An engineering professor from Swansea University has joined Costain on a one-year secondment.
Associate professor of engineering Chenfeng Li specialises in computer simulation as the basis for reliability engineering, covering areas such as energy and transport. At Costain he will help to develop computational modelling for engineering design assurance and structural reliability.
The secondment was supported by a grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Industrial Secondment scheme and Li will give half of his working time to Costain, while using the other half to focus on his academic commitments to 10 civil engineering PhD students.
Chenfeng Li, an engineering professor from Swansea University, has joined Costain on a one-year secondment.
“As an academic in civil engineering, I feel truly honoured to have this opportunity,” said Li.
“Thanks to the support from the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Sêr Cymru National Research Network, the secondment will open a window for me and the research group to explore real world engineering challenges, rather than searching for unsolved problems. I’m excited and looking forward to starting work with Costain.”
Applications for Li’s work include control of work at height with loads, crowd control, emergency response plans, stored energy systems, tunnel ventilation and coastal flood defence.
“The need to develop reliability engineered solutions to support our safe systems of work cannot be overstated,” said Costain’s Conleth Unaeze, a quality engineer and one of Li’s PhD students.
“The application of computational mechanics and fluid dynamics covers a broad range of disciplines, and when harnessed, will enhance our assurance processes and deliver added benefits to our customers.”
Costain group technical director Bill Hewlett, who will be working closely with Li, added: “Professor Li’s Royal Academy of Engineering secondment is an endorsement of his world-leading expertise in his subject area, as well as a major coup for Costain.
“This placement underpins our commitment to, and ability to work with, world leaders in their subjects and provide new and innovative solutions in support of our customers’ businesses.”