Queensland science capability directory
Computational Engineering and Science Research Centre (CESRC)
University of Southern Queensland
CESRC is a multi-disciplinary group with an international reputation for excellence in astrophysics, astronomy, hypersonic flows, and in the development of novel computational methodologies for solving key problems in agriculture, the resource sector, engineering and the sciences. Validation, experimentation, and physical implementation of numerical simulations are also core activities of the Centre. Researchers at CESRC are able to connect industry with world-class expertise and advanced computational engineering tools capable of creating leading edge smart design, products and technology. Our computational modelling offers farmers, the resource sector and policy makers opportunities to understand the potential impacts of decisions that relate to highly variable and complex agricultural and land management systems.
Key science sectors
Strengths and capabilities
- Numerical modelling
- Big data analytics
- Supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnel testing
- Astronomical and space sciences
- Photonics (imaging, photometry, spectroscopy, spectropolarimetry)
- Tomographic imaging
- Re-entry observation and analysis
- Thermocompressors (ejectors) using renewable energy
- Fast-response thermofluids instrumentation
Facilities and major equipment
- Astronomical observatory for imaging and spectroscopy
- High Performance Computing cluster
- Hypersonic wind tunnel laboratory
Number of research staff
Up to 20 research staff
West Street, Building Q, Level 3, Toowoomba, 4350
- Associate Professor Jonti Horner—Discovery and characterisation of planetary systems
- Professor David Buttsworth—Design and commissioning of a hypersonic wind tunnel
- Professor Nam Mai-Duy—Advanced numerical simulation of complex structured fluids
Achievements of the centre
- Discovery and characterisation of over 40 new planets beyond the solar system.
- The hypersonic wind tunnel at USQ performs critical aerodynamic experiments for significant international aerospace research programs.
- Invention of the Integrated Radial Basis Function method for accurate and efficient solution of differential equations.
- University Research Centre
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