Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering

Developing solutions to complex engineering problems

ZCCE logoOver the last 30 years 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, from slow and expensive experimental testing to efficient and cheap computational modelling.

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

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 how our leading computational research work has made a profound impact on the solution of industrial problems.



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.

Our research groups

Computational Aerospace Engineering and Structures
Computational Biomedical Engineering and Rheology
Computational Energy and Environment
Computational Methods in Engineering
Computational Nanoelectronic Devices
Computational Solids, Structures and Coupled Systems