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High performance simulation applied to development of new products and services

Over the course of 10 years Brunel, led by Dr Taylor, has developed high performance simulations using multiple computers and introduced this software to various organisations.

Initially this was of interest to Ford, as they wanted to speed up operations, introduce automation and scale up their engine manufacture. Their existing process for running simulations was labour intensive, took time and was not easy to install. Brunel’s design allowed multiple simulations to run at once, enabling the team at Ford to test their ideas in a safe environment and create alternative approaches.

A successful solution was implemented and still runs today. The software has provided decision support for engine production, is used to advise sites across the world and has ultimately improved efficiency. Ford have continued to refine the system and ideas introduced by us and our relationship remains strong.

Simultaneously, Brunel partnered with Saker Solutions to create their own desktop grid, which has subsequently been implemented at Sellafield. Based on an international standard developed by Brunel, this is the world’s first distributed simulation for nuclear waste reprocessing.

Brunel is now developing the same kind of simulation system using Cloud Computing and Industry 4.0 technologies, as part of an EU H2020 consortium. This successful project has introduced 15 new products to companies across Europe, including 3D insole designers and craft brewers. Industry partners of the CloudSME consortium have formed a spin out company and Brunel is part of its advisory board.

In addition, the consortium has helped craft brewers receive funding from Innovate UK, to develop the software further. Brunel’s strong track record in developing high performance simulation with industry has led to cost saving, productivity increases and the development of new products and services, worth over £3.5 million.