Success stories

There are multiple routes and business models through which STFC can work to create value with our external partners and stakeholders, exploiting our research, facilities, skills and technologies

The following success stories illustrate just some examples of how this continues to be achieved across the STFC landscape:

Making light work of fibre optic optimisation
07 April 2015
Making light work of fibre optic optimisation

Intense computing at the Hartree Centre has enabled researchers from Aston University and the University of Warwick to test pioneering simulation software that could improve fibre optic cable performance.

The drive to design safer vehicles using supercomputers
07 April 2015
The drive to design safer vehicles using supercomputers

The Hartree Centre’s on-demand high performance computing (HPC) service, enCORE, managed by channel partners OCF, has enabled Simpact Engineering Ltd to halve the time required to solve vehicle crashworthiness simulations.

Using intense computing to investigate wind farm effects on coast
07 April 2015
Using intense computing to investigate wind farm effects on coast

Intense computing at the STFC Hartree Centre has enabled the University of Liverpool to gain environmental insights of real value to both the offshore wind energy industry and local communities.

Improving aircraft design simulations with HPC
07 April 2015
Improving aircraft design simulations with HPC

The Hartree Centre provided the high performance computing (HPC) capability needed to enable Dr Neil Ashton of the University of Manchester to develop more complex, more accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models for aircraft designers.

Advancing disease mapping techniques with GSK
07 April 2015
Advancing disease mapping techniques with GSK

Healthcare company GSK is using the Hartree® Centre's intense computing expertise to identify connections between different genes and diseases, with a view to developing more effective treatments.

Understanding advanced material performance
07 April 2015
Understanding advanced material performance

The Hartree Centre’s world-class capabilities shed new light on the performance potential of an advanced polymer developed and manufactured by Victrex for high-temperature, high-pressure and other extreme environments.

Foundations for laser eye surgery
02 December 2014
Foundations for laser eye surgery

Knowledge from STFC’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) was used to develop laser techniques for eye surgery; an industry which generates £400 million per year for the UK.

Using neutrons to investigate stress in aircraft components
21 November 2014
Using neutrons to investigate stress in aircraft components

STFC’s Harwell Imaging Partnership (HIP) has aided Rolls-Royce in evaluating the benefits of fillet rolling on stress in aircraft engine components, by enabling access to STFC’s ISIS neutron and muon facility, as well as to new data analysis software created by STFC’s Scientific Computing Department.

Rapiscan tests new travel security technologies with VELA
10 November 2014
Rapiscan tests new travel security technologies with VELA

Rapiscan Systems have teamed up with University College London (UCL) to use STFC’s VELA (Versatile Electron Linear Accelerator) for innovative testing to develop new technologies for future products.

Spin-out senses global low carbon markets
13 October 2014
Spin-out senses global low carbon markets

SMEs like Oxsensis are supporting the UK’s £128 billion domestic low carbon sector, driving job creation and export growth

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