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We conduct leading research, development and consultancy in the field of innovative and sustainable construction materials and technologies.
We carry out research projects at the forefront of architectural design, practice and technology, with academic publications leading to significant public and professional impact.
We conduct innovative research and consultancy in sustainable building design and environmental engineering, including renewable energy and energy efficiency.
We have worked with over 120 other organisations since 2007 ranging academia to industry.
We have a strong partnership with the National Composites Centre (NCC) to develop and exploit new research ideas in conjunction with our industrial collaborators.
Our work in the Composites Technology Centre (UTC) supported by Rolls-Royce is developing new analysis capabilities that can be used to design and manufacture composite components.
We have several major collaborative UK research programmes funded by EPSRC, including the £6M High Performance Ductile Composite Technologies Programme with Imperial College London and the £10M Future Composites Manufacturing Hub with the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester, Cranfield, Southampton and Imperial College. These programmes aim to revolutionise the design and manufacture of composites.
BRE Trust Centre for Sustainable Engineering paves the way for a new generation of digital buildings that have lifelong resilience and adaptability to their environment, usage and occupancy.
Materials for Life (M4L) aims to create a sustainable and resilient built environment and infrastructure, with materials and structures that continually monitor, regulate, adapt and repair themselves without the need for external intervention. These self-healing materials and intelligent structures significantly enhance durability and serviceability, improve safety and reduce maintenance costs.
Mechanical & Structural Research Group focusses on increased usage, reduced maintenance costs and improved safety in high-value structures and systems such as buildings, bridges, or aircraft components. Working across aerospace, automotive, civil and manufacturing, research focuses on the design, validation, analysis and inspection of a wide range of advanced materials and structures.
Architectural Science Group (ASG) is a multi-disciplinary group including building physicists, environmental scientists, engineers, architects and social scientists who carry out research in the field of sustainability, environmental design and energy use in the built environment.
School of Geography & Planning focuses on four themes: environment; social and cultural geography; spatial planning and analysis; and economic and political geographies.
High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Group has valuable impacts and applications in manufacturing industry and a strong track record of collaborative research with industrial partners, including Airbus, BAE Systems, Bosch, Qioptiq, Renishaw, Sony and Tata Steel.
PARC Institute of Manufacturing, Logistics and Inventory is a joint initiative with industry in the fields of logistics and manufacturing management. Research specialises in supply chain forecasting and modelling, inventory control, transportation science, logistics business modelling and freight economics.
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems (CAMSAC) is an interdisciplinary research centre with a strong reputation for internationally leading research, that takes a holistic view of manufacturing systems, considering the whole manufacturing value chain, and encompassing the complete product and process lifecycle.
The centre provides access to academic research, material testing and analysis facilities and knowledge of new, sustainable materials.
Southampton’s School of Engineering generates innovative solutions to real-world problems based on robust science. Motivated by societal needs, our research aligns with the priorities set out in the UK Industrial Strategy, covering key themes such as:
Southampton also offers several world class research groups undertaking fundamental and applied research of interest to transforming construction:
Agents, interaction and complexity: Complex socio‐technical, socio‐economic and socio‐ecological systems; including understanding and building systems in which autonomous entities (biological organisms/ humans/ software agents/ robots) interact to achieve individual /collective goals.
Computational Engineering and Design: Multidisciplinary engineering simulation and design, combining analytical, computational and experimental techniques. Spanning cost modelling, design optimisation, solid material modelling, computational fluid dynamics, computational electromagnetics, repetitive structures, contact mechanics, and structural dynamics.
Dynamics Group and the Institute for Sound and Vibration: Cover a wide range of interests in the modelling, measurement and control of structural vibrations. From theoretical studies, through the development of numerical tools and experimental measurement techniques to specific engineering applications.
Energy Technologies: Cutting-edge research underpinning sustainable energy technologies; organised around eight research laboratories covering energy efficiency, emerging technologies and sustainability; and the social, economic and environmental impact of these technologies.
Engineering Materials: The physical processes and interactive mechanisms in materials that affect the performance of engineering systems. This knowledge is transferred into engineering technologies through enhanced materials performance and improved designs.
Infrastructure: Covering geomechanics, structures and construction; and contributing to fundamental knowledge in groundwater control, retaining walls, landfill engineering, soil behaviour, structural repair techniques and the safety of offshore structures.
Smart Electronic Materials and Systems: Systems and materials for sensing industrial, environmental or biological parameters. Expertise ranges from nanoscale electronic materials through to complete wireless sensor systems for the Internet of Things.
Sustainable Energy: The efficient use of energy in the built environment; covering Cities and Infrastructure, Energy for Development, Data and Modelling, Energy and Buildings, Environmental Impacts, Microgeneration Technologies and Renewable Energy (Solar Photovoltaics and Marine).
Engineering materials bridge the gap between the physical sciences, where understanding of atomic and molecular phenomena help explain fundamental behaviours, and engineering structures where practical applications of such phenomena are realised.
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