UK RESEARCH CENTRE IN NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION
21st century industry faces ever more challenging requirements to achieve greater integrity and safety performance, and adopt new materials and designs. Novel NDE technologies are often crucial to making this possible.
RCNDE is an EPSRC-sponsored collaboration between industry and academia to coordinate research into NDE technologies, and to ensure research topics are relevant to the medium to longer-term needs of industry. RCNDE continues to be founded on the guiding principles of world-class scientific research and industrial application. RCNDE’s vision is to see NDE transform into a fully integrated part of the engineering life cycle. RCNDE will progressively link up with other disciplines, particularly structural integrity, materials science and engineering design.
The NDE industry urgently needs new technology, new interdisciplinary alliances and new people to meet its targets. The ability of RCNDE to bridge gaps between communities and train engineers is vital to long term industrial and academic success. RCNDE therefore has a wide portfolio of activities from longer-term, higher risk adventurous research, through medium-term application research and short-term practical developments to technology transfer activities. The Management Board will ensure our research is exploited, and RCNDE will seek to collaborate with all parts of industry to facilitate this in a timely and cost-effective manner.
The research groups encompass a broad range of technical disciplines, and additional academic collaborations ensure gaps in technology and expertise are filled. Industrial membership is open to all organisations, and is primarily intended for industries in which NDE plays an important role for:
- ensuring the safety of structures, machinery and infrastructure
- minimising environmental risks and impacts of process plant & operations
- enhancing the reliability of components, equipment, systems & products
The NDE supply chain is a vital element for successfully transferring technological advances arising from university research to their eventual practical application in industry. The Centre involves all parts of the NDE supply chain through Associate memerbship, particularly SMEs and larger organisations offering training, consultancy, field services and hardware.