The overall vision for the CDT and the related UK Research Centre in NDE is to develop step-change NDE technology to meet new engineering challenges identified by some of the most important industrial growth sectors in the UK economy, by exploiting a powerful range of world leading multi-disciplinary research capabilities.
Three new research themes have been identified for the CDT which emerge from what is increasingly termed the 4th industrial revolution (IR4 or Industry 4.0) in which the digital world and physical world of advanced manufacturing are seamlessly fused together. In NDE this revolution will precipitate changes such as fusion of data from multiple technologies, the increased use of robotic platforms for automated inspection, pervasive digital sensing networks and automated analysis of large amounts of data.
The research priorities have been developed through a process to map out a 5, 10 and 20 year vision for NDE research undertaken by the RCNDE industrial partners (P. Thayer, Enabling 4IR and the role of NDE and monitoring, Insight, 59, 2017)
Research projects will span the range of topics indicated in the diagram below.
|Future NDE technologies||
|Future infrastructure NDE||
|Future manufacturing NDE||
Examples of previous projects
- 2D ultrasonic array system for the in-situ inspection of single crystal turbine blades
- NDE to reduce defect-related failures in turbocharger turbine wheels
- Thermography for power station environments
- Guided waves for power plant applications
- Use of microwaves for the detection of Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)