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 […]

New MSc at the University of Oxford – ‘OMMS’

The new Oxford Master’s in Mathematical Sciences (or ‘OMMS’) will admit its first cohort of students in 2018-19. This master’s degree spans interdisciplinary applications of mathematics as well as recognizing fundamental questions and themes.  Students can choose from many different pathways, tailoring the programme to their individual interests and requirements. Examples of pathways include: data […]

Modelling deep-sea oil spills

(by Rachel Philip.) In a deep-sea oil spill, a broken pipe near the seabed (containing a mixture of oil and water) can result in the release of a high-speed jet into the surrounding ocean. The jet’s shearing motion will typically cause the oil to break up into smaller droplets, which are then more easily dispersed […]

Industrial case-studies with the InFoMM CDT

I am in my second year of study with the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling (InFoMM). In this program, we undertake a year of training in cutting-edge mathematical techniques and learn about many aspects of industry, before choosing and working on our DPhil in years two to four. A highlight […]

Using mathematics to realise the potential of a novel soil-based filter.

The Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta is a global hotspot for arsenic groundwater contamination. Naturally occurring arsenic concentrates in water drawn from deep tube wells, creating a major public health issue in West Bengal and Bangladesh, described as the “largest mass poisoning of a population in history”. Arsenic mitigation technologies mostly rely on allowing the contaminated fluid to run […]

European Summer School in Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Crime and Image Processing

In this summer school we focus on the mathematical topics of crime and image processing which currently attract a lot of attention both from mathematical research and from real-world applications, but where these two sides are rarely taught together. The summer school will combine a traditional research school that introduces the participants to mathematical topics, […]

UTM-CIAM: A cooperation of UTM with OCIAM

The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Johor Bahru, Malaysia has founded a Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2012 in cooperation with OCIAM. They have already held three Study Groups with Industry in 2011, 2014, and 2015. Currently Assoc. Prof. Ali H. M. Murid and PhD student Amir S. A. Hamzah are visiting OCIAM […]

Communities in time-dependent networks

My name is Marya Bazzi and I recently finished my PhD in applied mathematics at the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The main focus of my thesis is cluster (or community) detection in time-dependent networks. But before going into that, a little bit of context: I started my studies with an undergraduate degree […]