Research at the PTMC
An integrating theme of the Centre’s research has been the development of mathematical modelling and numerical solution techniques for fluid systems. This work has extended over several decades, and resulted in the Bathfp software package. As reflected by the change of name to PTMC, the Centre’s scope has now grown beyond the original fluid power field, to include electro-magnetic systems and other technologies motivated particularly by challenges in automotive and aerospace engineering.
Every year since 1988 the Centre has hosted an international symposium on Power Transmission and Motion Control, which has focussed on fluid power and related technologies. The 3-day event has established a reputation as a forum for presenting and discussing the latest technical developments from around the world. From 2008, the event is jointly sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
The Centre is a founder member of the Fluid Power Centres of Europe (FPCE), a grouping of the foremost research institutions in the field. It welcomes international visiting scholars, and has hosted many in the past from North America, Asia, Europe and elsewhere.