Engineering a difference since 1920

From the development of the Finite Element Method at Swansea in the 1960s to our present day research turning buildings into power stations, we strive for our research to have a real impact.

Take a look at our research in action: find out how we have been engineering a difference.

Our Strategic Technology Centres include:

  • Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZCCE)
  • Materials Research Centre (MRC)
  • Systems and Process Engineering Centre (SPEC)
  • Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM)

Find out more about them in the links below.

Finite Element Method

Finite Element Method

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.

Find out more at Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering



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.

Find out how we improved the aerodynamic design process for the aerospace industry, through FLITE, a computational aerodynamics system.