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Reference Number EP/I017704/1
Title Centre for Doctoral Training in Non-Destructive Evaluation
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 5%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 5%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Ocean Energy) 5%;
Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 5%;
Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fusion) 5%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 10%;
Not Energy Related 65%;
Research Types Training 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor P Cawley
No email address given
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2011
End Date 30 September 2018
Duration 84 months
Total Grant Value £2,200,000
Industrial Sectors Defence and Marine; Energy; Manufacturing; Transport Systems and Vehicles; Aerospace
Region London
Programme Manufacturing: Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor P Cawley , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor CB Scruby , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , NDE Research Association (0.000%)
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Abstract We propose a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE). The Centre will conduct adventurous research to improve the industrial practice of NDE. It will maintain a flow of skilled doctoral engineers and scientists into the field of NDE and provide a route for knowledge and technology transfer to maximise the industrial and economic impact of new and emerging NDE technologies. NDE is central to raising the quality of engineering materials and safety assurance of engineering structures. It is thus a vital ingredient for the safe and sustainable future of UK industry, including power generation, nuclear, oil & gas, aerospace and defence. NDE is also an important enabling technology for a range of future UK business growth opportunities.Advanced NDE uses a range of physical phenomena to detect anomalies in structures and materials. This requires its research base to encompass a very wide range of scientific and engineering skills and this proposal is therefore centred upon a consortium of academic institutions in the UK Research Centre in NDE (RCNDE) and will utilise the most appropriate as well as the highest quality researchers and supervisors.Our vision for this CDT is to rejuvenate key sectors of UK industry by training the next generation of NDE engineers in adventurous research and by improving technology & skills transfer. These are essential for ensuring safe and economic production and plant operation. The CDT will build on the success of the current EngD Centre in NDE which it replaces, and whose role was highlighted in the EngD review commissioned by EPSRC in 2007 for "the provision of vital training for new staff to replace core NDE personnel after a period of under-investment in the area." It is vital to maintain the momentum thus gained. The new Centre will run in parallel with the RCNDE collaboration whose industrial members are represented by NDEvR, the industrial Partner of the Strategic Partnership. RCNDE started in 2003 and this year has 16 industrial user members paying 35k per annum plus a growing number of associate members (technology suppliers). Its programmes of research are supported by EPSRC and member companies also spend approaching 1M pa on projects to transfer technology from the universities into industrial use. This is strong evidence of the industrial need for exploitable research and training.From its start the CDT will therefore have strong industrial support and exploit the cohesion of the RCNDE academic-industrial collaboration. Following the guidance of NDEvR's industrial members, the proposed CDT will aim to integrate NDE into the engineering life cycle in order to deepen the CDT's impact upon each partner company, attract new companies and reach a larger cross-section of graduate applicants. Our industrial partners agree that it is vital to join up the disciplines of NDE with condition monitoring, structural performance, materials engineering and design.In addition to performing excellent research, the core institutions in this CDT are committed to exploiting the substantial knowledge and skills in the universities by transforming their research results into industrial technology. The student research engineers in the CDT will be in a unique position to assist this by acting as a human bridge for technology transfer, their projects closing the gap between the research base and user
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