EngD student, 2014 intake
Research: Integration of Advanced Surface Metrology with Automated NDE Methods
Sponsoring company: TWI Technology Centre (Wales)
Background: Undergraduate Masters in Physics, University of Edinburgh, June 2013.
My final year project was in high pressure physics where I used diamond anvil cells to compress noble gases and investigate the behaviours using Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. I previously worked within the civil engineering sector as a surveying assistant where I was introduced to the idea of using robotics for non-destructive evaluation.
My EngD Research involves the investigation and further development of integrating external metrology systems with automated robotic testing environments. This work mainly considers using large six degree of freedom robots which can deliver a variety of NDE payloads to components with complex surface geometries. The hope is to create an automated, versatile and flexible approach to inspecting objects which would normally have to be evaluated manually. By using external metrology systems, I also hope to develop methods which aid the process of reverse engineering components into CAD files which can be used to visualise where any defects might be located.