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’.