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Structural Health Monitoring Informed Digital Twins

College of Engineering and Applied Science

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About the Project

About the project

 A Digital Twin is a digital representation of a physical asset. For structural integrity assessment purposes, the Digital Twin learns from a variety of sources to provide real-time tracking of structural integrity, as well as allow exploration of future condition under proposed usage profiles. The Digital Twin concept will be transformative in the informed operation and management of engineering assets. In the project the example application of Flow Accelerated Corrosion of power station pipework will be used.

This project focusses on the development of probabilistic structural integrity assessments. Uncertainty quantification will be completed on data from permanently installed sensors and then integrated with the probabilistic structural integrity assessment. The probabilistic structural integrity assessment must therefore be receptive of real-time data and capable of fusing data sources. The methods will be developed into a digital twin which will be demonstrated in numerical and experimental test-cells. The project will work closely with industry partners to target transfer of the technology to industry.

Candidate requirements

You should have at least a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as Engineering, Statistics, Data Science, or Physics. Applicants should have a good grounding in probability. Applicants should have a first class degree or GPA of at least 3.5. If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of at least 6.5 is expected.

About the University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati Center for Nondestructive Evaluation ( is a world leader in nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) research. High achieving researchers are sought to expand the Centers research portfolio. At UCNDE you will be part of a supportive and successful team of researchers and benefit from intensive one-on-one supervision. The Center covers a wide range of research areas and will work with you to advance state-of-the-art techniques and technology.

The University of Cincinnati is a leading R1 university (the highest level of research activity), based in a city campus in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA ( At the University of Cincinnati you will have access to world class research facilities and supervision, in addition to world class recreation facilities.

About the PhD program

The PhD program is typically four years full time. The PhD program includes roughly one year of taught courses. UCNDE is part of the Aerospace Engineering & Engineering Mechanics department. While research projects do not necessary focus on aerospace applications, the researcher will typically be enrolled in either the Aerospace Engineering or Engineering Mechanics PhD program. Please see for more details on the programs.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter, relevant transcripts and a copy of your CV to [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

The applicant will receive a tuition waiver and receive a $26,000 per year stipend.

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