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DesignFlow provides Plymouth University with the numerical modelling capacity to complement its impressive array of experimental facilities, to support research in areas such as development of marine renewable energy devices and wave impact on marine structures.
 
By developing numerical models validated experimentally in our ocean basin, flumes or wind tunnel for example, DesignFlow can build powerful, reliable computational tools for analysis, development and optimisation, to further knowledge and practical readiness of proposed devices – examples including Wave Energy Converters and Tidal Stream Turbines. 
 
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Use of Plymouth University’s High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster gives DesignFlow the capacity to conduct computationally demanding numerical modelling based research.
 
Diversity of Research 
 
Another example of DesignFlow’s research capacity can be seen in our ongoing research investigation into Microarterial Anastomoses (the surgical joining of small arteries, often of unequal size).
 
Microarterial Anastomoses are necessary to facilitate blood supply to transplanted tissue in applications such as breast reconstruction and reconstructive surgery following trauma.  
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Our work, in collaboration with Surg. Cdr. Rory Rickard (Consultant Plastic Surgeon) is focused on developing a CFD based means of reliably predicting flow behaviour in specific anastomoses geometries, with the aim of informing decisions as to the most appropriate anastomosis technique for a given application. 
 
This research is a good example of Research Informed Teaching at Plymouth University, with three consecutive undergraduate dissertations focusing on various aspects of anastomosis modelling. 
 
The method under development uses micro-CT scans of arterial geometry as the input to numerical simulations.