Modelling and Simulation

Design and Analysis

Minimising development time and cost, our modelling and simulation services can significantly reduce the amount of physical manufacturing trials and testing required to refine and verify your product design. Our expertise in structural analysis, manufacturing process simulation, and data-driven analysis methods allows us to accurately predict and improve your as-made part’s quality and performance. 

Through material modelling and process simulation, we can accurately simulate the material behaviour and part formation during manufacture. Our highly experienced stress engineers ensure that the products you’re developing are structurally stable and safe. In addition to physics-based models, we leverage the latest artificial intelligence methodologies to accelerate analysis of designs to create data-driven predictions. 

Structural analysis

Our experts can create suitable models to accurately predict your part’s behaviour in their use  environment, to help optimise the design and verify its safety and adherence to appropriate standards. 

We can model a wide range of conditions across a range of sectors and applications, from simple static loading to dynamic analysis for instances like a crash or bird strike, to durability in extreme environments. 

Working with our materials testing team, we can also develop and deliver the required test programmes for creating the input data, and validating the output predictions of performance and failure models. 

Process simulation

Leveraging virtual manufacturing, we can predict and improve the quality, and time to manufacture of your part design before you start to incur costs for physical materials or equipment. This significantly de-risks investment and reduces the amount of trial error required for your product or process development. 

Our industry leading experts for this capability can model a range of composite and non-composite manufacturing processes such as press forming, injection moulding, braiding, resin infusion and curing. 

Artificial Intelligence

In addition to physics-based modelling, we have expertise in artificial intelligence methodologies such as machine learning to develop data-driven predictions that help accelerate design, product and process development. 

Possessing engineering knowledge and artificial intelligence capability, we can acquire the necessary data and employ the correct data science models to solve your problem. 

In partnership with the University of Bristol, the National Composites Centre will be hosting the UK’s most powerful high-performance computer (HPC), Isambard AI, that will accelerate researchers and industry in AI-driven breakthroughs. 

Case studies

  • Read more about Creating the UK’s most powerful supercomputer in Bristol

    Creating the UK’s most powerful supercomputer in Bristol

    The UK's fastest supercomputer, to be known as Isambard-AI, will be 10 times more powerful than the UK’s current fastest supercomputer and among the most powerful in the world when it opens at the National Composites Centre in the summer of 2024.

  • Read more about Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence

    The specific aim of this industrial project was to investigate the challenges associated with the use of advanced digital methods to understand their value and limitations in the automation of aircraft design challenges.

  • Read more about Developing efficient modelling of manufacturing capabilities

    Developing efficient modelling of manufacturing capabilities

    The deployment of manufacturing simulation tools within composites is critical in reducing composite parts costs and in helping a greater range of industries access composites products and utilise their engineering benefits. Accuracy of the predictions and speed of the simulations are the two main challenges for greater use of simulations in the design and manufacturing cycle of a composite part.

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