UWTSD’s Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering hosts talk by its Professor of Practice Ian Cooper


UWTSD was delighted to welcome Professor of Practice Ian Cooper from TWI Technology Centre Wales, Port Talbot, to the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (FACE) to deliver a talk entitled ‘Integrity and Safety of Welded bonded and fabricated structures’ on Wednesday, April 18.

Professor Cooper highlighted the benefits of Industrial collaboration with universities and showcased some leading edge research that has benefitted from close collaboration with the Non Destructive Testing (NDT) group at UWTSD led by Professor Peter Charlton.

Professor Charlton said: “Non Destructive Testing is a strategically important industry within Wales.  With the support of our industrial partners and in particular the ongoing collaboration with Professor Ian Cooper and TWI Technology Centre Wales, the University is fast becoming a global leader in cutting edge applied NDT research.”

Professor Cooper said: “TWI Wales has developed a reputation for developing leading edge NDT solutions to challenging applications across a range of industries. What makes us stronger in such a challenging market is the ability to draw upon the skills and knowledge of our academic partners, and in particular, the close collaboration we have with Professor Charlton’s NDT group.”

Owen Rees Lloyd, a PhD Researcher from the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering also delivered a talk on ‘Electromagnetic Acoustic transducers- Optimisation for use on rail’, detailing the ultrasonic inspection of rail track using electromagnetic acoustic transducers, and the optimisation of the transducers for detection of rolling contact fatigue.

The research talks hosted by FACE are open to researchers, students interested in research or staff from any faculty and provide an excellent opportunity to mix, meet and hear about research strategy within schools.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), has become a global centre for academic teaching, research and development in the field of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). NDT 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. This is the first time that a significant Department for Trade and Industry project of this nature has been established in Wales, and consequently the project has high-visibility, with strong support from the Welsh Government and a range of prestigious international clients. The demand for NDT is evident by the establishment of a major collaborative project between Rolls Royce, Bombardier, GNK Aerospace, Airbus and TWI Ltd, in which UWTSD is a lead academic partner.

The University, through FACE, remains closely involved with TWI Technology Centre Wales, with several PhD studentships created. There is a growing momentum of research activity, with the appointment of a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Research Associate in NDT at the University.

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.

Click here for further information about the courses offered at the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at UWTSD https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/msc-non-destructive-testing-and-evaluation/

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