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Patent
MBDA UK Ltd | Date: 2015-05-01

A composite reactive material for use in a munition is disclosed. The composite reactive material comprises a metal lattice structure having interstitial spaces and a powder in the interstitial spaces. The powder comprises at least one metal powder and/or at least one halogen-containing polymer powder.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: EPSRC | Program: | Phase: Training Grant | Award Amount: 3.94M | Year: 2014

The achievements of modern research and their rapid progress from theory to application are increasingly underpinned by computation. Computational approaches are often hailed as a new third pillar of science - in addition to empirical and theoretical work. While its breadth makes computation almost as ubiquitous as mathematics as a key tool in science and engineering, it is a much younger discipline and stands to benefit enormously from building increased capacity and increased efforts towards integration, standardization, and professionalism. The development of new ideas and techniques in computing is extremely rapid, the progress enabled by these breakthroughs is enormous, and their impact on society is substantial: modern technologies ranging from the Airbus 380, MRI scans and smartphone CPUs could not have been developed without computer simulation; progress on major scientific questions from climate change to astronomy are driven by the results from computational models; major investment decisions are underwritten by computational modelling. Furthermore, simulation modelling is emerging as a key tool within domains experiencing a data revolution such as biomedicine and finance. This progress has been enabled through the rapid increase of computational power, and was based in the past on an increased rate at which computing instructions in the processor can be carried out. However, this clock rate cannot be increased much further and in recent computational architectures (such as GPU, Intel Phi) additional computational power is now provided through having (of the order of) hundreds of computational cores in the same unit. This opens up potential for new order of magnitude performance improvements but requires additional specialist training in parallel programming and computational methods to be able to tap into and exploit this opportunity. Computational advances are enabled by new hardware, and innovations in algorithms, numerical methods and simulation techniques, and application of best practice in scientific computational modelling. The most effective progress and highest impact can be obtained by combining, linking and simultaneously exploiting step changes in hardware, software, methods and skills. However, good computational science training is scarce, especially at post-graduate level. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling will develop 55+ graduate students to address this skills gap. Trained as future leaders in Computational Modelling, they will form the core of a community of computational modellers crossing disciplinary boundaries, constantly working to transfer the latest computational advances to related fields. By tackling cutting-edge research from fields such as Computational Engineering, Advanced Materials, Autonomous Systems and Health, whilst communicating their advances and working together with a world-leading group of academic and industrial computational modellers, the students will be perfectly equipped to drive advanced computing over the coming decades.


Patent
MBDA UK Ltd | Date: 2016-10-05

Monopulse radar apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a digital processor and an antenna having a plurality receive channels through which signals received by the antenna are passed to the processor. Each receive channel includes an analogue to digital converter, and the processor is arranged to calculate sum and difference signals from the signals received through each receive channel. The processor is also arranged such that, in the event that a malfunction is detected in one of the plurality of receive channels, compensated sum and difference signals are calculated by the processor using the signals from the remaining, functioning receive channels.


Patent
MBDA UK Ltd | Date: 2015-05-06

A method of manufacturing ceramic matrix composite objects is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of providing first and second substantially two dimensional arrangements of one or more fibre plies, and machining the first and second arrangements to predetermined configurations to form first and second preforms. The second preform is made to conform to a surface of the first preform such that at least some of the fibres of the second preform are orientated at least partially in a plane outside that defined by the fibres of the first preform, and fixed to the first preform to form a combined first and second preform. The combined first and second preform is rigidised. Ceramic matrix composite objects manufactured by this method are also disclosed.


Patent
MBDA UK Ltd | Date: 2016-07-20

Apparatus for monitoring a building having a plurality of rooms. A plurality of beacons is each arranged to transmit a light output signal. The apparatus also comprises a plurality of waveguides suitable for deployment in the building so that each of the plurality of rooms has at least one of the waveguides arranged to receive the light output signal from one or more of the beacons when said one or more of the beacons is active in that room. There is at least one signal capture unit arranged to receive, via the waveguides, the light output signals resulting from the beacons in the rooms. A signal processor is arranged to distinguish, in use, the light output signal from a first beacon in a first room from the light output signal from a second beacon in a second, different, room.


Patent
MBDA UK Ltd | Date: 2015-03-11

A ground-based source (12) of a jamming signal capable of disrupting a GNSS satellite-based navigation system, for example a GPS jammer, is located with a detector (20, 22, 24) carried by a suitable platform (10), for example an airborne UAV or missile. The detector, when the platform (10) is at a first location (16a), measures a characteristic of the jamming signal. The platform (10) and its detector are then moved to a chosen second location (16b), from which a further measurement of the jamming signal is made. The measurements made by the detector are then used to determine the location of the source (12) of the jamming signal.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 2.47M | Year: 2013

One of the most fundamental properties affecting the aerodynamic performance of a body is its shape. With progressively increasing demands for performance, the need to explore and optimise the performance of novel airframe shapes rapidly and with robust, efficient processes is becoming increasingly important. This poses significant challenges for the ways in which the associated geometry is generated and manipulated (in support of design) both on its wetted surfaces and in the adjacent air flow (i.e. the computational mesh). Greater attention is being focused on these challenges globally and it is vital that the UK keeps ahead of the competition. The proposed research programme will, for the first time, bring together key strands of the UK aerodynamics community who are currently active in this area, facilitate knowledge sharing and cross-fertilisation via complementary, research activities, and establish innovative capabilities and shared understanding.


Patent
MBDA UK Ltd | Date: 2015-11-11

A method of detecting light is provided. The method includes the step of providing an integrating container and arranging at least two sensors of a first type such that the sensors receive light from the interior of the integrating container.


Patent
MBDA UK Ltd | Date: 2015-01-23

A method of correcting errors in the output of an image detector is disclosed. The method comprises measuring an output signal (V_(m)) of a capacitor (C_(sh)) holding a voltage corresponding to a signal detected by the image detector; comparing the value of output signal (V_(m)) to the value of the previously measured output signal (V_(m-1)) of the capacitor (C_(sh)); calculating the error in the output signal (V_(m)) using a predetermined correction factor and the difference between the value of the output signal (V_(m)) and the value of the previously measured output signal (V_(m-1)); and providing a corrected output value (V_(crt)) in accordance with the calculated error. Detectors, methods of calibrating detectors, image correction apparatus and guidance systems comprising the detectors are also disclosed.


Patent
MBDA UK Ltd | Date: 2015-07-29

A method of correcting errors in the output of an image detector is disclosed. The method comprises measuring an output signal (V_(m)) of a capacitor (C_(sh)) holding a voltage corresponding to a signal detected by the image detector; comparing the value of output signal (V_(m)) to the value of the previously measured output signal (V_(m-1)) of the capacitor (C_(sh)); calculating the error in the output signal (V_(m)) using a predetermined correction factor and the difference between the value of the output signal (V_(m)) and the value of the previously measured output signal (V_(m-1)); and providing a corrected output value (V_(crt)) in accordance with the calculated error. Detectors, methods of calibrating detectors, image correction apparatus and guidance systems comprising the detectors are also disclosed.

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