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Material Progress – and How to Achieve It

By | Advanced materials, Bioscience and medicine, Energy and climate change, Popular | No Comments
In every sense, we live in a material world and the drive to develop smarter, lighter, more versatile and resilient materials shows no sign of decelerating. Whether designed to withstand brutal operating environments, save energy or bring life-saving medical advances within reach, there’s a constant thirst for the next generation of game-changers – and the UCL Institute for Materials Discovery (IMD) is delivering the innovation, imagination and inspiration needed to succeed. Under its Director, Professor Kwang-Leong Choy, and with a growing network of collaborators – including other SES members plus partners worldwide – the IMD is already an established institute...
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HPC Adds Extra Dimension To The Search For Extraterrestrial Life

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The SES consortium’s Emerald supercomputer is providing UCL astrophysicists with the computing firepower they need to help pinpoint exoplanets capable of supporting alien lifeforms. Unarguably, it is one of the biggest scientific and philosophical questions of all: are we alone in the universe? In the quest for an answer, one of the most important developments in recent decades has been the ability to detect planets circling distant stars. Once such an ‘exoplanet’ has been discovered – and around 2000 have been identified so far – a key step is to establish whether its atmosphere is potentially conducive to supporting life...
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Solving unsteady fluid flows with Hyperflux

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An Innovate UK- and EPSRC-funded project called Hyperflux is bringing together industry and academia to tackle the problem of modeling unsteady fluid flow. Peter Vincent, Senior Lecturer and EPSRC Fellow in the department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, heads up the academic side of this project. His team is working with engineers at CFD company Zenotech and CFMS, an independent centre for modelling and simulation based at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, to create a commercial product called Hyperflux, which will help industry to model these unsteady flows. As of early 2015, the team has already managed the development and rolling...
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