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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.

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).

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

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.

ERPE development of new and unique design methodologies, frameworks and tools for analysing fire spread has enhanced public safety by transforming structural design for fire. Fire safety engineering research within ERPE has created an improved scientific understanding of the effect of fire on structures and materials and thus assisted the design and construction of increasingly optimised, sustainable, and economical buildings globally with significant changes in building design and regulation.

Research in ERPE to measure customer reaction and attitude to communication interfaces in new consumer services has influenced service provision at Bank of Scotland, Halifax and Lloyds Group. The metric and the use methodology have been adopted in several service industry sectors - telephony, retail, travel and financial services.

ERPE research and development of XiTRACK technology has reduced rail track maintenance by a factor of up to 40, increased maintenance intervals from 3-monthly to 10 years and increased track speeds to 125 mph in critical sections of UK, Italy and Hong Kong rail networks.

A team of engineers and computer scientists at ERPE has developed algorithms that help the petroleum industry extract more oil, more cost-effectively. In one North Sea field, a leading oil company has used ERPE technology to create a field development plan yielding three million more barrels of oil than their original plan.

Avoiding blockages caused by mineral scale deposits is a major priority for oil producers. Yet combating scale build-up to stop it jeopardising well productivity is complex and costly. ERPE research has saved the industry hundreds of millions of pounds with computer software - SQUEEZE - that enables companies to plan the best scale-inhibiting treatment from project outset.

School of Engineering, Sanderson Building Entrance

The integrated School of Engineering was formed in 2002 from the various individual departments to address diverse and complex challenges across the entire field of engineering, at the micro and macroscopic/global scales.

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