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Supercomputing New Materials with HPC Wales

HPCWalesLogoHPC Wales has partnered with the engineering team at Deregallera Ltd to develop new materials that will make better use of the planet’s resources.

With nearly 200 years of combined experience, the team at Deregallera Ltd has designed and developed a wide range of products, from large under-water drives to lightweight digital motor drives and high efficiency wind turbine generators. Deregallera’s aim in partnering with HPC Wales is to grow the theoretical modeling side of the business with the ultimate aim of creating a rapid development environment that uses theoretical and experimental methods to accelerate the creation of new materials.

We design and synthesize new materials in house,” said Managing Director Martin Boughtwood. “There is a requirement to carry out many physical experiments on these materials to identify their properties and understand why they behave the way they do under varied circumstances. In understanding these properties, we are able to refine and synthesise superior materials that can be used to create products which perform better whilst remaining safe, reliable and cost effective.”

With access to supercomputing technology, Deregallera is now able to run in a few days, a large number of computational simulations of proposed new materials to inform the understanding of the characteristics and to focus the next round of physical experimentation – a step that would have taken many months of experimentation to complete without access to HPC Wales’ services.

Modeling materials on a computer will help to shape our physical experimentation which is a complimentary activity rather than a replacement to traditional practice, said Boughtwood. “With support from HPC Wales, we are now able to do everything under one roof, which will help us to create the best possible materials in a vastly shorter time frame.”

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