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First NSIRC Annual Conference a success

First NSIRC Annual Conference a success

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) held its first Annual Conference on 23 June at its newly built state-of-the-art facilities in Cambridgeshire, with over 100 people attending.

Alongside the multinational NSIRC students, those attending the conference were partner universities Brunel University London, Southampton, Birmingham, Manchester, Strathclyde, Nottingham and Loughborough, as well as NSIRC founder sponsors TWI, BP and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

NSIRC PhD students in their second and third years prepared 20-minute presentations on their current research topics, allowing for five minutes’ questions and answers with the selected audience. Topics that were presented included ‘validation of the standardised CTOD equations’, ‘remote condition monitoring of tidal turbines’, ‘atmospheric plasma treatment of metals for adhesive bonding’ and ‘influence of crack idealisation on leak-before-break’, whilst first-year PhD students showcased their research through a poster display.  

Students were enthusiastic about the benefits of taking part in the inaugural conference, from building confidence in their presentation skills to learning about the projects and research undertaken by their fellow students. 

For Jialin Tang, a second-year PhD student, the conference ‘provided a chance to make connections with industrial experts and gain more insight to the demands and interests that the industry seeks. I would like to thank both my academic supervisor Dr Cristinel Mares and industrial supervisor Dr Slim Soua for their kind help’.


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First NSIRC Annual Conference a success
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First NSIRC Annual Conference a success
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First NSIRC Annual Conference a success

NSIRC PhD student Maxime Bolut commented: ‘The conference was a great opportunity to prepare posters and talks to train for future conferences and build up skills in communication. It was also interesting to see what our fellow students are doing and how advanced they are in their research.’

Professor Tat-Hean Gan, Director of Technology for NSIRC, said: ‘I am delighted that the first NSIRC conference was such a success – I have received many positive comments from our founder sponsors and academic partners as well as NSIRC MSc and PhD students.

‘The conference will form a good platform for the sponsors to meet their potential employees and for students to showcase their exciting research work and practise their presentation skills. It also provides a forum for technical knowledge exchange; guests commented that they were impressed with the breadth of research themes that NSIRC has covered.’

Professor Gan continued: ‘NSIRC will become a place for academics and industries to meet and discuss problems related to structural integrity. It is my plan to expand the conference next year by inviting other industry experts in structural assessment and inspection.’

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering hub that will, over the next ten years, provide a base of research for more than 500 students’ Master’s and PhD degrees. The centre, complete with purpose-built workshops, classrooms and laboratories, is housed in TWI’s newly built facilities at its Great Abington headquarters.

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