Hyperflux 'Towards Zero Prototyping' programme funded by Innovate UK and ESPRC

Hyperflux 'Towards Zero Prototyping' programme funded by Innovate UK and ESPRC

Hyperflux is one of several funded projects within the ‘Towards Zero Prototyping’ Programme run by Innovate UK together with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). 

CFMS is leading the integration and dissemination activities from its supercomputer facility at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, working with Imperial College, experts in High-order methods (HOMs) and cloud high performance computing (HPC) specialist Zenotech. With a project value of £725,000, Hyperflux began on 1st September 2014 and will run for two years with an estimated completion of 31st August 2016.

3D 1The aim of the ‘Towards Zero Prototyping’ programme is to help UK manufacturers to improve their design processes, speeding up the design cycle, reducing costs and creating better designs, thereby improving the UK’s competitiveness. Up to £5.5m is being invested by Innovate UK and ESPRC in collaborative R&D that develops and extends the use of novel modelling and simulation techniques, enabling product and process designers and manufacturers to reduce the need for physical prototypes.

Hyperflux Project Scope

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is used in a wide range of engineering sectors for the analysis and design of products – from aircraft to racing cars and jet turbines.  Current CFD technology is lacking in accuracy and efficiency for unsteady flow problems (including acoustics) and for resolving shed vortices and wakes.  This is a real problem for industry: expensive physical prototypes are still required since computational tools are unreliable for these unsteady flow phenomena. 

High-order methods (HOMs) provide a potential solution, providing higher fidelity solutions than currently achievable with low-order schemes on unstructured grids. Dr. Peter Vincent and his group at Imperial College are experts in this field - underpinned by an EPSRC Early Career Fellowship and DTA PhD Studentships. The group are working with technical specialists at the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) and cloud high performance computing (HPC) specialist Zenotech to create a prototype software base for industrial evaluation. HOMs has the potential to speed up the design cycle, reduce costs and improve products.  A number of commercial aerospace organisations and industry associations have agreed to contribute a test case to evaluate the prototype software – validating and verifying it against existing data and processes, and providing feedback on the impact on the need for physical prototyping. One KTN is directly engaged to provide additional dissemination.

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The software prototype will embody the latest in high-performance computing, particularly heterogeneous configurations of conventional and many-core processors for speed and energy efficiency.  Via remote (cloud) access to its virtual engineering hub, CFMS will make the prototype software available to other sectors (civil engineering, automotive and renewable energy) and support its uptake with local specialists. Hyperflux will be a shared UK-based software tool, underpinned by expertise within the UK. This is in line with government strategies for HVM and ICT, and forms a cornerstone for the new UK aerodynamics ATI. This will further establish a centre of expertise in the application of the new models to on-ramp new users – particularly SMEs.

About CFMS

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) provides access to an on demand high performance computing cluster, which enables organisations to predict and analyse the behaviour of new systems and products under development using advanced simulation tools. Additional services provided by CFMS include; numerical simulation expertise, research project management and a testing laboratory offering a secure environment.

As a not-for-profit organisation, CFMS provide a neutral area for large and small companies to collaborate and use these tools to examine their technologies while in the design phase, delivering significant time and cost savings. 

For further information about how CFMS can help your business call 0117 906 1100 or email info@cfms.org.uk

About Zenotech

Zenotech delivers innovative cloud-based tools, enabling customers to be more agile in reacting to market changes; more flexible day-to-day and better controlling costs.

We provide fast turn-around; flexibility, affordability and green energy-efficiency using state-of-the-art high-performance computing. This is achieved by using cloud technologies developed for the gaming industry.  Customers can use our tools without having to significantly invest to change their processes. Industrial organisations and technology partners gain competitive advantage and add value to their own products and expertise. We provide independent evidence to support corporate carbon credentials.  We provide consulting services for technology strategy, computational engineering and high performance computing.

For further information visit www.zenotech.com

About Imperial College

Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research that attracts 14,000 students and 6,000 staff of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business, delivering practical solutions that improve quality of life and the environment – underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture.

Since its foundation in 1907, Imperial’s contributions to society have included the discovery of penicillin, the development of holography and the foundations of fibre optics. This commitment to the application of research for the benefit of all continues today, with current focuses including interdisciplinary collaborations to improve global health, tackle climate changes, develop sustainable sources of energy and address security challenges.

For further information visit www.imperial.ac.uk

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