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BHR Group is
a trading name of VirtualPiE Limited, an independent technology
company which provides knowledge-based fluid engineering services
and process technology solutions utilising its core competence,
facilities and expertise in process technology and fluid dynamics.
To be the first choice provider of practical solutions to industrial
engineering problems and so enhance our client’s competitive position
in a safe, economical and environmentally acceptable manner.
- To put the
client first and understand the issues as seen by them
- To work with
our clients and other partners to achieve their goals
- To seek innovative
yet cost effective solutions for their businesses
and development for process and product design
- plant optimisation
and asset management
- mixing systems
- fluid flow
- compact separators
and services include:
design guides for mixing equipment
- life prediction
software for elastomeric components
processes for water
- pipe network
of pumped fluid distribution networks
- waste disposal.
BHRA, The British Hydromechanics Research Association was established
in 1947 as a company limited by guarantee with the objective of
extending the knowledge of scientific principles and their application
to the manufacture and use of hydraulic machinery. Its initial aim
was to meet the needs of the British Pump Manufacturers by addressing
generic problems in pumping technology.
Set up as an
Association, BHRA depended solely on its members' contributions
and government funding to exist. Due to limited financial support,
it became necessary to admit members from other industries and countries.
Oil, process and power user industries were recruited into Membership
along with consulting engineers.
and in the late 1960s BHRA outgrew its first laboratory premises
in Harlow, Essex. The company moved to its present site at Cranfield
on the University campus, where it constructed extensive new offices
and laboratories. The technology base was expanded into all aspects
of fluid flow and a new name was adopted for the business, BHRA,
The Fluid Engineering Centre.
In 1989 the business and assets were bought out by management and
staff to form BHR Group Limited, an independent private company.
It was recognised that BHRA held particular strengths that relied
on development of assets and facilities. It was more appropriate
to work from the basis of a company limited by shares.
and staff formed the core research and development activity within
BHR Group, whilst new subsidiary companies were formed to realise
the potential of the Intellectual Property.
Soon, BHR Group's
DIAJET abrasive waterjet cutting equipment began to attract interest
worldwide and DIAJET Limited, now
a separate company, was created to develop, produce and market the
In 2003, in
line with BHR Group's policy of capitalising on its inventions,
the CALTEC unit, specialising in equipment for the Oil and Gas industry,
became independent following a Management Buyout.
IIn 2011 BHR
Group's business was bought out by VirtualPiE Limited, an independent
company specialising in virtual modelling of mechanical engineering
problems. The two offerings complement each other well, forming
a wide-ranging service to industry world wide.