N8 HPC Network Event encourages cross discipline collaboration in Multiscale Computational Mechanics

Prof Silverstre- Pinho at the N8 HPC Networking Event
N8 HPC Networking Event

The N8 HPC and Insigneo held a joint Network Event on 30th October foccusing on the thriving area of Multiscale Computational Mechanics, as part of an ongoing series of collaborative Network Events organised across N8.

The event brought together members of the N8 community who share a common interest

to focus on structural continuum, computational methods and structural applications. More than 60 attendees joined sponsors Allinea, Anysis, Dassault Systemes, and Dell at the University of Sheffield’s historic Sir Frederick Mappin Building.

Multiscale computing is often multidisciplinary and this was reflected by the diverse range of researchers hosted at the event, covering a broad range of topics. The Network Event focused on encouraging collaboration and information sharing across the bioengineering, materials, tribology, aeronautics and civil engineering disciplines.

Multiscale methods need to be developed across scales in order to design and manufacture safer, more reliable and more effective products that are essential to maintaining the UK’s leading position in academic and industrial research. However, in order to tackle the great complexity associated with multiscale approaches, an efficient computational approach must be developed. Often it is necessary to harness High Performance Computing (HPC) systems to perform the large calculations needed. This makes the cross discipline collaboration and knowledge sharing essential to ensuring that effective innovation is occurring in the associated fields.

One example of this, explained at the event, is Dassault Systemes’ Living Heart Project. The project unites leading cardiovascular researchers, educators, medical device developers, regulatory agencies, and practicing cardiologists to develop and validate highly accurate personalized digital human heart models.

N8 HPC Associate Technical Director, Robin Pinning, commented:

“Whether it is bioengineering or automotive and aerospace, complex multiscale methods are often essential. Therefore, drawing academic and industrial researchers across disciplines together to mutually inform each other on the latest multiscale approaches in their fields is essential to successfully sharing information, insight and expertise.

“Collaboration of this nature is at the heart of the N8 Research Partnership and the N8 HPC Multiscale Computational Mechanics event was yet another fine example of this.”