A TSB project (37972-241197) with a visualisation component has been approved within the Towards Zero Prototyping programme.

Titled 'In silico evaluation of manufacturing concepts for non-Newtonian products' this collaborates with Prof Rob Prosser (University of Manchester), Drs Charles Moulinec and Rob Allan (STFC/SCD), Prof Adam Kowalski (Unilever) and CDDMtec to integrate computer CFD simulation, on the Hartee systems, with tomographic 3D image capture; and add the human-in-the-loop. This two year project started in 2015.

Dates etc:

12/8/2015: CDDMTec paperwork being considered for six month extension of project to agree on contracts. A 5 month suspension for the project has been submitted to InnovateUK and no costs in September are eligible as the project is on hold.

9 July 2014 Workplan for project are being set-up draft one for visualisation and HPC element from DL are here:

Work Package 5: High Performance Computing & Visualisation

Start date : 01/09/2014 Anticipated total man-days: 4.8 mths

End date : 31/08/2016

Work Package Leader: Daresbury (DL)

Contributing Partners: Collaboration with ALL other partners

Work Package Objectives:

  • Transfer & install simulations from UoM to Daresbury
  • Optimise HPC to minimise run time
  • Visualisation of mixing performance and means for ranking
  • Implement batch run of multiple designs
  • Develop feature scale comparison between CFD & ERT

Description of work

D5.1 and D5.3 The key stage of the WP for this project is to optimise the various versions of the UoM non-Newtonian CFD code to run on the STFC computational facilities. A secure data flow mechanism will be created to provide remote submission and monitoring to simplify the batch processing and aid in the initial analysis of the simulations. This is putting the human in the computational loop.

D5.2 A second role carried out by DL is in compositing the computational reconstructed simulation with the experimental Electrical Resistance Tomography results allowing feature scale comparison to occur. It is proposed that this will aid in the development of improvements within the complete design cycle.

Specialist High Performance visualisation machines are indirectly linked to the simulation data storage devices and will allow side-by-side comparisons with the simulations to occur as soon as possible: resulting in D5.3.

Equipment and Facilities

50% of the resources are there to fund the use of Hartree computation and visualisation facilities. This is available and will be managed by the DL team. There are periods of maintenance etc., which will be managed to gain efficient use of the system.

Summary of Deliverables : Detail the planned external (E) and internal (I) deliverables




External /



Due Date

Comments / Notes


CFD code on Hartree System



M9 and M15

Transfer Simulations and Optimise. This is for Code-Saturne setup on the Hartee System including GPFS file system links (2mths)


Visualisation modes for CFD & ERT data




Visualisation of mixing performance and means for ranking; and Develop feature scale comparison between CFD & ERT (2 mths)


Interactive and batch design runs.




Implement batch run of multiple designs for the improved development cycle (0.8 mth)


Items which must be available for this Work Package


  • D5.1 is dependent on D4.3
  • D5.2 is dependent on D2.2 and D4.3
  • D5.3 is a support role to “Relevant” partners
  • DL and ALL

30 June 2014 Initial pre-kick-off meeting was in Manchester.



- New workflow that accelerates product innovation in R&D. Must have

- Experimental data set with Newtonian, non-Newtonian models followed by emulsion or other product (eg Hair conditioner)

- Benchmarking of Sonolator against CDDM.

- Incorporating the mixer into a filler to increase responsiveness and reduce waste in conventional manufacturing. Demonstrator

- design & optimisation of a mixing platform for a point of sale machine for personalised products.


- Scale-up rules for CDDM design

- Experimental data set for CDDM with Newtonian, non-Newtonian models followed by emulsion or other product.

- Demonstrator – emulsions would fit


- New modelling for multiscale physics problems. Particular challenges for CDDM may include wall effects, evolving rheology, transitional flow, separating flows.

- New imaging techniques (eg RAL capabilities) or extension of own expertise in ERT


- Prototyping of closed loop design incorporating CFD, tomography visualisation of flows.

- New imaging techniques (eg RAL)


- Provide top quality project management & administrative support

Action All

2nd level plan contribution by 14th July

Complete 2nd level plan as circulated by Ed. Individual responsibilities are as follows and includes liaison with other interested parties

WP1 – Ctech WP2 – UL WP3 - CDDMtec

WP4 – UoM WP5 – Daresbury WP6 – UL

For each WP

- a few deliverables are required (maybe up to 7)

- milestones which bring together deliverables for different WP and at end of WP

Action Adam

- Circulate word versions of project documents (see attachments)

- Also attached is presentation I used yesterday

- Please feel free to cut and paste data from these for the 2nd level plan

Action Ed

Rationalise 2nd level plan in preparation for 21st July telcon

Action Adam

Send out meeting request and dial in details for 21st July telcon


24 April 2014 Our TSB Project with a visualisation component has been approved within the Towards Zero Prototyping programme. The introduction by Paul Tuffs within the New Projects Workshop session to go through the bureaucratic reporting and costing system was going so well until he showed the reporting information pathway graph. Should be a good project and see outcomes here in the next two years.


We are one of 11 projects on the Towards Zero Prototyping call (apologise for the poor quality from my camera phone).


-- MartinTurner - 08 Jul 2014

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