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Centre History

2000s

2009:

  • Under construction.

2008:

  • Under construction.

2007:

  • Under construction.

2006:

  • 10th successive year that Centre has run its two short courses in fire and evacuation simulation. In 10 years some 330 delegates from 34 countries have attended the courses.
  • Centre launches new MSc in Computational Science and Engineering with £500,000 support from EPSRC as part of our Collaborative Training Account (CTA).
  • Research commences into inverse modelling for real-time in-situ prognostics and diagnostics of engineering and heritage systems. Initial projects focus on developing software tools to monitor power modules in aircraft, and the structural monitoring of the Cutty Sark.
  • HPCG spins out a software company - Parallel Software Products. Some HPCG staff leave the university to work within this company, other members move from the Centre to merge with the School's Computer Science Centre.
  • Collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline leads to company restructuring central engineering function to create a new particulate storage, handling and processing team to service technical needs in 85 plants in 37 countries.
  • Wolfson Centre completes 350 research and consultancy contracts for 260 business organisations since 1996.
  • Centre continues to be the centre of excellence in ICT technologies within the KnowledgeEast consortium. Under HEIF-3, funding of £130,000 secured for period 2006-2008. Funding of £145,000 is also secured from institutional HEIF-3 allocation.
    • ESTEEM:
      • CB is nominated as the academic representative on the DTi Global Watch Mission to USA to review Thermal Management technologies.
      • EG is nominated as a member of the "Science for Security" Mission to Boston/Washington, orgainised by UK Trade &Investment.
      • Dr Mike Bradley of the Wolfson Centre is promoted to Professor of Powder and Bulk Technologies.
      • Membership of Influential Committees
        • EG member of UK IMO team at FP50.
        • CB and EG elected to EPSRC college.
        • CB member of the Dti Measurement Advisory Committee for both Materials and Software to Support Metrology.
      • Keynote Lectures
        • Centre staff presented 5 keynote lectures
      • Invited Lectures to Conferences/Learned Societies
        • Centre staff presented 14 invited lectures
      • Conference session co-chairs and organising committees
        • Centre staff were on 6 conference organising committees.
      • Editorship (Journals/conference proceedings)
        • CB: Guest editor for Soldering and Surface Mount Technology, V18 n2, 2006 - Special Edition on Advanced Manufacturing Processes, Lead-Free Interconnects and Reliability for Electronics Packaging, pub. Emerald.
        • KP: Member of the editorial panel "Journal of Algorithms &Computational Technology".
      • Awards:
        • Wolfson Centre 'Highly Commended' in IChemE international awards for 2006 - for the creation and implementation of the QPM technology in industry for competitive advantage.
        • Royal Academy of Engineering acknowledges the Cutty-Sark KTP project as an example of best practice in Knowledge Transfer in a consultation document to the government.
    • ENVIRONMENT:
      • STAFF:
        • Centre consists of 37 research staff, 46 PhD students.
      • INFRASTRUCTURE:
        • Two high performance clusters purchased as part of SRIF3. One is a LINUX based Hybrid shared/distributed memory system and the other is a PC based distributed memory cluster.
      • VISITING LECTURERS:
        • The Centre hosted 14 visiting academic/industrial lectures.
      • CENTRE RESEARCH GROUPS:
        • Computational Science and Engineering Group (CSEG).
        • Computational Mechanics and Reliability Group (CMRG).
        • Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG).
        • Wolfson Centre.
    • SIGNIFICANT GRANTS:
      • £500,000 support from CTA for new MSc Programme in Computational Science and Engineering.
      • £169,188 EPSRC grant awarded (EP/D505011/1) for Measurement and modelling of electrical, transport and phase-change phenomena and application to vacuum arc remelting for optimal material quality.
      • £120,000 secured from the EPSRC (IeMRC) for research into Inverse Modelling for Prognostics and Diagnostics of engineering systems.
      • £118,800 generated by Wolfson in Research Consultancy.
      • £111,000 (US$200,000) secured from the US Federal Rail Administration for research into rail evacuation.
      • £98,000 secured from EPSRC (IeMRC) for the project FAMOBS which will build models to investigate microwave curing of polymer materials used to package electronic and photonic devices.
      • € 164,000 secured from EU for a Marie-Currie fellowship. This will support a visiting researcher from Hong Kong to model electro-migration in very small interconnect structures.
      • £77,625 secured from EPSRC (IeMRC), and the National Physical Laboratory for the TIMERA project which will investigate the use of Inverse Models for predicting the material properties of very small volumes of interconnect materials.
      • £50,000 secured from EPSRC DTA/Imerys for project concerned with improving powder flowability to enhance business value of powered products.
    • OUTPUTS:
      • PUBLICATIONS:
        • 41 publications of all types produced.
      • SPIN OUT COMPANIES:
        • PSP Ltd spun out from work on parallel computing.
      • PATENT APPLICATIONS:
        • 2 Patent applications.
      • SOFTWARE RELEASES:
        • buildingEXODUS V4.06 is released.

2005:

  • First licenses for the EXODUS and SMARTFIRE software purchased by a user in Czech Republic.
  • Range of new research projects commence including: exploration of numerical optimisation techniques in evacuation simulation, the development of hybrid (course/fine/continuous representation of space) evacuation simulation techniques and fire modelling techniques (field/zone models). FSEG also begins formal association with Federal Rail Administration Volpe Centre and assists in the development of a series of rail evacuation experiments.
  • ESTEEM:
    • EXODUS users can now be found in 30 countries while SMARTFIRE users can now be found in 16 countries.
    • CB nominated as the academic representative on the DTi Global Watch Mission to China to review optoelectronics manufacturing research.
    • EG requested to host a delegation from US Congress General Accounting Office and the US FAA investigating issues associated with the Airbus A380.
    • Membership of Influential Committees
      • EG: member of UK IMO team at FP49, elected to EPSRC College.
      • CB: executive Committee Member of the EPSRC funded Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre (IeMRC).
      • KP becomes member of reviewer panel for New and Emerging Technologies (NEST) STREP proposals for FP6.
    • Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
      • EG: Visiting Professor Brazilian university Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) Recife.
    • Keynote Lectures
      • Centre staff presented 3 keynote lectures.
    • Invited Lectures to Conferences/Learned Societies
      • Centre staff presented 10 invited lectures.
    • Conference session co-chairs and organising committees
      • Centre staff were on 4 conference organising committees.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE:
      • University devolves Higher Degree Committee responsibilities down to the School or School cluster level.
      • CMS creates a Higher Degree Committee cluster with several other Schools and KP becomes Chair of the committee.
    • STAFF:
      • Centre consists of 40 research staff, 45 PhD students.
    • INFRASTRUCTURE:
      • Centre secures £479,000 from SRIF3. Funds are used to support the general computing infrastructure, in particular PC and Unix workstations and the purchase of new high performance clusters.
      • Wolfson Centre relocates to £1.0M purpose-built offices and laboratories on Medway Campus
    • VISITING LECTURERS:
      • The Centre hosted 8 visiting academic/industrial lectures.
  • SIGNIFICANT GRANTS:
    • £440,000 secured from the Home Office for two Civil Defence projects.
    • €600,000 secured from EU IMPRESS, FP6 IP for project Intermetallic materials processing in relation to earth and space solidification.
    • €590,000 secured for project NACRE, an FP6 IP concerned with fire and evacuation analysis of Blended Wing Body aircraft.
    • £405,000 secured from the EPSRC as part of a £4.1 million grant concerned with reduced order modelling for micro and nano-systems with the grant "3D-Mintegration: Design and Manufacture of 3D Integrated Miniaturised Products".
    • £220,000 secured from the DTi into research concerned with Reliability Predictions and Risk Analysis for Power Electronic modules with the project on Modelling Power Electronic Modules.
    • £219,000 secured from DTi Technology Programme for Modelling the Reliability of Power Electronics Modules.
    • £210,619 secured for MEMSA, an EPSRC funded project to model the electroforming process as used to fabricate Microsystems.
    • £184,000 for Power Electronics Flagship, a project supported by the EPSRC (IeMRC). This project will develop physics-of-failure models for reliability predictions of power electronic modules.
    • £129,200 generated by Wolfson in Research Consultancy.
    • £119,000 secured from DTi Technology Programme for ENDSENSE which is building integrated models and software for the design of smart displays.
    • €177,000 secured for project AVATARS, an FP6 STREP concerned with pedestrian circulation analysis in stations.
    • £103,000 secured from ESPRC (IeMRC) for the SiP-design project which is building reduced order models for System-in-Package microelectronic structures.
    • £95,000 secured from EU for FP6 Biopowders project for research into adhesion of flavourings to foodstuffs.
    • € 101,000 secured from EU for the Flex-No-Lead project investigating reliability of flexible substrates in face of new Environmentally friendly manufacturing process.
    • £72,000 secured from EPSRC, EPPIC Faraday Partnership and Bookham Technology for the OPISA project which is building models to analyse micro-technologies for assembling optical components.
    • £70,000 secured from Airbus and Bombardier to undertake various aviation evacuation research projects including an analysis of the evacuation capability of the Airbus A380
    • £66,000 secured from industrial partner ARCELOR (Fr) for project, Steel continuous casting models for flux reduction.
    • £65,428 KTP funding secured for FIREMASTER-1 (Process Engineering of a water mist device for fire suppression)
    • £50,000 secured from MoD STG to quantify naval personnel human factors.
    • £20,138 awarded from EPSRC (EP/C519108/1) for travel to China to establish collaboration in electronic and photonic product design and manufacture.
  • OUTPUTS:
    • PUBLICATIONS:
      • 47 publications of all types produced.
    • SPIN OUT COMPANIES:
      • PHYSICA LTD spun out from work on software development.
    • SOFTWARE RELEASES:
      • airEXODUS V4.0 is produced

2004:

  • Founding Director MC leaves the university to take a position at University of Swansea.
  • With the departure of Prof Mark Cross and the bulk of his research team, the Centre restructures. The Computational Science and Engineering Group (CSEG) splits into two coherent groups, the CSEG, led by Prof Pericleous, and the newly formed Computational Mechanics and Reliability Group (CMRG) led by Prof Bailey. Dr C Ieroethou becomes director of the HPCG. The Centre now consists of CMRG, CSEG, FSEG, HPCG and the Wolfson Centre.
  • Research commences in a range of research projects in both fire and evacuation modelling; these include: advanced combustion modelling system using local equivalence ratio concept, HCL release and absorption and burnable surfaces, the development of performance metrics to aid in the evaluation of evacuation performance from ships and a parallel implementation of their EXODUS software.
  • Research starts into computational mechanics and optimisation for heritage structures with the KTP-funded project with the Cutty Sark.
  • Centre showcases expertise at RAEng/EPSRC 'Celebration of UK Engineering research and Innovation'. Centre's expertise showcased in 3 of 16 themed areas.
  • Centre's research expertise in modelling and simulation is a core component of the KnowledgeEast consortium.
  • Centre is a co-investigator on the Innovative Electronics Manufacturing Research Centre (IeMRC) proposal which secures ESPRC funding of £5,455,930 (GR/T07459/01). CB is a member of the Executive Board of the IeMRC.
  • ESTEEM:
    • Membership of Influential Committees
      • EG: nominated member of a Home Office Committee on CBRN modelling; invited member of a UK delegation on US-UK nuclear safety review; invited member of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister committee to establish the Fire Research Academy.
      • CB: company Director of PHYSICA Limited, a spin out company from the University
      • KP becomes STREP evaluator for Nanotechnologies and Nano-sciences knowledge-based multifunctional materials (NMP) and IP project evaluator for FP6.
    • Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
      • EG: Visiting Professor Beijing Institute of Labour Protection.
      • CB: Royal Society/Kan Tong Po Visiting Professor to Hong Kong
    • Keynote Lectures
      • Centre staff presented 4 keynote lectures
    • Invited Lectures to Conferences/Learned Societies
      • Centre staff presented 9 invited lectures
    • Conference session co-chairs and organising committees
      • Centre staff co-chaired 6 sessions and were on 9 organising committees.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE:
      • A new position of School Director for Enterprise (DE) is created. DE also sits on the School Management Committee. Role of DE is to co-ordinate enterprise activities within the school. This involves engagement with both public and private enterprises to help grow new enterprise opportunities with activities such as consultancy, KTP's, short courses and licensing of the results of the research undertaken within the school. DE also sits on the University wide Research Committee.
      • CB becomes CMS DE.
    • STAFF:
      • Centre consists of 40 research staff, 43 PhD students.
    • VISITING LECTURERS:
      • The Centre hosted 9 visiting academic/industrial lectures.
    • FACILITIES:
      • £1m funding from The Wolfson Foundation, HEFCE and University awarded to relocate Wolfson Centre into new build accommodation at Medway Campus.
    • CENTRE RESEARCH GROUPS:
      • Computational Science and Engineering Group (CSEG)
      • Computational Mechanics and Reliability Group (CMRG)
      • Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG)
      • High Performance Computing Group (HPCG)
      • Wolfson Centre
  • SIGNIFICANT GRANTS:
    • £1.5 million EPSRC (GR/S74201/01 and EP/D507790) grant awarded for World Trade Centre evacuation project HEED. Project HEED is a consortium lead by FSEG and Professor Galea involving University of Ulster and University of Liverpool.
    • £231,724 EPSRC grant (GR/T22100/1) awarded to incorporate ship evacuation analysis into early ship design in collaboration with UCL.
    • £180,000 secured as part of HEIF-2 funding to the University to support outreach of its simulation and modelling expertise for the period 2004-2006.
    • £189,000 DEFRA LINK/Cadbury funded project for the development of rapid techniques for the measurement of the flow characteristics of powdered materials
    • £140,000 secured from EU Interreg IIIa, for project ATTMA: Aerosol Transport in the Trans-Manche Atmosphere.
    • £137,000 secured from DTi and the Cutty Sark Trust as part of a KTP to use finite element technology to model and help conserve the Cutty Sark clipper ship.
    • £130,000 secured from HEIF as part of Centre's activities within the KnowledgeEast consortium for the period 2004-2006.
    • £130,000 generated by Wolfson in Research Consultancy
    • £103,000 secured from DTI/GlaxoSmithKline for KTP project concerned with embedding QPM technology into company operations world-wide.
    • £63,120 secured from EPSRC, EPPIC Faraday and Micro Circuit Engineering to model the reliability of digital displays as used in safety critical applications.
    • £55,000 secured from DEFRA-DTI/industry for microwave pyrolysis for treatment of oil-contaminated drilling cuttings.
    • £10,116 awarded from the EPSRC (GR/T23800/01) as a Travel grant to explore collaboration with Brazil Universities.
  • OUTPUTS:
    • PUBLICATIONS:
      • 70 publications of all types produced.
    • SOFTWARE RELEASES:
      • buildingEXODUS V4.0 is released. This has many new features including: source nodes, redirection nodes, compartment zones, irritant model, signage and visibility, metered doors, congestion avoidance, compatibility with CFAST V5.1.1.
      • SMARTFIRE V4.0 released. This has major new features including; CAD import tool, post processor visualiser, mesh morpher, parallel MPI, and enhanced link to EXODUS software.

2003:

  • Centre awarded the 2002 Queen's Anniversary Prize.
  • Centre joins PowderMatrix Faraday with many other universities.
  • Centre invited the join the EPPIC Faraday Partnership. This marks the start of research into photonic systems.
  • PHYSICA Limited, wholly owned subsidiary of MPSL, is formed to formally license the software product PHYSICA.
  • Wolfson Centre cited in HM Treasury sponsored 'Lambert Review of Business-University Collaboration' as an exemplar of good practice and as a case-study to support justification for the creation of a new stream of Government funding to support business-facing research in universities.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE:
      • DR introduces competitive internal grant system enabling School staff without external research grant support to start research projects in new areas.
    • STAFF:
      • Centre consists of 40 research staff, 48 PhD students.
    • INFRASTRUCTURE:
      • Centre secures £900,000 from SRIF2. Funds are used to support the construction of a new Computer Machine Room and general computing infrastructure, in particular PC and Unix workstations. A high performance distributed PC cluster is purchased.
    • VISITING LECTURERS:
      • The Centre hosted 12 visiting academic/industrial lectures.
  • ESTEEM:
    • Membership of Influential Committees
      • EG becomes a member of SAPER, a Cabinet Office committee, chaired by Prof Sir David King - Government Chief Scientific Officer.
      • CB becomes lead academic in the Science and Technology Group within the EPPIC Faraday Partnership.
      • KP becomes STREP evaluator for Nanotechnologies and Nano-sciences knowledge-based multifunctional materials (NMP).
    • Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
      • EG: Visiting Professor Beijing Institute of Labour Protection, ERCOFTAC visiting Fellowship to visit the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH.
    • Editorship (Journals/conference proceedings)
      • EG: editor of conference proceedings, Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2003, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference., CMS Press, Greenwich, UK, ISBN 1904521088.
    • Keynote Lectures
      • Centre staff presented 5 keynote lectures
    • Invited Lectures to Conferences/Learned Societies
      • Centre staff presented 13 invited lectures
    • Conference session co-chairs and organising committees
      • Centre staff co-chaired 3 sessions and were on 8 organising committees.
      • Wolfson Centre cited in HM Treasury sponsored 'Lambert Review of Business - University Collaboration' as an exemplar of good practice, and to support justification for the creation of a new stream of Government funding to support business-facing research in universities.
      • CB elected to EPSRC college.
    • Awards
      • FSEG is a winner of the Queen's Award with the citation:
      • "The University is a recognised world leader in the area of evacuation model development. Use of its software technology by businesses and public authorities greatly enhances public safety and its specialised training offers vital expertise to the user community worldwide."
  • SIGNIFICANT GRANTS:
    • £125,000 secured from EPSRC RAIS funded project, concerned with embedding QPM technology into Borax, GlaxoSmithKline, Tate and Lyle, Unilever and United Biscuits.
    • £124,700 generated by Wolfson in Research Consultancy
    • £85,000 secured from EPSRC/PowdermatriX Faraday concerned with 'Engineering the Green State'.
    • £80,000 secured from Henkel for COMAH (Control of major accident hazards) studies
    • £75,120 secured from EPSRC and the National Physical Laboratory to model the reliability of lead-free solders.
    • £60,000 secured from BCURA for project concerned with the on-line measurement of wall friction as an indication of the handleability of coals.
    • £60,000 secured from BCURA for project concerned with the measurement of the flow properties of coal-biomass mixtures.
    • £55,000 secured for a project funded by Borealis concerned with toxic gases generated from cable combustion in fires.
    • £50,000 secured by Lloyds Register for a research fellow in maritime fire and evacuation analysis.
    • $90,000 secured from British Oxygen Labs (USA) to model and optimise the wave soldering process
    • £40,000 awarded by Canadian TSB to assist in the investigation of the Swiss Air MD11 aircraft disaster.
    • £33,000 secured from BAeSystems to model the reliability of (COTS) commercial off the shelf components to be used in the Avionics System of the Eurofighter aircraft.
  • OUTPUTS:
    • PUBLICATIONS:
      • 85 publications of all types produced.
    • SOFTWARE RELEASES:
      • maritimeEXODUS V4.0 is released with a range of new features including; water tight doors, hatches, 600 stairs, vertical ladders, etc., making the software applicable to naval applications.

2002:

  • Centre wins four major awards for its work on the development of the EXODUS evacuation software.
  • Research begins into the Experiment Engine concept intended to provide automatic convergence control of the CFD solution process for the SMARTFIRE software.
  • Research begins into exploring the use of graph theoretic techniques in evacuation simulation and into beginning development of railEXODUS.
  • ESTEEM:
    • Membership of Influential Committees
      • EG member of UK IMO team at FP46, member of the US Society of Fire Protection Engineers Human Behaviour Task Group, member of the British Standards Institute Committee life safety FSH/24/2.
    • Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
      • EG: Visiting Professor University of Malta, Beijing Institute of Labour Protection.
    • Editorship (Journals/conference proceedings)
      • CB: Guest editor for Soldering and Surface Mount Technology, V14 N1, Special Edition on computational modelling, pub Emerald.
    • Keynote Lectures
      • Centre staff presented 6 keynote lectures
    • Invited Lectures to Conferences/Learned Societies
      • Centre staff presented 20 invited lectures
    • Conference session co-chairs and organising committees
      • Centre staff co-chaired 1 session and were on 2 organising committees.
    • Awards
      • FSEG wins the following four major awards:
      • The 2001 British Computer Society award for IT 2001(the Oscars of the IT industry).
      • BSC IT Award citation: "The winners not only demonstrate technical innovation, but also show how technology can be used to benefit society at large." Judith Scott, Chief Executive of The BCS.
      • The group is also awarded the gold medal from the British Computer Society.
      • The 2001 RINA/LR Safer Ships Award (Royal Institution of Naval Architects/Lloyds Register) for their development of maritimeEXODUS software.
      • The 2001 CITIS (Communications &IT in Shipping) Award for Innovation in IT for Ship Operation for the maritimeEXODUS software.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE:
      • Following University research restructuring, a new position of School Director for Research (DR) is created. DR also sits on the School Management Committee. A School wide research committee is established with DR as Chair. Role of committee is to maintain School's existing research strengths, grow new research areas and nurture new researchers within the School. DR also sits on the University wide Research Committee and Higher Degrees Committee.
      • EG becomes CMS DR.
      • KP becomes CMS Post Graduate Tutor with responsibility for Schools PhD students.
    • STAFF:
      • Centre consists of 42 research staff, 45 PhD students.
    • VISITING LECTURERS:
      • The Centre hosted 12 visiting academic/industrial lectures.
    • SIGNIFICANT GRANTS:
      • £325,000 secured for project FIRE EXIT, an FP5 project concerned with evacuation from ships.
      • £293,000 secured from the DTi and Flomerics Limited to investigate unstructured Computational Fluid Dynamics solvers.
      • £104K secured from FARADAY EPSRC (GR/R94435/01) initiative for Computational Modelling of microwave food processing.
      • £130,000 secured for project VELA, an FP5 project concerned with Fire and evacuation analysis for the next generation of aircraft (flying wing).
      • £124,969 secured from EPSRC for project QPM-RAIS (Embedding Research Outputs of 'Quality in Particulate Based Manufacturing' Initiative into Industry)
      • £97,500 secured from the Taiwanese Government for a project on water mist and fire simulation.
      • £78,900 generated by Wolfson in Research Consultancy
      • Leverhulme Trust Grant worth £50,000 awarded to support a visiting post-doctorial fellow in fire research.
      • £50,000 awarded by UK DTLR to study the evacuation of the World Trade Centre buildings on 9/11/01.
      • £39,000 secured from DTi to investigate inverse modelling techniques for solidification modelling.
      • £30,000 secured from the Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan, for Water Mist technologies in the Electronics Industry.
  • OUTPUTS:
    • PUBLICATIONS:
      • 78 publications of all types produced.
    • SOFTWARE RELEASES:
      • buildingEXODUS V3.01 and maritimeEXODUS V3.0 are released.
      • airEXODUS V3.0 produced.
      • maritimeEXODUS V3.0 has a range of new features including; social response, and the impact of Heel and Trim on evacuation.

2001:

  • Following the 2001 RAE, the Centre restructures. Computer Science forms a separate but related research centre within the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Wolfson Centre from the School of Engineering, which has a long history of collaboration with the Centre, becomes incorporated within the Centre.
  • Centre staff entered into RAE UoA Computer Science, score 4 with a group of 27 staff entered.
  • K Pericleous becomes director of CSEG.
  • FSEG becomes member of the EU FP5 Network FIT (Fire in Tunnels).
  • Development of parallel MPI version of SMARTFIRE begins.
  • FSEG begins to form consortium to investigate World Trade Centre evacuation.
  • Research into computational mechanics for Micro and Nano-Systems begins.
  • ESTEEM:
    • CB becomes Professor of Computational Mechanics and Reliability.
    • AR elected Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
    • Awards
      • The UK MOD makes the following announcement, "maritimeEXODUS was selected as the escape tool that most closely meets the needs of the MOD for the development of warship escape design guidance and assessment."
    • Membership of Influential Committees
      • AR and MB: Advisors to the Norwegian Research Council since 2001.
      • MB: Bulk Materials Handling Committee, IMechE, Technical Sub-Committee, Council of Solids Handling and Processing Association, British Standard Institution since 2001.
    • Keynote Lectures
      • Centre staff presented 1 keynote lecture
    • Invited Lectures to Conferences/Learned Societies
      • Centre staff presented 4 invited lectures
    • Conference session co-chairs and organising committees
      • Centre staff co-chaired 1 session and were on 2 organising committees.
    • Editorship (Journals/conference proceedings)
      • KP: On editorial board of Applied Mathematical Modelling Journal since 1995.
      • MB: On editorial board of Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering, Proceedings of IMechE, PartE since 2001.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • STAFF:
      • Centre consists of 36 research staff.
      • Centre enters 27 research staff and 40 PhD students into the RAE Computing Unit of Assessment.
      • Following RAE, 7 Academic and 7 PhD students from Wolfson Centre join the Centre
    • INFRASTRUCTURE:
      • £446,800 secured from EPSRC (GR/N30392/01) for Masters Training Package in Computational Science and Engineering for Industry.
      • Centre secures funding from JREI for computational modelling of engineering processes on high performance clusters.
      • Centre secures £720,000 from SRIF1. Funds are used to support the general computing infrastructure, in particular PC and Unix workstations.
    • VISITING LECTURERS:
      • The Centre hosted 15 visiting academic/industrial lectures.
    • CENTRE RESEARCH GROUPS:
      • Computational Science and Engineering Group.
      • Fire Safety Engineering Group.
      • High Performance Computing Group.
      • Wolfson Centre.
  • SIGNIFICANT GRANTS:
    • £176,738 secured from EPSRC (GR/R35599/01) for project concerned with developing a new manufacturing process to remove silver from lead, with Cambridge University and Britannia Refined Metals and British Oxygen.
    • £135,514 secured from EPSRC (GR/N14316/01) for project Net-shape casting of tial components.
    • £130,000 secured for research into computational mechanics for Micro and Nano-Systems with the EPSRC grant Microsystems Applications for the 21st Century (MAT-21).
    • £125,000 secured from Canadian Department of Transport for the development of a ship evacuation simulator.
    • £68,000 secured from EPSRC, Prime Faraday Partnership and Flomerics Limited to develop Low Reynolds number turbulence models for electronic cooling.
    • £67,800 generated by Wolfson in Research Consultancy
    • £66,000 secured for project VERRES, an FP5 project concerned with evacuation requirements for Very Large Aircraft.
    • £60,000 secured from UK MOD (Royal Navy) to investigate crew behaviour in conditions of list.
  • OUTPUTS:
    • PUBLICATIONS:
      • 67 publications of all types produced.
    • SOFTWARE RELEASES:
      • maritimeEXODUS V1.0 is quickly followed by V2.0. This has a number of new features including; LSA capability to model abandonment, different types of mustering procedures pre-set, Itinerary capability.
      • SMARTFIRE V3.0 is released; this has many new features including, gaseous combustion, multi-ray radiation models, ability to model fans, etc. The KBS based mesh generator is replaced with a more flexible automated meshing tool.

2000:

  • Research into reliability predictions for materials that satisfy green legislation such as RoHs and WEEE begins.
  • Research into the development of unstructured meshing techniques for fire simulation and models for toxic gas generation begins.
  • ESTEEM:
    • Membership of Influential Committees
      • CB committee member of the Association of Computational Mechanics in Engineering, member of the National Physical Laboratory Industrial Advisory Group.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • PhD students
      • Dr Steve Gwynne becomes first PhD graduate in evacuation simulation.
  • SIGNIFICANT GRANTS:
    • £116,000 secured from UK CAA for the development of the AASK database.
    • £110,000 secured from the EPSRC for Lead-Free Soldering process for flip-chip applications.
    • £100,000 secured from DTi and Flomerics for a KTP project to develop a stress solver called FLO-STRESS.
    • £62,200 secured from EPSRC and Celestica Limited to build models for optoelectronic packages.
  • OUTPUTS:
    • SOFTWARE RELEASES:
      • buildingEXODUS V3.0 is released; this has many new features including VR post-processor, askEXODUS tool set, CFAST V4.01 interface, itinerary function, occupant localised knowledge of exits and smoke redirection.