Companies will often employ the Computational Mechanics & Reliability Group (CMRG) to test a product they have designed before they go ahead with a physical prototype, which can be very expensive.

The group's virtual prototyping and data reliability models can help companies learn more about their products so they can give a warranty or guarantee with greater certainty.

The CMRG works with aircraft and car clients and has studied the length of time engine components will last – an area of paramount importance. One particular project involved working with Rolls Royce and General Electric to develop prognostic software, which can predict when parts will need replacing up to six months in advance.