EngD student, 2012 intake
Research: Robotic Inspection Systems for Complex Geometries
University: Imperial College London
Sponsoring company: Phoenix Inspection Systems Limited
Background: Undergraduate Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, June 2012.
My research centres upon the development and application of automated scanning systems for the ultrasonic inspection of the challenging environments and components found in industry.
To date my research has utilised expertise in advanced scanning systems with my industrial partner and knowledge of robotics and control within the Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory at Imperial College. I have developed a novel research platform and created detailed dynamic simulations of advanced locomotion strategies in environments typical of those found in industrial non-destructive testing applications . This platform and work forms the foundation for ongoing research into trajectory generation and increased autonomy within industrial scanning systems, to obtain improvements in: repeatability, speed, flexibility and accuracy, leading to potentially market leading products for the inspection industry.
Key publication:  W A Blyth, D R W Barr, N Hankinson and F R Baena , ‘An assessment of mecanum wheels for non-destructive testing (NDT) applications’, BINDT 2014, 3C3, 2014