CFMS to lead Future Engineering System Research Project
Bristol, 6th July 2016 - The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) has announced it will be leading the Future Engineering System (FES) Project.
With a project value of £4.22m, FES began on 1st April 2016 and will run for three years, completing in 2019. The project is supported by the joint industry and government aerospace R&D funding programme, delivered as a partnership between the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Innovate UK.
FES brings together CFMS, aerospace prime Rolls-Royce, leading global engineering and technology services company Siemens, systems integrator Sysemia and digital quality specialist eQ-Technologic with academic specialists from the Sheffield Advanced Computing Research Centre and Leeds University Socio-Technical Centre. The consortium will develop and demonstrate a prototype future engineering system infrastructure to fully integrate engineering data sources within the process lifecycle management (PLM) tool chain. Within the FES, the project will demonstrate the integration of raw data from CFD and FEA analyses via JT Open to Siemens PLM, with Uncertainty Quantification and Management (UQ&M) functions and automated agent-based quality control. This will be exercised against real industrial use cases from Rolls Royce and demonstrated within a prototype system at CFMS. Dissemination to the wider community – including the aerospace, civil, automotive and renewable energy sectors – will be via a programme of open events.
Sam Paice, Chief Operating Officer, CFMS, commented, “Creation of complex, high-value aerospace products & components is underpinned by Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems. PLM allows companies to manage the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost effectively, from ideation, design and manufacture, through service and disposal. To date, the high volume and complex format of such raw engineering data sources has made it difficult to handle within PLM. Thus the opportunity to actively manage transient data; correlation of related data sources and uncertainty in those data sources from within a unified platform is lost. Alternative integration platforms for engineering analysis data sources do exist. FES will demonstrate the reduced effort required to integrate packages into enterprise systems. Hosted at CFMS, it will provide a platform for wider dissemination and community engagement.”
More information about FES and other research programmes that CFMS participates in can be found here.
The project is receiving funding from the aerospace R&D programme, a £3.9 billion joint funding commitment from industry and government to support projects which build on the UK’s strengths and develop the products and manufacturing technologies that will best position the UK to sustain its global competitiveness. The programme is delivered in partnership between the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Innovate UK and the Aerospace Technology Institute. The commitment was made in 2013 and the 2015 Spending Review announced that the funding would be extended by 6 years to 2025 to 2026, worth an additional £900 million from the government.
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