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EPSRC Reference: EP/X035751/1
Title: High End Computing Consortium for Wave Structure Interaction HEC WSI
Principal Investigator: Greaves, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Ma, Professor Q Qian, Professor L Poulter, Dr G
Yan, Professor S Lee, Dr Y Mahfoze, Dr OA
Tabor, Professor G Rouainia, Dr M Zang, Professor J
Ransley, Dr E Guo, Dr X Longshaw, Dr SM
Margetts, Professor L
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
AquaSpira Arup Group Ltd Cardiff University
Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Dalian University of Technology Engys Ltd (UK)
HydroWing Imperial College London Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Int Ctr for Numerical Methods in Eng Jiangsu Uni of Science & Technology Kyoto University
Lancaster University National Research Council (CNR) Italy National University of Ireland Maynooth
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult OpenCFD Limited Swansea University
UK Association for Computational Mechani University of Cambridge University of Edinburgh
University of Oxford University of Southampton University of Strathclyde
University of Stuttgart University of Warwick
Department: Sch of Eng, Comp and Math (SECaM)
Organisation: University of Plymouth
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 03 January 2023 Ends: 02 January 2027 Value (£): 355,960
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Coastal & Waterway Engineering Software Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Water
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
22 Nov 2022 High End Computing Consortia Full Proposal Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The High End Computing Consortium for Wave Structure Interaction (HEC WSI) is a new and emerging communities consortium that represents the established community of researchers in wave structure interaction that are working together through the support of the CCP-WSI+ (Collaborative Computational Project on Wave Structure Interaction plus). This brings together a community of researchers in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and computational structure mechanics (CSM) who are developing and applying fully coupled wave structure interaction numerical modelling tools suitable for the latest challenges in coastal and ocean engineering, and other wave structure interaction (WSI) free surface flow problems, such as sloshing in containers and liquid fuels, and would benefit from access to significant HPC resource. The consortium addresses underpinning research applicable to Net Zero and Decarbonisation solutions aligned with UK Government strategy and will enable new science and innovation unlocked by access to high-end computing capabilities for solving WSI problems in these areas.

The consortium will make significant technical developments of software codes to enhance their suitability for high-end computing. These will include optimising key codes used within the WSI community to achieve better scalability of the multi-phase solvers, developing tools to allow interoperability between the solvers for fluids and solid mechanics, developing coupling strategies between wave, wind, rigid body and hydro elastics models for different applications in costal/ocean engineering and related areas, and also developing AI/ML surrogate modelling tools informed by high fidelity WSI simulations utilising the aforementioned developments.

The consortium will maximise the involvement of the whole community working on coastal and ocean engineering and related areas. These will include providing the opportunity for researchers in the community to port and benchmark their own codes and to use the software codes supported by the consortium on the HPC resource. The HEC WSI will also provide opportunities for early career researchers to learn and become proficient in using HPC resources and will serve as a forum to communicate research and share HEC WSI expertise within the WSI community, helping to promote the highest quality engineering research and provide leadership in developing strategic agendas for the WSI community.

The success of this consortium will be ensured by supporting the existing wide CCP-WSI+ network of over 200 researchers, spanning academia and industry in 5 continents working on WSI, ORE (offshore renewable energy) and other relevant applications and sectors. The community will be strengthened and consolidated through this project. The HEC WSI will expand the volume of users, provide support for the WSI and wider community and significantly enhance WSI codes for them to be used on HPCs and most advanced high-end computing systems by the end of this project.
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