Impact


Anticipating problems, optimising design

A thorough analysis of fluids and thermodynamic behaviour at the start of the design process is crucial. By understanding how heat will flow and how fluids and gases will interact with the proposed system, the time and cost of iteration and testing can be greatly reduced.

We use our expertise to ensure appropriate device specifications and optimise heat transfer in relation to critical components – an increasingly complex challenge as consumer products and batteries become ever smaller.

Medical technology

Our expertise in fluids and thermodynamics empowers our medical technology clients to overcome complex challenges, including:

- Thermal problems of amplifying DNA during PCR (polymerase chain reaction)

- Blood separation to identify CTCs (circulating tumour cells) during cancer diagnosis and treatment

- Liquid biopsy for clinical diagnostics

- Extracting gas out of a liquid (e.g. extracting air out of a drug prior to injection)

- Aerosol science, including liquid nebulisers, sprays and inhalers

Microencapsulation

By taking a fresh look at traditional bulk manufacturing methods, we found a way of producing microcapsules continuously with real-time control of the process.

This new technique for creating microcapsules on demand is more efficient and cost-effective, eliminating the need to produce a full batch. This provides huge flexibility and personalisation opportunities for manufacturers, as well as the promise of increased process control, yield and agility.

Experience


Cutting-edge pedigree

Few technology projects we encounter are free of fluid or thermodynamic considerations. Consequently, our expertise dates back almost as far as Cambridge Consultants itself. One of the earliest examples of our success in this field is inkjet printing, from which we created numerous spin-out companies in the 1980s, including Domino and Xaar.

As computing power has increased, our ability to quickly carry out studies using advanced computer-aided engineering (CAE) has continually improved so that, today, we are able to combine our deep scientific understanding and experience in the field with cutting-edge technology and facilities.

Broad, impartial expertise

Our multidisciplinary teams bring experience in nanofluidics, microfluidics and multiphase fluidics, with particular strengths in aerosol generation at a range of temperatures. We have also made significant investments in DNA liquid aerosols and nebulisers.

As an agnostic technology partner, we provide our clients with an informed yet impartial view of all available technologies and applications.

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Tech, tools & facilities


Droplet
 

ANSYS tools

We’re experts in applying computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation tools, including CFX and Fluent, to conduct finite element analysis (FEA).

Microfluidics lab
 

Microfluidics lab

Our microfluidics lab is equipped to rapidly prototype Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microfluidic devices in a clean environment. We optically inspect functioning test cartridges with state-of-the-art microscopy, and measure particle size distributions with a Spraytec laser diffraction system.

Case studies


 

Pietro Fiorentini subsea sensor

Developing a high-performance, zero-maintenance subsea water cut sensor

 

Clearbridge BioMedics liquid biopsy enrichment

Second-generation liquid biopsy instrument for the automated enrichment of circulating tumour cells

 

Fafaza precision crop spraying

'AI at the edge' delivers smarter farming

 

Best in class: molecular diagnostics

The extremely fast polymerase chain reaction (PCR) device we developed has sped up the diagnosis of patients and helped our client maintain its leading position in the molecular diagnostics market. 

News & insights


covid ventilator summary
Press release

Cambridge companies unite to meet the COVID-19 ventilator challenge

31st March 2020

Leading medical device development companies have been asked by the UK Government to develop and manufacture ventilators at massive speed.

Opinion

Technology can drive meaningful carbon reduction in the housing sector

17th March 2020

The UK government is committed to constructing 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, but the Climate Change Act dictates that the country must halve its emissions in new buildings by 2030. With the thermal ...

  • AI & Analytics
  • Fluids & thermodynamics
Vlog

Creating hyper-personalized experiences

5th March 2020

Technology can be used as an enabler to bring personalization to a mass scale. An integrated approach throughout development, considering both the user journey and technical requirements, will deliver a successful product.

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital health
  • Digital services
  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Industrial design
  • Service design
Press release

New tool to ensure the construction industry meets its climate change responsibilities

20th November 2019

VeriTherm is a new and fast approach to verifying the thermal performance of buildings prior to occupation.

Events


Event

Food Matters Live

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London ExCel, London, UK

Food Matters Live is a global community event connecting people working in food, drink and nutrition; it provides a platform to share game-changing ideas, innovations and insights.

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