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Intelligent Acoustic Emission System for Industrial Process Monitoring

   Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

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  Dr Eve Zhang, Dr M Martínez  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This project aims to develop an AI system able to interpret Acoustic Emission (AE) measurements, for online monitoring and optimisation of industrial processes.

An AE sensor operates by detecting stress waves from a material undergoing deformation with frequency content up to several MHz. An array of AE sensors can detect the degree as well as the location of the micro-mechanism activity within the structure.

For instance, during laser shock surface treatment, AE sensors can be attached to the material surface and stream data to an AI system that analyses and predicts the surface characteristics of the treated material in real time. Reliable in-process monitoring and accurate prediction of the key parameters can enable intelligent process control through an optimisation scheme, improving the efficiency of the process.

The PhD researcher will work within an interdisciplinary research group and benefit from extensive experimental and high-performance computing facilities, including an AE system and an AI workstation.

There could be an opportunity for a fully-funded UK studentship working with a Catapult Centre, where the student could collect AE measurements from the laser shock-based processes. This project is an exciting opportunity for a forward-thinking individual to participate in the study of intelligent process monitoring using AEs.


Primary supervisor: Dr Eve Zhang

Secondary supervisor: Dr Miguel Martínez García

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Students should have or expect to achieve, at least a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in engineering, mathematics, computer science or a related discipline.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Find out more about research degree funding

How to apply

All applications should be made online and must include a research proposal. Under the programme name, select 'Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering'. Please quote the advertised reference number AACME-23-006 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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Funding Notes

UK fee
£4,596 full-time degree per annum
International fee
£25,100 full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
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