BAKING THE CARBON CAKE Homogenisation Applied to the Electrical Calcination of Carbon Materials

By Caoimhe Rooney The metallurgy industry is a gold-mine for mathematical treasures, from partial differential equation models describing crust formation (which notoriously hinders furnace operation), to population balance equations explaining the formation and growth of microsilica particles (which impacts the performance of composite materials). Through the collaboration of the University of Oxford and Norwegian companies […]

A Critical Analysis of Cereal Extrusion

Michael McPhail A number of popular cereal products are made using a manufacturing process known as extrusion. There is a stage during this process in which some of the liquid component of the cereal mixture changes phase into a gas. The subsequent evolution of gas will affect the thermodynamic and rheological properties of the mixture. […]

Silicon Anodes in Lithium-ion Batteries

By Ian Roper Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are used in mobile phones, laptops and electronic vehicles and thus make up a large proportion of the energy storage industry. The performance of an LIB depends heavily on the materials used for the anode and the cathode. Graphite has been the industry’s most common anode material for a […]

Joint meeting of the Italian Mathematical Union, the Italian Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Polish Mathematical Society

Joint meeting of the Italian Mathematical Union, the Italian Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Polish Mathematical Society (http://umi-simai.ptm.org.pl/) was held at the University of Wroclaw and Wroclaw University of Science and Technology on 17-20 September 2018. The conference was the next of a series of bilateral meetings between Polish Mathematical Society and […]

Local damage detection related to a gearbox operating in industrial conditions

The problem of local damage detection is widely discussed in the literature. There are many methods which can be applied, however there is still a need for new techniques addressing specific diagnostic issues. In particular, the case of complex multiple-component vibration signal is a challenging problem. In this case we focus on such a problem […]

One million electric vehicles in Poland – insights from an agent-based model

In agent-based modeling (ABM), a (usually) complex system is modeled as a collection of autonomous entities called agents. Agents interact with each other and their environment, asses their situation and make decisions based on some given set of rules. Those decisions may then trigger different actions of the entities. In the last decades, ABM has […]