College of Engineering
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Head of College of Engineering
Specialist Subjects: Computational Materials Science
Professor Stephen Brown is Head of the College of Engineering at Swansea University with a PhD in metallurgy (1986, Swansea University) and has spent his career in the computational modelling of materials processing. He became Professor of Computational Materials Science in 2007.
Apart from UK-centred research projects with various industrial collaborators (e.g. Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel, Airbus/EADS) he has previously worked a range of EU-funded projects in FP5 (e.g. SmartWeld) and FP6 (e.g. ALCAS). He coordinated 14 active partners in the work-package on computational materials modelling in the FP6 IMPRESS project (project value €40million); graded at the top level by two EU assessors. A recently completed FP7 project (concerning multiscale modelling and characterisation for hydrogen-embrittlement problems) was ‘MultiHy’ and Swansea is also part of the current ‘AMAZE’ FP7 project.
As deputy director of the pan-Wales ASTUTE project, the main focus is modelling work for numerous materials problems covering a variety of time and length scales. This work has enjoyed close collaboration with UK and European manufacturers.
Some recent and ongoing projects include:
Full scale Discrete Element Method (DEM) model of a large scale Ball Mill.
Full scale Discrete Element Method (DEM) model of Nickel pellet production process.
Full scale Discrete Element Method (DEM) model of the charging of a blast furnace.
New project work has now begun involving Lattice-Boltzmann Modelling of Additive Layer Manufacturing (new EU-FP7 Research Project with European Space Agency).