The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering capability, has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh, Rolls-Royce and other organisations and universities to develop a highly advanced, virtual simulation of an operational gas-turbine for the aerospace industry.
The project by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Prosperity Partnership – will enable the research and development of highly advanced engineering simulation and modelling techniques beyond current capabilities in the aerospace sector.
Combining computational science and engineering research, the five-year collaboration will deliver simulation models of a gas-turbine that run at or near exascale. The enhanced resolution and unprecedented levels of accuracy the models generate will provide new insight and understanding, drive new product innovation and create opportunities that will have a direct impact on the competitiveness of the UK.
As part of the Advanced Simulation and Modelling of Engineering Systems (AsiMoV) project, CFMS will independently test, benchmark and evaluate the models as they are developed. Using its state-of-the-art facilities, numerous cross-sector partnerships and regular programme of events, CFMS will enhance the accessibility of the research, in turn maximising the impact of the project outcomes and accelerating adoption of the technology.
Ian Risk, Chief Technology Officer, CFMS, commented: “Driven by industrial digitalisation and legislation, the next generation of aerospace products demand fundamental changes to engine design and architectures. We are delighted to participate in what will provide a new model for virtual engineering design and certification.”
The partnership is jointly led by University of Edinburgh (UoE) and Rolls-Royce, and involves University of Bristol (UoB), University of Cambridge (UoC), University of Oxford (UoO), University of Warwick (UoW), Zenotech and CFMS.
Prosperity Partnerships are EPSRC’s flagship approach to co-investing with business in long-term, use-inspired, basic research. They are five-year, multimillion pound research collaborations on topics of national and global importance which have been co-created by leading UK universities and businesses with a strong research presence in the UK.
A £20.4m fund has been allocated by the EPSRC to facilitate seven projects which will build partnerships between world-leading computational science, industry and academic organisations.