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PhD in Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing for Aerospace Inspection


   Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

  Prof S.G. Pierce  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Fully Funded – Enhanced Stipend – Industry Sponsored

EPSRC CDT in Future Innovation in Non-Destructive Evaluation 

The University of Strathclyde is offering a fully funded (with enhanced stipend) PhD studentship in the area of Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), to a suitably qualified student with a background in engineering/ physics/ computer science and programming. 

You will have an interest in using ultrasound to image the internal structure of engineering materials, to identify critical defects. Areas for the research will include ultrasonic measurement and propagation studies (including computer modelling), signal processing, image processing, machine learning, as well as automating measurements using advanced robotic systems.

The studentship is part of the FIND Centre for Doctoral Training, https://www.find-cdt.ac.uk/ giving you access to a wide range of training and networking opportunities. The training covers both technical and transferable skills. The networking includes an annual student conference as well as technology transfer workshops with industry.

Working with our global aerospace partner (Spirit AeroSystems) – you will have opportunity to integrate and network globally to conduct high quality novel research linked closely to industry applications and impact.  Typical applications areas are in ultrasonic NDT of composite materials used in wing and fuselage fabrication. 

You will work with an established and dynamic team of researchers in the new £25M Sensor Enabled Automation, Robotics & Control Hub (http://search.eee.strath.ac.uk/ ) giving you unrivalled access to state of the art ultrasonics, computing and robotics hardware. The lab is closely linked with the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS), https://www.nmis.scot/ and the new Aerospace Innovation Centre https://www.spiritaero.com/programs/research-technology/research-centers/ established by Spirit AeroSystems at their Prestwick manufacturing facility.  

Applications are welcomed from a wide variety of disciplines and experience; you will likely have an engineering/ physics/ computer science and programming background. 

Please contact Professor Gareth Pierce at Strathclyde for more details


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