Engineering and the Environment

Research Group: Computational Engineering and Design

Head of Group: Professor Neil W Bressloff

The CED Group carries out multidisciplinary research using a range of analytical, computational and experimental techniques. Our strength lies in this sophisticated mix of engineering methods, coupled with industrial applications.

Currently Active: Yes

Group Overview

We aim to be a centre of excellence for multidisciplinary engineering simulation and design which combines a range of analytical, computational and experimental techniques. Our strength lies in this sophisticated mix of engineering methods, coupled with industrial applications: a particular focus for our activities over the next few years will be the development of grid-based, problem-solving services for use by academia and industry.

Our primary research interests fall into three broad themed areas:

  • design search and optimisation
  • applied computational modelling
  • computational methods

These span cost modelling, design optimisation, solid material modelling, computational fluid dynamics, computational electromagnetics, repetitive structures, contact mechanics, structural dynamics and computational methods.

We host the Southampton Regional e-Science Centre, the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Computational Engineering and the Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing. Our recently refurbished and dedicated building is equipped with numerous workstations, video conferencing facilities and high-speed parallel and clustered processor systems. Activities include the use of computational methods for studying design and related problems in fluids, structures, control systems and biomechanics, evolutionary optimisation, construction of advanced cost-prediction systems, optimisation of metamodelled, approximate or noisy systems and analysis of robustness.

Contact us

  • Computational Engineering and Design
    Engineering and the Environment
    Building 25
    University of Southampton
    Highfield Campus
    Southampton SO17 1BJ

    Tel: +44 (0)23805 94888


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Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):


Hart, E.E., Sobester, A., Djidjeli, K., Molinari, M., Thomas, K.S. and Cox, S.J. (2012) A geometry optimization framework for photonic crystal design. Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications, 10, (1), 25-35. (doi:10.1016/j.photonics.2011.06.005).
Bressloff, Neil W., Pant, Sanjay, Limbert, Georges and Curzen, Nick (2011) Multi-objective design optimisation of coronary stents. Biomaterials, 32, (31), 7755-7773. (doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.07.059). (PMID:21821283).
Fangohr, H., Chernyshenko, D., Franchin, Matteo, Fischbacher, Thomas and Meier, G. (2011) Joule heating in nanowires. Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 84, (5), 054437-[12pp]. (doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.84.054437).
Carrese, Robert, Sobester, Andras, Winarto, Hadi and Li, Xiaodong (2011) Swarm heuristic for identifying preferred solutions in surrogate-based multi-objective engineering design. AIAA Journal, 49, (7), 1437-1449. (doi:10.2514/1.J050819).
Fischbacher, Thomas, Franchin, Matteo and Fangohr, Hans (2011) Micromagnetic simulations of magnetoelectric materials. Journal of Applied Physics, 109, (07D352), 109-112. (doi:10.1063/1.3565999).
Cheung, Julie (2011) An overview of applying value-driven design to civil aviation systems. Project Control Professional, 49, (2)
Chan, K.T., Lai, K.F., Stephen, N.G. and Young, K. (2011) A new method to determine the shear coeffcient of Timoshenko beam theory. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 1-16. (Submitted).
Chan, K.T., Stephen, N.G. and Young, K. (2011) Perturbation theory and the Rayleigh quotient. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 330 (doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2010.11.001).

Conference or Workshop Item

Denchfield, S., Winden, B., Brooks, Christopher James, Turnock, S.R., Hudson, D.A., Forrester, Alexander I.J. and Taunton, D.J. (2011) Wireless sensor network for determining boat motions and hydroelastic responses. In, Second International Conference on Advanced Model Measurement Technology for EU Maritime Industry (AMT' 11), Newcastle upon Tyne, GB, 14pp.
Cheung, Julie, Scanlan, Jim and Wiseall, Steve (2011) Some industrial challenges for implementing value-driven design. In, 2nd International Air Transport and Operations Symposium, Delft, NL, 28 - 29 Mar 2011. 11pp.


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