University of Bath’s rich capability for the DETI consortium

DETI represents a regional hub drawing together complimentary expertise through partners based in the South West to introduce the next generation of game-changing advancements in digital engineering innovations. 

The University of Bath contributes a unique capability through its rich history in science and engineering. DETI brings together engineering and digital expertise at the University of Bath that will deliver new innovations in manufacturing and the design process. This expertise includes engineers working on real-time sensing and AI optimisation to introduce highly flexible manufacturing processes that are more time efficient, reduce wastage and produce a superior end-product. Surrogate simulation models will also be developed that will generate datasets to feedback into training and improving AI capability. This will minimise the need for costly physical testing and experimentation prior to manufacture.

The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems is a new state-of the-art-facility lead by the University of Bath. Due to open its doors in 2021, IAAPS will build on University of Bath’s leading research capability and innovation through collaboration with multiple commercial partners in addressing challenges in powertrain technology. IAAPS will be contributing to DETI through development of a new holistic approach to design. This approach will embed all aspects of a vehicle in the overall design process incorporating materials, functional behaviour, system requirements and manufacturability.

Innovations in digital technology cut across the DETI ethos as well many aspects of the Government’s industrial strategy. The University of Bath has leading capability in digital innovation; for example as the lead organisation in the national Institute of Coding as well as the University’s Centre for Analysis of Motion, Entertainment and Research Applications (CAMERA) which has just received ongoing support from the EPSRC.

As part of the DETI programme, University of Bath academics from the Department of Computer Science will be working with engineers to develop an AI toolbox for engineering applications that will achieve toolchain integration.  This will lead to advanced automation of the design process that will, for example, enable engineers to initiate development of inspection of the manufacturing process earlier in the lifecycle than ever before. In addition, academics in the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering will be implementing an Electric Vehicle Power Train model and simulation framework for design automation of the EV power train system, to enable virtual prototyping, detailed analysis and optimization.

The evolving multidisciplinary approach to address engineering challenges is driving the need for engineers to apply knowledge in areas outside of a specific specialism. The collaborative opportunities between technical fields that DETI presents further highlights the usefulness of ‘T-model’ learning. The University of Bath is at the forefront of driving this interdisciplinary approach through its EPSRC Centre for Doctoral training in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems and UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent (AI ART).

In addition, the University of Bath offers a range of expertise in areas relevant to the deployment of technology being developed through the DETI programme. This includes procurement and supply chain within its School of Management, policy research, as well as expertise in life-cycle cost analysis and the circular economy.

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