborations across the product life cycle.

Very much a core key skill set implicit within IMPEE it is central to many of our research activities within chemical engineering, design and manufacture, materials and engineering science as well as across our other new themes in Energy Harvesting and Conversion, Multiphase Flow and Biomedical Engineering.

The theme’s funding comes from a variety of sources, EPSRC, industrial, EU, KTP and TSB with a wide range of academic and industrial partners involved in many of our fundamental and applied research projects. Typical companies include: Selex Galileo, BAE Systems Marine, Rolls Royce, FMC and Progress Rail to name but a few.

The diverse nature of Theme contributes to a heterogeneous mix of resources, extending access to advanced research equipment and a range of specialised and bespoke software on high performance computing (HPC) platforms. Some of the CADE theme facilities include: an HPC cluster (CPUs and GPUs); a range of rapid prototyping machines; an Advanced Manufacturing Unit comprising a variety of CNC machine tools; a virtual reality (VR) lab with state-of-the-art trackers, 3d displays, haptic devices; biometric analysis equipment including EEG, ECG, EMG; the Renishaw Metrology laboratory with a wide range of coordinate measuring machines and scanning equipment; a wave energy rig, finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics software; manufacturing system simulation software, CAD/CAM equipment; a nano-micro manufacturing including a focussed ion beam (FIB) machine; and a robotics laboratory.

If you are a company, research organisation or individual academic interested in potential collaboration with any of our colleagues or in doing postgraduate research in any of our areas then please do not hesitate to contact our colleagues directly or contact our Theme Coordinator Dr Yeaw Chu Lee (