Joint paper by UWTSD and TWI is awarded the John Grimwade Medal


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is delighted to note that a paper written jointly by staff at the faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE) along with industrial partners TWI Ltd, has been awarded the John Grimwade Medal 2017 recently by the technical committee of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT).

The John Grimwade Medal was created in 1981 as a memorial to the late E J Grimwade MC, HonFInstNDT, an outstanding pioneer of non-destructive testing (NDT) in Great Britain. The medal is awarded annually to the author(s) of the best paper by a member to appear in the Institute’s Insight journal.

The paper entitled, ‘Virtual source aperture imaging and calibration for ultrasonic inspections through dual-layered media for non-destructive testing’ was written by Dr M Sutcliffe, Professor Peter Charlton and Dr S Mosey of UWTSD, and Dr M Weston of TWI.  The Virtual Source Aperture (VSA) ultrasound imaging method is the result of an ongoing collaborative research programme into cutting edge ultrasound image and signal processing between the NDT research group at UWTSD and major industrial partners, TWI Technology Centre Wales.

UWTSD, has become a global centre for academic teaching, research and development in the field of NDT, which is considered essential for the safety of aircraft, off-shore oil installations, gas pipelines, railroads, chemical plant, power stations, civil engineering structures and a wide range of industrial products. As the technology develops, further applications are emerging, for example, in medicine and in on-line and off-line testing for quality control in the manufacturing industry. This is particularly so in the automotive and electronics sectors.

With the increasing use of composite materials and the potential for the use of "smart" materials embedded in structures, the UK government has a strong interest in promoting the development of appropriate NDT technology to ensure the safety and quality of products built from such materials.

UWTSD was a key partner, with TWI Ltd, in the establishment of the UK NDT Validation Centre, now the TWI Technology Centre Wales, in Port Talbot. The University, through FACE, remains closely involved with TWI in Wales, with several PhD studentships created. To supplement its widely recognised and respected Research and Development work, the University offers the only NDT postgraduate qualification in Europe. The highly valued MSc programme supports the global demand for well-qualified engineers who can operate at senior management level, dealing with a range of graduate or postgraduate engineers.

Professor Michael Fernando, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering said: “Our research in the field of non-destructive testing is cutting edge and world class and it is led eminently by Professor Pete Charlton.  The prestigious John Grimwade’s medal for the latest publication underlines the world leading nature of our NDT work and it is a testament to the commitment of Professor Charlton and all our industrial partners.”

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