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Laboratory for Scientific Computing

The Lab develops, implements and applies advanced numerical algorithms and computational methodologies for the solution of problems arising from scientific, technology and engineering applications.

Researchers at LabSC are engaged with the design of algorithms for multiscale and multiphysics problems described by nonlinear, inhomogeneous systems of partial differential equations. The implementations of the algorithms take advantage of current and next-generation massively parallel computational architectures. The projects of LabSC are commissioned primarily by industry. Current partners include automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, petroleum, mining and defense industries, as well as government organisations and establishments.

Current research projects include:

  • Ultrasonic excitation of wet metal substrates (Boeing) 
  • Multi-physics algorithms for automotive simulations (Jaguar Land Rover) 
  • Indentation of coated automotive substrates (Jaguar Land Rover) 
  • Coupled simulations of elastoplastic solids and reactive two-phase flows (ORICA)
  • Detonation propagation in non-ideal, condensed-phase explosives (ORICA)
  • GPGPU algorithms of Cartesian cut cell algorithms (ORICA)
  • Material response under extreme conditions (QinetiQ)
  • Multi-component, multi-phase thermal flow in porous media (Schlumberger)
  • Direct numerical simulations of particulate visco-elastic fluids (Schlumberger)
  • Interface tracking methods and multi-scale simulations of fracture (AWE) 
  • Numerical multi-physics simulations of non-Newtonian flows (BP) 
  • Multi-scale, multi-material simulations of impact and fracture (EPSRC) 
  • Whole system simulation of aircraft ice accretion (EPSRC)

The Group is part of strategic multi-million EPSRC-industry initiatives such as the Programme for Simulation Innovation with Jaguar Land Rover, which aims to develop the capability of the virtual simulation industry in the UK a nd will give manufacturers like JLR access to new, world-class simulation tools and processes.

The Group interacts with several groups within the Cavendish, the University of Cambridge, and the national and international academic community by means of research project collaborations. It serves the same community by training the next generation of researchers at Master’s level (MPhil in Scientific Computing), Ph.D. level (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Methods for Material Science – a collaboration of 5 University Departments) and continuous professional development (the EPSRC High Performance Computing National Academy).