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Simulation, Connectivity & analytics

The digitisation of AM is a key priority for the NCAM. To this end, extensive simulation, connectivity and analytics research has been carried out across the full AM process chain, most recently showcased through our £14M Digital Reconfigurable AM facility for Aerospace (DRAMA) project. Examples of ongoing research within these areas include:

Capabilities

This area underpins the digitally-connected NCAM and enables practical evaluation and usage of state-of-the-art predictive and analytical capabilities, which can aid the implementation of AM. The key areas of expertise relevant to AM are:

Simulation:

  • AM build process and post processing simulation
  • Powder particle and spreading simulation
  • AM facility layout and process optimisation

Connectivity:

  • Machine-to-cloud integration
  • Digitally-connected AM facilities ("Digital Twin")
  • Digital production process flow

Analytics:

  • Predictive parts and build quality models
  • Vision system performing defect recognition using XCT inspection of AM parts

Additional fundamental capabilities:

  • Numerical methods
  • Finite element / volumes analysis
  • DEM (particle modelling)
  • Analytical methods
  • Multi-physics modelling
  • Simulation automation and app development
  • Programming and scripting
  • Cost modelling
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Business and supply chain modelling
  • Schedule optimisation
  • Virtual assurance

Meet The Team

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Adam Holloway

Principal Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in physics modelling

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Dr. Mikdam Jamal

Principal Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in physics modelling

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Alex Morrison

Advanced Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in data & information systems for AM

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Dr. Simon Montgomery

Senior Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in physics modelling

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Joseph Young

Senior Research Engineer

  • Particular expertise in Business & Factory Optimisation