Belfast Telegraph

Queen's bids to invent new forms of steel

By Patrice Dougan

A new £500,000 super-computer made in Northern Ireland could revolutionise the way that global manufacturers make cars, space rockets and wind turbines.

Boffins at Queen’s University have developed the huge, high-tech computer in a bid to improve the machines we use every day.

Working with car manufacturers and with those in aerospace, steel and wind turbine industries, Queen's physicists have developed a computer which analyses the atomic structure of steel and comes up with ways to improve it.

It is hoped that the innovative technology will enable the various industries to create new types of steel which could replace those types currently used in cars, planes and other machines where steel is the main metal.

Other areas it could be used in are rockets carrying satellites into space and powerplant equipment, in particular off-shore wind turbines.

Representatives from 10 different organisations involved in the project are in Belfast this week to meet with the physicists at Queen’s who have built the super-computer.

The project — known as MultiHy for short — is led by the physicists at Queen’s who have spent eight years developing the super-computer.

The four-year project is still in its first year, so no clear results have yet been found. But researchers are optimistic that a new kind of steel could be created from the outcomes discovered by the super-computer.

Story so far

The multiscale modelling of hydrogen embrittlement in crystalline materials, or MultiHy for short, is a consortium working with a super-computer developed by physicists at Queen’s University. The consortium is made up of 11 different organisations, including car manufacturer BMW, and steel companies, ThyssenKrupp and voestalpine.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph