Research undertaken by the Curtin Institute for Computation (CIC) has been utilised in a number of industries across Australia. Below are short snippets of research highlights, some more in depth information is provided for the following case studies of research undertaken by CIC researchers and our collaborators:
- Making waves with clean energy
- Virtual archaeology unravels historic shipwreck mystery
- Let there be light
- Catching shooting stars
- Uncovering endangered species DNA in traditional Chinese medicine
- Enhancing student engagement in a theoretical computing unit
- The ConnectivED project
Researchers in the institute have used advanced computer modelling to improve the performance of large process plants. Working closely with BP’s oil refinery in Kwinana, the research team developed advanced models that were used to revamp the refinery systems to attain the optimal mix of steam, catalyst and hydrocarbons inside a fluid catalytic cracking unit. The changes have saved the refinery hundreds of thousands of dollars in steam usage and hydrocarbon recovery.
Institute researchers are undertaking computationally expensive atomic scattering simulations that are being used in the design of the ITER fusion reactor. These calculations are necessary to understand the electron density and energy losses in the fusion plasma.
Researchers in the institute investigated the information content in the Value-at-Risk (VaR) forecasts reported by the Authorised Deposit Institutes (ADI) within Australia. The research was commissioned by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) and required extensive computation for both information identification and extraction. The results have serious implications on risk management practice in Australia and its impacts are currently being reviewed by APRA.
Computational fluid dynamics simulations undertaken by institutional researchers, have been used in the design and validation of devices for two WA based wave energy companies: Carnegie Wave Energy and Bombora Wave Power.