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CASiM² Business Engagement Activities

Mon 28th April




CASiM2 Aims:


The CASiM2 project aims to encourage greater collaboration between academia and the greater West Midlands Small and Medium Enterprises (S.M.E.s) in the field of computer simulation. The project is looking to work with the regional companies to solve manufacturing challenges through research projects. Knowledge about cutting edge research, collaborative ventures and funding opportunities will also be transferred to industry to assist in boosting productivity thereby giving businesses a competitive edge. CASiM2 focuses on research and development related to both new product development and improving existing manufacturing methods via the use of computer software and simulation.

Working with Business

The CASiM2 project is a collaborative venture between the University of Birmingham, Rolls-Royce plc and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). This partnership provides the project with a wide range of technology readiness levels to work with SMEs. The University provides the technology proof of concept, which is demonstrated in a relevant industrial environment at the MTC. This then allows Rolls-Royce to take the technology and implement it in an industrial context, streamlining the process of inserting new technology into production and reducing the time to market for new products.

The project partners aim is to support around 50 SMEs in developing business products or processes using virtual simulation and modelling technology by June 2015.

 Project Funding

The University of Birmingham, Rolls-Royce plc and the Manufacturing Technology Centre have provided the investment possible for the CASiM2 project. This investment has been matched with £2.2m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

ERDF funding is used to bridge market failure gaps in regional economies.  CASiM2 has the objective of increasing R&D investment and technology awareness in the manufacturing sector within the West Midlands region. Virtual simulation and computer modelling can reduce the length of time spent on experiments and decrease the number of repeat experiments that need to be done, which saves money that would be spent on raw materials and testing.

The investment in CASiM2 has created skilled jobs within the MTC and the University of Birmingham and provided a dedicated IT suite of High Performance computing and software facilities for research into the simulation of manufacturing processes. This IT suite is based in the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham.

With the support of ERDF funding the project is able to support regional business under State Aid regulations and provide subsidised acces to these facilities and academic time. This assistance it is hoped, will encourage SMEs to get involved with CASiM2 and investigate the possibilities of modelling and simulations within their organisations operations. 

 Business Offer

The CASiM2 project also offers:

  • funded support

  • business collaborations with the knowledge base

  • expertise and knowledge from academic researchers

  • access to state of the art equipment and facilities

  • assistance with planning, R&D experiments, results analysis and implementation

Support can be provided to a variety of industry sectors. This may be of interest to business start-ups, sole traders or established S.M.E.s The project can demonstrate how to use other computer simulation software to build models for manufacturing processes.

Team, Research Areas and Project

The CASiM2 team use computer-based simulation tools to make models of industrial manufacturing processes. These models predict changes in the properties of components during processes such as rotary friction welding, fusion welding, HIPping, and powder-based additive manufacturing methods. The tools can make predictions about distortion, residual stress and component life.

Models are then validated for their accuracy by comparison with the actual laboratory results and to fine-tune the computer model. This creates a validated model that can be used as a template for a range of industrial processes.

For further details on the University of Birmingham technology demonstrator projects, click here: 

TD1 Fusion Welding

TD2 Rotary Friction Welding

TD3 Additive Manufacturing

TD4 Hot Isostatic Pressing


Meet the CASiM2 team.


Contact Us

To get in touch with CASiM2 please click on the link below for contact details.

University of Birmingham contact details.



Current Events

The CASiM2 team are holding a workshop on Finite Element Analysis on the 15th October 2014. For more information please email Kathleen Waldron:


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