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Laurie Vaughn Joins

Laurie Vaughn has joined Norton Straw Consultants.  Dr Vaughn is a well-known member of the engineering consultancy community, with over twenty years' experience of solving integrity and design problems in the nuclear, aerospace and defence sectors, amongst others.  He is especially known for his work with composite materials and the use of engineering analysis to study their strength and integrity.  He will be joining a rapidly-growing team in Norton Straw's Bristol office as a principal consultant, using his expertise...

Razvan Apetrei Joins

We're pleased to welcome Razvan Apetrei, who joins us from the University of Sheffield where he has just completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.  His thesis covered the use of computational fluid dynamics to predict unfavourable aerodynamic phenomena in high-speed aircraft.  During his studies he was also a Guest Scientist at the German Aerospace Centre, studying the problem of poor aerodynamic simulation quality at the edge of aircraft flight. David Fielding, Technical Manager of Norton Straw, declaimed "Razvan embodies...

Increase efficiency through simulation - webinar

Norton Straw was delighted to jointly present a webinar of how simulation can be used to assess structural integrity risks to aid increased throughput and productivity of production and process systems. You will hear from Pierre Petit of OneSubsea and Bruce Kakimpa of Norton Straw Consultants how engineering simulation, in the form of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA), was was used to assess erosion and flow-induced vibration to ensure structural integrity when increasing productivity...

Transforming aerospace design processes

This week Dr Simon Rees presented at the Simcenter 2019 conference in Amsterdam. The aerospace case study focussed on Norton Straw's work with one of the world's leading industrial technology companies.  Simon presented how the team at Norton Straw supported evaluation and development of new engineering simulation approaches within a wider design process.  The simulation processes implemented were based on flow and thermal simulation using Simcenter STAR-CCM+. Along with Norton Straw's...

Simon Rees to give lecture in Teesside

Norton Straw Project Director Dr Simon Rees is giving a lecture to the IMechE North East Process Centre on Thursday 5th December in Billingham.  Dr Rees also chairs the IMechE Upstream Oil and Gas Technical Committee, and the lecture will cover some recent work done on the deployment of digital technology in upstream oil and gas.  A recent report produced by the committee concluded that despite some examples of good practice, in general the sector was falling behind other sectors.  As Dr Rees commented: "The industry...