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EPSRC Reference: EP/S005072/1
Title: Strategic Partnership in Computational Science for Advanced Simulation and Modelling of Engineering Systems - ASiMoV
Principal Investigator: Parsons, Professor MI
Other Investigators:
Petrinic, Professor N Hills, Professor D Richardson, Dr CN
Jarvis, Professor S Jerusalem, Professor A Korsunsky, Professor AM
Mudalige, Dr GR Wells, Professor GN McIntosh-Smith, Professor SN
Nunez-Yanez, Dr J
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
CFMS Ltd Rolls-Royce Plc Zenotech Ltd
Department: Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre
Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 October 2018 Ends: 30 September 2023 Value (£): 6,327,661
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Aerodynamics Computer Sys. & Architecture
Continuum Mechanics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
24 Jul 2018 Prosperity Partnerships Interview Panel Announced
14 Jun 2018 Prosperity Partnerships Prioritisation Panel 2 - June 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The strategic vision of this Prosperity Partnership for Advanced Simulation and Modelling of Virtual Systems (ASiMoV) is to enable the research and development of the next generation of engineering simulation and modelling techniques. Our aim is to achieve the world's first high fidelity simulation of a complete gas-turbine engine during operation, simultaneously including the effects of thermo-mechanics, electromagnetics, and CFD. This level of simulation will require breakthroughs at all levels, including physical models, numerical solvers, algorithms, software infrastructure, and Exascale HPC hardware. Our partnership uniquely combines fundamental engineering and computational science research with two high tech SMEs and Rolls-Royce plc to address a challenge that is well beyond the capabilities of today's numerical solvers.

Simulation and modelling, enabled by high performance computing, have transformed the way products are designed and engineered. The technology developed for the Trent XWB, the world's most efficient aero engine, could only have been achieved through simulation and modelling. However, next generation products will place demands on simulation that cannot be met by incremental changes to current techniques. The ACARE Flightpath 2050 goals demand fundamental changes to engine architectures and the 2015 Aerospace Technology Institute Propulsion Strategy identified "virtual certification" as a key technology needed in the 2025-30 timeframe. The journey to virtual certification is an incremental one requiring a thorough evidential database to convince the certification authorities that the analysis can be trusted. It will move forward on a number of fronts. One of those is the whole engine tests to certify operational performance and thrust.

Our driving ambition is to realise new simulation technology for the ultra-high resolution and extreme scale needed for meaningful virtual certification models. For Rolls-Royce, virtual certification will bring a major business transformation requiring unprecedented trust in simulation and fundamental changes to design processes and skills. Estimated cost savings for virtual certification are measured in the many £millions per engine programme; but, we also estimate that each simulation will require a billion core hours. At this scale, savings from computational cost and performance optimisation will be £millions per design study. Hence the need for ASiMoV to push forward the boundaries of numerical modelling and simulation on the next generation of Exascale supercomputers.
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