ERPE Research Impact

Research that has a huge impact on society and industry has emerged from across our four themes. In these case studies we highlight some of our achievements over recent years.

ERPE has developed a low temperature 5,120 pixel astronomical detector for a sub-millimetre camera operating at wavelengths of 450 and 850 microns. The SCUBA-2 camera, installed on the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope, scans the sky an unprecedented 200 times faster than its predecessor.

The important ERPE contributions to wave tank design are:

  • Design of absorbing wavemakers [2] for the accurate, controlled generation of waves in test tanks
  • Implementation of a curved tank, with associated computer drive, to make more effective use of small facilities [1]
  • Design and construction of the world's first wave and current test tank facility [3]
Edinburgh Curved Wave and Current Tank Panorama

Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) spatial light modulators (SLMs) researched and developed within ERPE and the School of Physics. This team has developed high performance Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal on Silicon (FLCoS) SLMs with industrial companies such as Forth Dimension Displays (ForthDD).

ERPE research into shell structure design has worldwide impact in the storage and handling of granular solids. A core element of this research is to enhance and update EU design recommendations such as the Eurocodes (EN) and US (ASME and ACI) standards. With over 75% of the material feedstock industry being granular, ERPE research achieves impact in bulk materials handling across many industries.

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