1. A Technology Transfer event for RCNDE members and Associate members was held at the University of Warwick on 30th Jan 2017, which included overviews and demonstrations of emerging RCNDE technologies from the university teams. The next major events – the annual CDT conference and RCNDE Research Review will be held in Bristol 9-10 May 2017.
2. The second intake of Research Engineers in the new Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative NDE undertook their introductory training course in November 2016 to provide an overview of NDE technologies and of the business context for NDE research. The course included a number of industrial visits – these photos were taken during visits to Rolls Royce and Airbus.
3. Congratulations to Arnau Garriga Casanovas (EngD research engineer working with Imperial College and Rolls Royce) on the award of an 1851 Industrial Fellowship. Arnau was presented with the award at an 1851 event in London on 4 October. We have now had 8 awards of this prestigious Fellowship in recent years.
4. William Blyth (EngD Research Engineer with Imperial and Phoenix) has won first place in the international ASME student mechanism and robot design competition (graduate division) held at the ASME15 AM3D & IDETC/CIE conference in Charlotte, USA. William was one of 6 shortlisted finalists invited to the conference and won the competition for his design entitled: ‘A Reduced Actuation Mecanum Wheeled Pipe Inspection Robot’. This is an excellent achievement by William and a notable recognition of his EngD project.
5. RCNDE colleagues were recognised in a number of the latest ICNDT awards which are presented every 4 years at the World Conference in NDT. The 19th World conference was held in Munich during June 2016 and congratulations to the following:
- Tony Dunhill (former RCNDE Industrial Chair) – Winner, Roentgen Award for major contribution to the science and technology of NDT
- Bruce Drinkwater and Paul Wilcox (University of Bristol) – Runners up, Sokolov Award for major contribution to NDT Research
- Katy Milne (former CDT EngD student, now with the MTC) – Runner up, ICNDT Young Achiever Award for achievement of young people in NDT (<35 years).
6. The annual conference for our Doctoral Training Centre was held in Glasgow this year at the new Technology and Innovation Centre at Strathclyde on 26 April. Presentations were given by second and fourth year Research Engineers (REs) covering a wide range of projects which were well received by the academic and industrial audience.
This was followed on 27 April by the RCNDE annual research review event with around 120 attendees present to hear about the initial stages of the new Core Research programme and a selection of other research activities. This event always provides an excellent opportunity for networking, providing inputs to the ongoing research and identification of potential exploitation options.
7. EPSRC has awarded funding to a further RCNDE Targeted Research Project ‘Improving Inspection Reliability through Data Fusion from Multi-Modal Array Inspections’
(Imperial College and University of Bristol with industrial partners Rolls Royce and AMEC Foster Wheeler, BAE Systems, EDF and Hitachi Europe).
8. The Rolls-Royce Engineering Doctorate Network held its second annual conference in Derby in November 2015, building on the success of the inaugural event in 2014. Delegates from universities and Rolls-Royce plc were brought together, with representatives from across the UK and internationally, to explore how the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) scheme drives the progression of research and technology and why it is vital to the continual success of the company. Two of our EngD researchers in NDE (Richard Phillips and Roy Brown) were members of the Rolls-Royce EngD Committee which organised the event. The Network was founded in 2012 by three of our previous EngD researchers – Oliver Nowers, Maria Felice and James Pettit – with the aim to make the barriers to collaboration between EngD researchers more transparent, and to promote awareness of the EngD scheme and the benefits that it brings to Rolls-Royce.
9. RCNDE participated in the British Institute of NDT Material Testing 2015 Exhibition in Telford by providing demonstrations of a number of technologies emerging from RCNDE research.
Many RCNDE researchers and CDT students also presented papers at the related Annual BINDT conference.
10. EPSRC and NDEvR (the organisation representing industrial members of RCNDE) signed an agreement in November 2014 to extend their Strategic Partnership for a further six years, reflecting the importance of NDE to both industry and the research community.
11. Congratulations to Misty Haith (EngD research Engineer working with Imperial College and BP) on her selection as one of the 2014 BBC 100 Women.
12. Congratulations also to Prof. Mike Lowe on his election to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
13. Speaking at the Mission-Oriented Finance for Innovation event at the House of Commons, UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced £5.4M EPSRC funding for RCNDE research over the next 6 years. This will be matched by funding from the industrial membership and will enable the centre to undertake leading edge research aimed at meeting the long term industry need for new inspection technology. The full EPSRC press release can be found at: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/cableadvancedmaterialsnondestructiveevaluationresearch/