EDF signs agreement with University of Manchester

12 Feb 2009

EDF, one of Europe's largest energy companies and parent company of EDF Energy, has signed an £800,000 agreement to fund a Chair and a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester.

Professor Colin Bailey, Pierre-Louis Viollet and Professor Peter Stansby
Professor Colin Bailey, Pierre-Louis Viollet and Professor Peter Stansby

The new Professor of Computational Mechanics and Research Fellow will be based in the University's School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. And they will be funded by EDF for a minimum of five years.

The plans were announced at a signing ceremony at the University on Tuesday 27th January, 2009.

The move is the latest step towards the creation of a new Centre for Modelling and Simulation, which is expected to be launched later in the year. It follows a decade of joint working between the University and EDF.

Commenting on the agreement, the Head of School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, Professor Colin Bailey said: "Together with the existing internationally leading staff within the School, the new Professor of Computational Mechanics will develop and grow the Centre for Modelling and Simulation.

“The Centre will initially focus on the pressing needs of research in energy generation and infrastructure and will also contribute to computationally intensive activities in bio-medical engineering and manufacturing at micro-nano scales.”

The Centre will link with Manchester’s existing Materials Performance Centre, Dalton Nuclear Institute and Tyndall Centre Manchester for broader energy assessments and policy within climate change scenarios.

Commenting on the plans, Pierre-Louis Viollet, VP Coordination and Partnership for EDF’s R&D division, said: "For EDF, the joint creation of the Modelling and Simulation Centre represents a major partnership.

"It will benefit from over 10 years of cooperation between the University of Manchester and EDF on simulation, and enhance worldwide development of energy research for the development of renewables as well as nuclear energy in the UK.

"We hope that this signature of the Chair and Fellowship agreement will be the first step in supporting the Modelling and Simulation Centre."

Pictured  (left to right) following the signing of the agreement are Professor Colin Bailey, Head of School, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering; Pierre-Louis Viollet, Research and Development EDF Energy; and Professor Peter Stansby, Professor in School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering