EngD student, 2011 intake
Research: Spatially Resolved Acoustic Spectroscopy (SRAS) Technology Development
Sponsoring company: Renishaw
Background: Undergraduate Masters in Physics, University of Warwick, June 2011. Prior to starting my EngD I had little experience in NDE. However my passion lies in taking physics principals and ideas and applying them to real-world engineering problems, which is a perfect fit for the EngD program.
SRAS is a new technique for determining the microstructure of materials quickly and without damage to the sample. My research project is to take the technique from a laboratory based instrument, built from off-the-shelf optics, through to a fully custom commercial production-ready prototype. Along the way I will also be improving the technique and increasing its capability where possible. So far these improvements have included: developing a method for modelling the generation and propagation of laser generated surface acoustic waves in anisotropic materials to better understand the experimental data, solving machine vision problems to allow optical tracking of sample surfaces and exploring wavelet and signal analysis to minimise errors in the experimental data.
Ahead lies the investigation of the suitability of various motion platforms for performing scanning of potentially complex shaped samples and the development of software to allow automated gauging and scanning of these samples.
Awards: The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 – Industrial Fellowship 2013.