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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.

In-situ Chemical Measurement and Imaging Diagnostics for Energy Process Engineering

Prof Hugh McCann and Prof Walter Johnstone

Imaging, Data and Communications

The primary focus of the programme proposed here is to build across two universities (Strathclyde and Edinburgh) a world leading UK research, development and applications capability in the field of in-situ chemical and particulate measurement and imaging diagnostics for energy process engineering. Independently, the two university groups already have globally eminent capabilities in laser-based chemical and particulate measurement and imaging technologies. They have recently been working in partnership on a highly complex engineering project (EPSRC FLITES) to realise a chemical species measurement and diagnostic imaging system (7m diameter) that can be used on the exhaust plume of the largest gas turbine (aero) engines for engine health monitoring and fuels evaluation. Success depended on the skills acquired by the team and their highly collaborative partnership working. A key objective is to keep this team together and to enhance their capability, thus underpinning the research and development of industrial products, technology and applications. The proposed grant would also accelerate the exploitation of a strategic opportunity in the field that arises from the above work and from recent recruitment of academic staff to augment their activities. The proposed programme will result in a suite of new (probably hybrid) validated, diagnostic techniques for high-temperature energy processes (e.g. fuel cells, gas turbine engines, ammonia-burning engines, flame systems, etc.). 


Prof Ian Underwood

Integrated Micro and Nano Systems

SmartScroll is a visual assistive technology to boost reading performance, particularly in the partially sighted, dyslexics and professional readers.

TASCC: Pervasive low-TeraHz and Video Sensing for Car Autonomy and Driver Assistance (PATH CAD)

Prof Bernard Mulgrew

Imaging, Data and Communications

This project combines novel low-THz (LTHz) sensor development with advanced video analysis, fusion and cross learning. Using the two streams integrated within the sensing, information and control systems of a modern automobile, we aim to map terrain and identify hazards such as potholes and surface texture changes in all weathers, and to detect and classify other road users (pedestrians, car, cyclists etc.).

The First Open-Source Software for Non-Continuum Flows in Engineering

Prof Jason Reese

Multiscale Thermofluids

This project is both multi-scale and multi-disciplinary, and spans research areas across physics, mechanical engineering, computer science and chemical engineering. Our aim is to produce, for the first time, a general, robust and efficient open-source code for the simulation of non-continuum flows for engineering applications.

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.

Microwave Assisted Gas Separation

Prof Xianfeng Fan

Materials and Processes

CO2 Capture


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.


Prof Vengatesan Venugopal

Energy 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.

Low Power Indoor Positioning Methods

Professor Tughrul Arslan

Integrated Micro and Nano Systems

The project aims to develop a low power low foot-print mobile positioning technology that operates seamlessly both indoors and in urban areas.


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