Developing solutions to complex engineering problems

Since the late 1960s Swansea University has been at the forefront of international research in the area of computational engineering.

We have pioneered the development of numerical techniques, such as the finite element method and associated computational procedures that have enabled the solution of many complex engineering problems.

We have been one of the leading players in revolutionising the industrial engineering analysis practice, using efficient and accurate computational modelling.

Our Coastal Engineering laboratory houses a 30m wave flume which provides facilities for testing wave forces on coastal structures, nearshore hydrodynamics, wave runup and overtopping, nearshore sediment transport and marine renewable energy devices.

In 2016, we expanded in the field of Experimental Aerodynamics with our state of the art wind tunnel, which is used for aerodynamic and aeroelastic research purposes.

The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZCCE) was previously known as the Civil and Computational Engineering Centre (C2EC).

Finite Element Method

Finite Element Method on Mechanical Part

Our pioneering of the Finite Element Method is recognised as one of the top 100 discoveries and developments in UK universities to have changed the world.

The Finite Element Method developed at Swansea University by Professor Olek Zienkiewicz in 1967 has enabled us to take a lead in computational modelling techniques that allow engineers to design ever more challenged structures and processes, with the minimal use of expensive experimental testing.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Computational Fluid Dynamics image of the BLOODHOUND SSC

 Our expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is seen in systems such as the FLITE software used by BAE Systems and Airbus.

The design of the world land speed record beating THRUST SSC was informed by our research in CFD. Due to the success of the last car breaking the sound barrier, our expertise has been called upon to design the aerodynamics for the BLOODHOUND SSC.