CFMS supports new advanced simulation and modelling industry partnership

CFMS supports new advanced simulation and modelling industry partnership

Bristol, 26th September 2018 - 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.

14151501638 51Dcb03142 ZThe project - announced yesterday (Tuesday 25 September) 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 aereospace 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 £20.4 million fund has been allocated by the EPSRC to facilitate seven projects which will build partnerships between world-leading computational science, industry and academic organisations. 

*Featured image kindly supplied by Rolls-Royce plc.

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About CFMS

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) is a not-for-profit specialist in digital engineering capability. As a trusted and neutral provider, our vision is to be the recognised, independent, digital test bed for the design of high value engineering products and processes.

Facilitating a greater understanding of how a product will perform throughout its lifecycle, our digital test bed forms the foundation for Through-Life Engineering Services, creating a virtual replica of systems and processes used for investigation of options and opportunities, in advance of physical development.

Through four core service lines and activities, we enable our customers to accelerate design and manufacturing productivity and competitiveness for their products, processes and services, adding value through; 

●      Integrated system architectures that can deliver improved performance

●      Greater insight into the performance of products or processes in service

●      More informed decision making based on simulated or real world data

●      Cost effective access to state-of the art computational infrastructure

For further information about how CFMS can help your organisation, visit, call 0117 906 1100 or email


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