Research themes within the Engineering, Modelling and Simulation Group (EMSG)
Within the Engineering, Modelling and Simulation Group (EMSG), we focus on four interconnected research themes.
TRACE: Thermofluids Research and Applications for Clean Energy
Led by Dr Budi Chandra
The journey towards clean energy production and utilisation starts with responsible engineering that encompasses the initial design, optimisation, and operation throughout the lifecycle. TRACE seeks to apply our knowledge and expertise in modelling and experimentation to meet your requirements from fundamental research to on-demand solution. We have extensive record of accomplishments of research projects and consultation works in various fields from renewable energy, propulsion, aerodynamics, to space applications.
SMART: Smart Material and Engineering Structures
Led by Dr Matt O'Donnell
The researchers in this theme design and investigate metamaterials and structures with unusual and/or optimised mechanical or thermo-mechanical properties. The base materials include composites materials (including lignocellulosic composites) but also more traditional materials in complex configurations. The main tools are theoretical and computational with an emphasis on Finite Element Analysis, but expertise extends into fabrication (composite, 2.5D and 3D printing) and mechanical testing (including impact and explosive). Current research projects concern auxetic behaviour, non-linear mechanisms, morphing wings and impact resistant materials.
DRIVE: Digital Revolution Into Value-added Engineering
Led by Dr Shwe Soe
DRIVE ensures integrated approach to digital design and responsive manufacturing of smart and multi-functional products. Within DRIVE, we employ state of the art digital technologies integrating Additive Manufacturing (AM), Digital Twin (DT), Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Internet of Things (IoT). Research into these emerging capabilities drive (or enable) digital revolution into High-Value Manufacturing and Value-added Engineering Processes.
ISAAC: Intelligent System And Adaptive Control
Led by Dr Yaseen Zaidi
ISAAC actively collaborates with industrial and academic partners to innovate in intelligent systems and adaptive control topics, which are at the heart of almost all modern engineering systems. The ISAAC themes diverse activity encompasses fundamental and applied research in Dynamic System Modelling, Advanced Control, Intelligent Decision Making and Human-Machine Interaction. Applied research focus includes various applications such as future aircraft, Unmanned and Personal Aerial Vehicles, Space technology, Bio-Instrumentation and industrial systems.
Engineering Modelling and Simulation (EMS) Group
This group brings academics and researchers together, to carry out high quality research in key engineering fields by applying modern and advanced modelling and simulation techniques.
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