We offer a 4-year PhD position in non-destructive testing (NDT) of lined pipelines using ultrasound. This project is in collaboration with a large industrial partner who needs an efficient in-situ non-destructive test method to assess the structural integrity of lined pipelines (with diameters up to 1 m) which transport heavy acids. Typically, those pipelines have an outer steel wall (thickness 15 mm) and an inner protective enamel coating (thickness smaller than 1 mm). The integrity of the pipeline is largely determined by the health state of the inner enamel coating.
This 4-year PhD project involves mainly experimental research, and will use ultrasound waves to characterize inner enamel parameters (e.g. thickness, attenuation, wave speed …). Novel analysis and testing procedures will be implemented such that this ultrasonic inspection technique can be efficiently and robustly applied in an industrial environment.
Who do we look for ? You have obtained a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, (Applied) Physics or similar. You are interested to perform research on ultrasonic inspection of industrial lined pipelines. You have affinity with LabVIEW and/or MATLAB. You are interested to interact and collaborate with industry.