NSIRC (National Structural Integrity Research Centre) has hosted the 2018 Annual Conference at the Granta Centre, Great Abington, Cambridge. Over 170 delegates were in attendance, with companies such as Rolls-Royce, Boeing and EDF Energy all represented. Also attending were NSIRC’s academic partners, which included some of the UK’s top universities, along with researchers, TWI staff and fellow students.
For 2018, the work of over 50 NSIRC PhD students was on display, in the format of oral presentations and research posters.
“The quality and variety of the research on display is something we are very proud of, and it’s important to remember that each PhD with NSIRC, stems from a direct need for research from industry.” – Professor Tat-Hean Gan, NSIRC Director.
The posters and presentations on display covered many different technologies, reflecting the breath and diversity of the students’ research at NSIRC. Such topics included advanced materials / coatings, novel joining methods, innovative monitoring technologies, data analytics, robotics, advancing non-destructive testing (NDT) methods and many more.
First year PhD students presented their research in poster presentations to industry experts and their peers. Second and third year PhD students gave oral presentations summarising their research topic, reviewing their initial and current research, and discussing plans for further work.
The 2018 Annual Conference also featured three important keynote presentations from influential figures from industry and academia.
Opening NSIRC 2018 was Robert Quarshie, Head of Materials at the Knowledge Transfer Network. Robert presented on how we can accelerate innovations in advanced materials for demanding environments. Also on day one was Simon Masters from Innovate UK, who made a presentation to delegates on how Innovate UK / UKRI are supporting the future of manufacturing in the UK. And on the morning of day two, Professor Mike Fitzpatrick, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Coventry University, gave his presentation titled: Laser Shock Peening for Enhancing the Properties of Aerospace and Marine Structures.
NSIRC was the UK's first industry-led postgraduate research centre for structural integrity, and since it’s foundation in 2012, has continued to offer a unique university-awarded degree that cannot be attained from a university alone.
The research conducted by all NSIRC students is determined by the real-world needs of industry, taking place in an industry environment, while receiving academic supervision from an affiliated university.
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