Louise Wright leads NPL's continuous modelling work, applying numerical techniques such as finite element (FE) methods, finite difference methods, boundary element methods and meshless methods to metrology problems from a wide range of areas of physics, including static and dynamic stress analysis, heat transfer, and acoustics. She is interested in optimisation and uncertainty evaluation applied to finite element models, particularly for use in improving confidence in FE as a design tool.
She is also interested in methods of integrating measurement data into models to enable estimation and uncertainty evaluation for parameters and initial conditions. This task feeds into the idea of a “digital twin”, which uses a combination of data gathered throughout a system’s development and lifetime and a validated model to deliver high accuracy predictions of system performance with associated uncertainty quantification.
Louise received an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University in 1994, and an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Analysis from Oxford University in 1995. She spent four years working with FE in industry before joining NPL in 1999. Louise is the chair of the NAFEMS Working Group on Computational Structural Mechanics, a member of the NAFEMS Working Group on Stochastics, and is a founding member of the NAFEMS Professional Simulation Engineer certification scheme.