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TRANSPACC - TRANSient operation of flexible Packings for Carbon Capture

Dr Prashant Valluri

Multiscale Thermofluids

Power plants constitute one of the largest CO2 emitting sectors. With increased emphasis on abatement of emissions to meet the 2030 deadline set by the UK Committee on Climate Change, the power-plant sector is relying on CCS retrofits using post-combustion capture to clean up flue gases. However, despite the highly transient nature of power plant operation characterised by frequent shut-downs and start-ups (up to twice a day), the retrofits are currently designed for a constant base-load operation and hence cannot maintain even liquid distribution during unsteady loading.


Dr Prashant Valluri

Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, Multiscale Thermofluids

Project ThermaSMART is an international and intersectoral network of organisations working on a joint research programme in the area of phase-change cooling of high-power electronic devices.


Prof Venki Venugopal

Energy Systems

This fundamental scientific research aims to investigate the dynamic loading, motion response, impact of vortex induced vibration and its suppression mechanism, and fatigue failure of subsea power cables subjected to combined 3-dimensional waves, currents, and turbulence.

RAPID: ReAl-time Process ModellIng and Diagnostics: Powering Digital Factories

Dr Nicholas Polydorides

Imaging, Data and Communications

Modern manufacturing involves highly controlled and automated processes meticulously designed to deliver products to specific needs within strict specifications and in a cost-efficient and sustainable way. Sensors capture continuous data streams about the state of the process, e.g., equipment and the product, to ensure performance in variable and often harsh conditions — however, the ability to analyse this data in real-time offers unique advantages currently out of reach. Learning to calibrate its operation from sensor data, monitor its health status and make accurate forecasts on product outcomes and maintenance requirements are process attributes of future autonomous factories.

Laser Imaging of Turbine Engine Combustion Species (LITECS)

Dr Chang Liu

Imaging, Data and Communications

The ultimate ambition of the LITECS research programme is to reduce the environmental impact of aviation and industrial gas turbine engines by developing and deploying new measurement technologies to enhance the understanding and modelling of combustion and emissions generation processes and the role of alternative fuels.

PolyWEC: New mechanisms and concepts for exploiting electroactive Polymers for Wave Energy Conversion

Professor David Ingram

Energy Systems

Wave energy has a great potential as renewable source of electricity. Studies have demonstrated that significant percentage of world electricity could be produced by Wave Energy Converters (WECs). However electricity generation from waves still lacks of spreading because the combination of harsh environment and form of energy makes the technical development of cost effective WECs particularly difficult.

SPADnet: Fully Networked, Digital Components for Photon-starved Biomedical Imaging Systems

Dr Robert Henderson

Integrated Micro and Nano Systems

Single photon sensitive detectors for Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

ACCA: Atmospheric Carbon Capture

Professor Khellil Sefiane

Multiscale Thermofluids

Carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion and change in land use are forcing a rapid increase in atmospheric CO2 levels leading to climate change. The initial implementation of plans to reduce the levels of CO2 is based on a combination of increased use of renewable energy and the implementation of carbon capture and storage from industrial sources and power plants on a wide scale.

Powderblade (EU Project)

Conchur O Bradaigh

Materials and Processes

Powderblade was a collaboration of The University of Edinburgh, Eirecomposites Teo, Suzlon Energy and WestBIC. It was a research and development project that used novel engineering methods to modernise the way large wind turbine blades are manufactured and installed.

Signal Processing for a Networked Battlespace

Professor Mike Davies

Imaging, Data and Communications

This research is carried out under the Unversity Defence Research Collaboration (UDRC) funded by the MOD and EPSRC.

The UDRC is a collaborative research project with the work being carried out by two Consortia. Edinburgh Consortium is made of the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and The Queen's University of Belfast. LSSCN Consortium is made up of Loughborough University, University of Surrey, University of Strathclyde, Cardiff University and Newcastle University.



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