The first cohort of MSc Structural Integrity students successfully graduated on 9 December 2015. The course they completed was made up of industry-led modules, designed to impart skills and knowledge that could readily be transferred to the commercial engineering sector for career advancement.
The modules were strategically designed to create industrial impact, incorporating projects focusing on industrial applications and requiring practical experimentation. All the projects focused on the engineering sectors, such as oil and gas, renewables, power generation and transportation.
Some of the industrial contributions made by the MSc students are as follows:
- Abdulwahab Elhakemi’s and Berenika Anna Syrek-Gerstenkorn’s projects contributed to increased knowledge of thermal sprayed aluminium (TSA) applications, and its effect on limiting damage. The projects provided the students with skills, and the industry with a methodology to increase productivity and long-term performance of TSA coatings
- Ali Reza’s project was instrumental in improving the corrosion performance of friction welded aluminium alloys, while Lascelle Mauricette’s work on modelling the material flow and thermal mapping in friction stir welding processes increases the case for numerical modelling in design and analysis, reducing the requirement for qualification to determine system performance. This can reduce lead times and the cost of bringing new products and services to market
- Illias Giannakeas and Paolo Cali worked on the topic of residual stress. Paolo’s work on understanding crack growth behaviour due to residual stress coupled with Illias’s work on simulating crack propagation is an excellent example of student collaboration.
The MSc projects were carried out at TWI, Cambridge, with students given industry guidance by expert technologists. Each project undertaken by the students contributes to best practices and industrial standards. The wider benefit of the projects will be improved safety and integrity of systems and services, benefiting the wider community.
The graduates are now progressing their career via several different routes. Five are taking research roles, with three offered PhD research positions at Cambridge University. Five more have been offered competitive positions in leading engineering organisations, to develop their career in industry.