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Centre History

80s

1989:

  • Dr Alan Reed, from the School of Mechanical Engineering Thames Polytechnic, secures funding from The Wolfson Foundation to create the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology in an industrial unit at Woolwich Dockyard Industrial Estate. The Wolfson Centre joins the Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis in 2001.
  • A range of Centre research projects commence associated with Mesh Generation and unstructured control-volume methods.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • STAFF:
      • Dr Koulis Pericleous joins the Centre/CSEG and begins work with MC on a range of problems associated with casting.

1988:

  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • STAFF:
      • Chris Bailey graduates with a PhD from the Centre and leaves to take a position in the Materials Science Dept at Carnegie Mellon Univ, Pittsburg, USA.
  • SIGNIFICANT GRANTS:
    • MC/CSEG secures £87K from EPSRC for Modelling of non-ferrous reduction in blast furnaces.

1987:

  • The Centre's long association with Rio Tinto on the computational modelling aspects of direct smelting begins. Metals casting becomes a major interest of the Centre from the late 1980's onwards.
  • ESTEEM:
    • MC made a full professor.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • STAFF:
      • Dr Nikos Markatos, one of the Centre co-founders leaves the Centre to take up a senior position at the NTUA.
    • HARDWARE INFRASTRUCTURE:
      • Centre takes delivery of its first parallel computing system, a 9 processor T800-20 transputer system, beginning the Centre's interest in parallel computing.
  • SIGNIFICANT GRANTS:
    • MC/CSEG secures £65K from EPSRC for modelling of fluidised beds.

1986:

  • Fire Safety Engineering Group is formed by EG.
  • First links formed with UK CAA through the funding of EG's post-doctoral position within the Centre to investigate Manchester Boeing 737 fire. This is the start of a long relationship with the UK CAA. Fire Modelling becomes a major interest of the Centre from the late 1980's onwards.
  • Research work in interaction of sprinklers with fire. This involves incorporating 2 phase flows into fire simulation.
  • High Performance Computing Group (HPCG) is formed with MC as the head.
  • Centre staff put together their first MSc in what is now known as Computational Science and Engineering. Programme received significant support from the EPSRC for 6 student ships per year. In the late 1980's, more support is received from the EU for a further 5 years enabling an additional 30-50 students per year. Notable graduates from the course who would later become members of the Centre include: John Ewer, Nick Croft, Angus Grandison and Kevin McManus.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • CENTRE RESEARCH GROUPS:
      • Computational Science and Engineering Group (CSEG).
      • Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG).
      • High Performance Computing Group (HPCG).
    • Phd STUDENTS:
      • MP becomes the first of the Centre's PhD students to graduate.
      • Ms Nicole Hoffmann becomes the Centre's first PhD student in fire modelling, undertaking research into sprinkler modelling.
    • HARDWARE INFRASTRUCTURE:
      • Centre acquires a MASSCOMP vector processing computer which began the Centre's research in High Performance computing.

1985:

  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • STAFF:
      • Centre's first Post Doc, Dr Ed Galea joins the Centre and work on CFD fire modelling starts with EG in collaboration with NM.

1983:

  • Centre formed by Dr Mark Cross and Dr Nikos Markatos in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computing at Thames Polytechnic (later to become University of Greenwich).
  • Centre has a main focus on Computational Science and Engineering with a particular focus on multi-physics modelling for the casting industries.
  • ENVIRONMENT:
    • CENTRE RESEARCH GROUPS:
      • Computational Science and Engineering Group (CSEG).
    • STAFF:
      • Centre consists of 8 staff: Dr Will Richards (CFD), Dr Mike Bramwell (visualisation), Dr Dilwyn Edwards (modelling), Dr Vaughan Voller (CFD), Dr Brian Knight (software technology) and Dr Don Cowell (software technology).
    • Phd STUDENTS:
      • Mayur Patel is the Centre's first PhD student.