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  • The aim is to develop a new understanding of the micromechanics of railway trackbed subjected to dynamic loads induced by high speed trains. This should lead to safer design of high-speed railway systems which require less maintenance and, therefore, are more sustainable.

    Research Themes: 

    • Granular Mechanics and Industrial Infrastructure
    DEM simulation of experimental trackbed at Zhejiang University
  • Funding (ca. £3m) has been secured from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Government, Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and ETP Member Universities to establish a Knowledge Exchange (KE) Network. This will catalyse and accelerate KE activity between academia and SMEs, thereby increasing innovation, advancing the development of the low carbon economy in Scotland and supporting Scotland, UK and the EU to meet ambitious 2020 low carbon targets.

    Research Themes: 

    • Offshore Renewable Energy
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  • EURECA, the Effects of Utilisation in Real-time on Electricity Capacity Assessments, investigates the operating regimes of thermal power plants in future generation portfolios with large amounts of variable renewable energy sources (VRE). The impacts of additional VRE and energy storage capacity on the operating profiles and flexibility of thermal power plans are investigated using a unit commitment and energy storage optimisation model.

    Research Themes: 

    • Power Systems
  • The Scottish Government is committed to promoting substantial sustainable growth in its marine renewable industries. Agreements for sea bed leases are already in place for 2GW of wave and tidal developments, and projects are progressing through the licensing process. Strategic marine planning for future phases of wave, tidal and offshore wind development is now in progress. For marine renewables to significantly contribute to the low-carbon energy mix towards 2050, significant offshore development in the form of very large scale arrays will be needed.

    Research Themes: 

    • Energy and Climate Change
  • The general objective of CleanCOALtech project is: to create and develop an educational and training system for promoting, developing and implementing clean coal technologies, through knowledge and best practices shared from advanced EU country – UK to South-East European region – Romania and Greece in order to provide high performance and innovation in the vocational education and training systems and to raise stakeholders level of knowledge and skills.

    Research Themes: 

    • Carbon Capture and Separation Processes
  • The aim is to develop a new understanding of the micromechanics of railway trackbed subjected to dynamic loads induced by high speed trains. This should lead to safer design of high-speed railway systems which require less maintenance and, therefore, are more sustainable.

    Research Themes: 

    • Granular Mechanics and Industrial Infrastructure
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    Research Themes: 

    • Granular Mechanics and Industrial Infrastructure
    The shear vane test model built with the DEM software EDEM. [Note: the grey colour represents the vane and consists of two perpendicular blades and the rigid solid particles were generated in fixed boundary];
  • Practical marine energy resources are subject to social and ecological constraints, such as conflict with other users of the sea and environmental protection. This research aims to contribute to a greater understanding of the practical constraints on marine energy developments, the extent to which they may limit the amount of power available for extraction and, most importantly, how energy production may be optimised within the limits set by these constraints. 

    Research Themes: 

    • Offshore Renewable Energy
  • To enlarge the scale of discrete element modelled particulate system from spherical to nonspherical; to increase the computational efficiency of simulating the nonspherical system; to provide more insights of particulate solid mechanics in engineering applications.

    Research Themes: 

    • Granular Mechanics and Industrial Infrastructure
  • The research in this project will focus on modelling full resource-to-wire dynamic models of tidal arrays in order to investigate and optimise their operation.  The expected impact of this study is providing industry with an understanding and guidelines of the applicability of the different electrical layouts to specific locations and size of the arrays.

    • Compare different generator technologies and control theories
    • Validate models using real measured data
    • Perform harmonic analysis and accurate loss modelling based on temperature/frequency variations
    • Suggest cost-effective solutions for device developers

    Research Themes: 

    • Electrical Power Conversion
    Tidal Turbine

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