NSIRC172a

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship (Funded by TWI Ltd)- Development of inspection techniques for non-sharp defects

Background/Description

The science of fracture mechanics, and hence the engineering assessments based on fracture mechanics, assume a sharp crack is present. This approach is conservative, sometimes overly so, for real defects such as porosity, mechanical or corrosion damage, weld defects, or certain design features including crevices in partial penetration welds. These defects have non-sharp defect tips and an increased resistance to fracture compared to an equivalent component containing a sharp crack.
To take advantage of this increased fracture resistance in the latest structural integrity assessment techniques, it is necessary to measure the radius. From an inspection viewpoint, this poses a significant challenge as it is not currently possible to distinguish between sharp (e.g. fatigue) cracks and non-sharp defects and to produce accurate shape descriptions. Recent developments [1-4] show promising opportunities for creating new capabilities for improved structural efficiency of safety-critical assets. These methods were pioneered at the University of Bristol (UoB) and have yet to be exploited for design and structural integrity applications and therefore further experimental testing and validation is required. This is an exciting opportunity to work in a highly motivated and vibrant research intensive group as well as spending time at a leading industrial institute in the field, TWI Ltd. 
You will be working as a member of a solid mechanics group at the University of Bristol, a world-renowned research team in the field of Structural Integrity. During your studies you will be working in developing and testing NDE techniques both at TWI and University of Bristol.  You are expected to be highly computer literate and able to learn using software such as finite element to simulate your experiments.
Candidates interested in fracture mechanics, non-destructive valuation methods and structural analysis and optimisation and ‘hands on’ experiments are encouraged to apply. The candidate will be co-supervised by Dr Channa Nageswaran (TWI) and Dr Nicolas Larrosa (UoB) and will spend 1/3 of his/her time in UoB and 2/3 in TWI. Candidates should ideally hold a first/upper-second class degree or masters (MSc) in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Physics.

About NSIRC

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, the universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Loughborough, Birmingham, Leicester and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

Candidate Requirements

Good ability in experimental solid mechanics and a grasp of computer coding (e.g. Matlab).
Ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally.
Willingness to conduct the research between the University of Bristol and TWI, Cambridge.
Candidates should have a relevant 1st class honours degree/ expected to receive or an equivalent overseas degree in Physics, Maths or an Engineering Discipline. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling and experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by TWI and academic partners. For Home students, a £24k per annum scholarship is available which will cover tuition fees and provide a competitive enhanced STIPEND of £16-20kper annum for the duration of three years.

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NSIRC179

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation) - Protection of offshore wind turbines using low-cost, damage tolerant, sacrificial coatings (ProCoat)

Background

Mitigating corrosion of offshore structures requires the use of cathodic protection often in conjunction with dielectric coatings. The use of dielectric coatings reduces anode consumption, but they increase the complexity during fabrication and installation that can add cost to the process. In addition, protective coatings that rely entirely on their barrier properties offer little or no protection once breached. As damage is likely in the splash and tidal zone, these coating systems need expensive inspection and maintenance regime to ensure long-term protection of offshore structures. Thus, a damage tolerant, protective coating system is required which can provide a cost-effective engineering solution to corrosion and related problems. Such coatings would ensure damage-tolerant design of a structure to ensure that should some form of degradation occur during the operational life such as accidental damage then the remaining structure can function without corrosion or failure.

Inspection, maintenance and repair of offshore structures is important for ensuring safe operation. The development of damage tolerant coating system will greatly enhance the life of offshore structures and reduce the requirement of maintenance and repair, thus enhancing safety of life and property.

Project Outline

The project will analyse the damage tolerance of sacrificial coating systems, which can be used to replace the combined systems, anodes and dielectric coatings, currently used in the offshore industry. The sacrificial coatings will be sprayed onto carbon steel and controlled damage will be produced before exposing them to seawater. The electrochemical monitoring will be carried out to understand the sacrificial protection offered by such coatings when damaged. The effect of temperature and salinity on the damage tolerance of such coatings will also be explored. Use of numerical models will also be explored to understand the effect of different service conditions on the performance of the selected sacrificial coatings, particularly in the presence of damage.

In summary, this project will build on ongoing research to enable development of industrial solutions to offshore corrosion. It is envisaged that the coating system would be deployed in offshore oil and gas production and energy production e.g. wind farms with extended design lifetimes. The high damage tolerance of these coatings would be beneficial, as the offshore industry requires extensive inspection procedures to ensure that corrosion and fatigue have not initiated due to failure of protective paint systems. Offshore inspections are costly and are undertaken by highly skilled individuals. The development of damage tolerant system will greatly enhance the life of offshore structures and reduce the requirement of maintenance and repair. This will have a direct impact on safety since it will reduce the likelihood of unexpected failures and risks associated with offshore repair operations. There are several industrial standard that are used for specifying, testing, qualifying and inspecting coatings. The damage tolerance of the coatings are generally not included in most of these standards. The study proposed here would give more information on the damage tolerance and can contribute to the improvement of international standards such as ISO 2063, Norsok M501, NACE No. 12/AWS C2.23M/SSPC CS 23, AWS C2.18 etc. A successful project could produce coating systems that require no or minimal maintenance or inspection.

About Industrial Sponsor

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation funds the advancement of engineer-related education and research and supports work that enhances safety of life at sea, on land and in the air, because life matters. Lloyd’s Register Foundation is partly funded by the profits of their trading arm Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.

About NSIRC

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with, top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

About the University

The University of Leicester is one of the UK's leading universities, committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. Leicester is ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings. Leicester is a leading UK university, currently ranked 34th in the Complete University Guide.

Leicester is leading the IMPACT CDT programme. The IMPACT CDT aims to train the future technical leaders in metal processing with the required combination of experimental, analytical, computational and professional skills that are needed to lead innovation. This multi-disciplinary training programme provides students from different disciplines with coherent knowledge of a range of metal processing technologies and develop their expertise in solving industrially relevant problems, to enable the UK manufacturing industry to remain the most innovative and greatest value added globally.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Materials Science, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling, corrosion and electrochemistry are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by Lloyds Register Foundation, TWI and academic partners. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24k/year.

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NSIRC195

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by TWI Ltd) – Multimodal Drones for Remote Inspection of Inaccessible Surfaces

 

Institution: National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)

PhD Industrial Supervisor: Georgios Asfis

Application Deadline: Open throughout the year 

Funding Availability: Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

 

Background

To date, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) are limited to purely visual camera inspections – very few  UAVs exist capable of deploying NDT sensors (ultrasonic, eddy current, GPR) at altitude on vertical surfaces and they all acquire point measurements

Penetrating NDT techniques such as ultrasound normally require stable contact with the surface, which means that the UAV needs to smoothly move while a component of it smoothly touches the surface to deploy the NDT probes and make measurements to detect internal defects such as cracks, corrosion, etc.  Achieving such agility for drone technology requires multiple advances in the following key areas: aerodynamics for flight in close proximity to fixed surfaces; distance and 3D force measurement from the contact area; novel autonomous dynamic flight control system to cope with the former and take in to account the later to achieve smooth and safe handling in close proximity to objects.

 

Project Outline

The research will advance the capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles deployed for accessing and surveillance of tall structures by flying to and “touching” payload-carrying UAVs on remote, unprepared, high vertical surfaces such as chimneys, wind turbine blades, bridges or tower block curtain walls where they can manoeuvre to carry out missions such as surveillance or inspection. 

The research will investigate novel aerodynamic solutions providing stability while flying in contact to UAVs in many hitherto excluded application fields, particularly remote NDT. Simulation studies with CFD will be used to optimise the aerodynamic model of existing COTS aircraft. A novel NDT probe payload carrying mechanism will be designed to attach to a COTS UAV platform and allow constant contact at as range of UAV attitudes. The mechanism will be instrumented to provide distance from the surface and force measurements. The resulting UAV prototype will require advanced embedded control engineering to fly autonomously and to attain the desired closeness to the vertical structure.

The main novelty lies in development of a novel flight control system to allow the UAV smooth flight while an NDT sensor is touching the surface of a structure: 

Would the NDT carrying mechanism work where the wall surface is not flat or is partly porous?

Will close proximity flying to a vertical wall be possible when the coupled aerodynamics of the UAV in the vicinity of the target wall are likely to be highly unsteady and subject to gusting, turbulence, and unpredictable wind loading?

Where will payload/sensors be mounted on the prototype device?

The proposed research can lead to potential new lines of investigation in contact UAV flight and intelligent autonomous flight control systems.

About Industrial Sponsor

TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation. Over 800 staff give impartial technical support in welding, joining, materials science, structural integrity, NDT, surfacing and packaging. Services include generic research, confidential R&D, technical information, technology transfer, training and qualification.

About NSIRC

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

About University 

Brunel University London 

Candidate Requirements

Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling and experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by TWI and academic partners. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a minimum stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24k/year. 

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NSIRC217

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by TWI Ltd) – Development of novel coatings for the protection of high strength steels

Background

Due to its toxicity and carcinogenic effects, cadmium (Cd) has been a “substance of very high concern” to the EU. It is now ranked highly on the candidate list for authorisation https://echa.europa.eu/candidate-list-table, which means a Sunset date for its general usage across all industry sectors will be set in the next year or so.

The aerospace and defence sector specifies cadmium on many safety critical high strength steel (HSS) components and it is likely that the use of cadmium plating will be permitted on many legacy components for the next ~20 years. However, new products will be required to implement Cd alternatives. There have been many research projects (both proprietary and collaborative) to develop suitable replacements for all applications of cadmium with varying degrees of success.

Electrodeposition of Zn-Ni coatings has been undertaken by industry for several years. However, due to issues with IP, variability in testing and commercial competitiveness, industry as a whole has not benefitted. It is unclear as to which deposition parameters give the best coating performance. Some literature give deposition  parameters  and others  give a good indication of the performance based on short-term laboratory corrosion tests. However, these tests are often too short or in unrealistically harsh conditions to be of much practical use. The academic community developing such techniques is often not concerned about industrial standards, cost, ease of application and repeatability. Therefore, the development of coatings, testing, and evaluation following industrial standards should be an important objective.

Project Outline

The project seeks to replace cadmium coatings by using electrodeposited coatings of materials with corrosion performance similar to or better than cadmium. Some of the candidate materials previously used include Ni, Zn, Zn-Ni and Al. Of the above, Ni is cathodic to carbon steel which implies that any breach or defect in the coating would lead to preferential corrosion of the substrate due to galvanic interactions in the presence of an electrolyte in service. Zn and Al coatings on the other hand are anodic to steel and hence protect steel in the case of any breach. However, due to the high activity of Zn the corrosion rate of Zn is sometimes unacceptable. A compromise is reached by Zn-Ni coatings with an acceptable corrosion rate. Zn-Ni coatings usually contain between 10-15% Ni.

As a first step, the project would look at the literature data on Zn-Ni coatings used for the protection of high strength steelsand make an informed choice regarding the process, parameters and test protocol. A similar approach will be undertaken for electrodeposition of aluminium in the conmtext of protection of HSS.

It has previously been shown  that ionic liquids and deep-eutectic solvents (DES) can be used for the deposition of metals. DES, which are mixtures of quaternary ammonium salts with either hydrogen bond donors or metal salts, are particularly exploited for metal deposition. One of the most effective of these DES electrolytes is a stoichiometric mix of ethylene glycol and choline chloride in a 2:1 ratio. Electrodeposition of Zn, Cr, Ag, Ni, Zn–Sn alloys and Cu composites from this DES has been demonstrated . Modification of the above composition has also been made to show beneficial effects . These electrolytes have been used to deposit single metals in most cases. The work on the deposition of Zn-Ni alloys by deep eutectic solvents is rare . However, no work has been reported on the behaviour of the coatings in service conditions following a standard.

Zn-Ni coatings will be electrodeposited galvanostatically on carbon steel from a chloride bath containing additives such as gelatin. Cyclic application of current will also be trialled to achieve multilayers. To obtain Zn–Ni alloy deposits with varying Zn content, the nickel concentration, temperature and deposition voltage will be varied. In this task Zn-Ni coatings will be developed using aqueous and non-aqueous solvents as electrolytes. Optimisation of the coating production will also be attempted. For aqueous systems, chlorides of Zn and Ni will be taken in requisite amounts and electrolysed using parameters available in literature. In the case of DES/Ionic solvents further work is required.

As Al cannot be deposited from aqueous solutions, ionic liquids (IL) will be employed. The electroactive solutions will be prepared by dissolving the aluminium source, aluminium chloride in the selected ionic liquid. Deposits will be prepared by a potentiostatic technique.

Two types of tests will be carried out: screening tests using salt spray using ISO9227, and final embrittlement/re-embrittlement tests using an international standard. The screening tests are likely to give an indication of the corrosion performance of the coated substrate. Specimens containing defects are generally employed to assess scribe creep etc. Standard test methods ASTM F519 and F1624 are used to test the susceptibility of coated HSS substrates to hydrogen embrittlement and re-embrittlement respectively. ASTM F519 also outlines a procedure for hydrogen re-embrittlement testing (in test solution), which may be used as an alternative to ASTM F1624.

A scanning electron microscope (SEM) will be employed for examination of the coating surface morphology and an energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) will be used for chemical composition analysis of the elements in the coating. Coating-cross sectional analysis will be carried out to analyse the coating microstructure and measure the coating thickness. SEM/EDS will be employed for this purpose.

About NSIRC

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, the universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Loughborough, Birmingham, Leicester and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting-edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

Candidate Requirements

Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Physics, Chemistry or an Engineering Discipline. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling and experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by TWI and academic partners. Up to £24k per annum scholarship is available which will help cover tuition fees and provide a STIPEND  for the duration of three years.

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NSIRC220

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship- Development of high performance coatings for geothermal drilling applications.

Background

Following its long history of expertise and knowledge in coatings, material properties and performance, TWI has teamed up with experts in geothermal drilling technology including operators, specialists with experience in materials performance in harsh geothermal environments and development of graphene-based materials and coatings, and simulation experts, to develop a novel and cost-effective drilling technology for geothermal systems on the Geo-Drill project:
https://preview-twi.cloud.contensis.com/microsites/geodrill/home.aspx
The consortium has 12 partners from 7 countries, including end users and geothermal drilling operators and research facilities, and aims to reduce the costs of drilling to depths of ~5km and at temperatures of over 200°C. This will be achieved by improving the lifetime of drilling components through advanced materials and coatings. High performance coated surfaces will be investigated and optimized for operating in the aggressive environments of geothermal drilling and will aim to improve the lifetime of components in medium and high temperature geothermal.

Project Outline

The project requires a PhD student to study the fundamental materials properties and performance of candidate materials and coatings for Geothermal applications: specifically drill components, which are subject to severe corrosion, erosion, wear and combined effects thereof. Work will include generation of corrosion and corrosion-erosion performance data for a range of thermal spray coating technologies, including the development of new high entropy (HEA) alloys and graphene oxide doped materials, as well as assessment of current technologies, such as metallic coatings including nanocrystalline/amorphous alloys and cermet coatings that incorporate hard carbide phases in metallic binders. Work will include extensive characterisation and assessment of current benchmark technologies and the study of the relationship between thermal spray process parameters and coating performance for the newly developed materials. The project will include assessment of corrosion (using electrochemical testing), erosion and tribological performance on the various coating materials.
The project will also enable study of the wider issues relating to geothermal applications such as joining technologies, as well as manufacturing development and prototyping of coated demonstrator components.

About Industrial Sponsor


TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation. Over 800 staff give impartial technical support in welding, joining, materials science, structural integrity, NDT, surfacing and packaging. Services include generic research, confidential R&D, technical information, technology transfer, training and qualification.

About NSIRC


NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

About the University


The University of Leicester is a leading UK university committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. Leicester is consistently one of the most socially inclusive of the UK’s leading universities with a long-standing commitment to providing fairer and equal access to higher education.
The University has been ranked as the 35th most sustainable university in the world and 9th in the UK according to UI GreenMetric. Leicester is ranked in the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings. A substantial proportion of the University research (75%) was judged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health culture, and the environment.
Candidate Requirements
Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in experimental skills relating to the project scope are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.

Funding Notes


This project is funded by TWI and academic partners. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a minimum stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply.

 

 

 

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NSIRC226

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

NSIRC 226 PhD Studentship – Development of laser-based decontamination techniques

Institution: National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)

PhD Supervisor: Prof. Jonathan Lawrence; Dr Andrew Wilson

Application deadline: Applications accepted all year 

Funding Availability: Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

 

Background

Decontamination is a vital step in decommissioning of nuclear facilities. Most radioactive contaminants are usually deposited in a thin oxide layer on the base metal surfaces, various decontamination techniques involving chemical, electrochemical and mechanical methods are applied to remove this surface oxide layer. There is a current need to develop alternative decontamination techniques, which are more effective and produce the secondary waste generated, as this will deliver safety, economic and speed benefits.

Project Outline

This project will develop laser-based decontamination techniques for the treatment of corroded steel infrastructure. Laser decontamination is a branch of laser cleaning, which was first studied in the 1970s. However, recent developments in laser technology indicate a step change in process performance is possible, as well as a reduction in system costs. As such, the technology is becoming of significant interest to the nuclear sector, but also could be applied to other, more price-sensitive, sectors.

Laser decontamination occurs by a combination of mechanisms, the relative importance of each depending on the fluence used and the properties of the workpiece surface. Interactions between laser beams and ‘clean’ surfaces are relatively well understood, but little work has been undertaken to determine how dirt, oxide layers, paints etc influence the process dynamics. Two laser-based decontamination technologies will be investigated and assessed (i) nanosecond laser surface ablation and (ii) picosecond laser surface ablation. A key focus of this project is to provide a tool set for the remote, non-contact decontamination of strontium and caesium containing corrosion products of aged plant.

TWI will work together with Site Licensed Companies (Magnox & Sellafield Ltd.) and Coventry University. Decontaminating trials will be carried out with short-pulsed Yb-fibre lasers in the nano-/pico- second regime. The lasers will be tested on contaminated steel surfaces (simulants), with the samples then subsequently characterised. A fundamental understanding of how short-pulsed laser sources interact with corroded surfaces will be developed to ensure broad applicability of the results both in and outside of the nuclear sector.

The project will also include the first the development of controlled contaminant analogues, by using stable caesium and strontium to infiltrate rust layers of pre-corroded steel plates. Microscopy, spectroscopy, X-ray characterisation, augmented by imaging techniques will be applied to investigate the mechanism governing the percolation and absorption of contaminants into the rust layer, and the potential incorporation into the underlying steel matrix. The aim of this portion of research is to produce engineering steel surfaces with controlled strontium and caesium containing rust layers, for probing decontamination technologies. 

This project will deliver underpinning science of steel contamination and provide in parallel a strategy and tool set for implementing decontamination strategies.

About University/Department

Coventry University is an award winning, modern university with a tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on applied research. It is continually developing and is highly ranked, both nationally and internationally. With access to and additional support from Coventry University’s state-of-the-art Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing, AME is becoming a world-class facility for exploring and challenging tomorrow’s manufacturing and engineering technologies. AME is placed to be among the leaders of the fourth industrial revolution. The successful candidate will use all of this cutting-edge laser systems, and characterization instrumentation.

About NSIRC

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, the universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Loughborough, Leicester, Coventry and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners. 

Candidate Requirements

Candidates should have a degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in mechanical engineering, materials science, physics or chemistry (physical/surface). Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by TWI and Coventry University. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a minimum stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24k per year.

 

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NSIRC232

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by NIC) - Use of Microwave (MW) frequencies for NDT of non-metallic pipes.

Background

Microwaves (MW) are part of the electromagnetic spectrum with wave lengths in the centimeter range and frequencies from 0.3 to 300 GHz. The basic operating principle of this technology is based on the backscattering of microwaves as they travel from one media to another media with different dielectric constant. So a defect in the non-metallic structures is viewed as a new media with a different dielectric constant from the surrounding material.
At the moment MW NDT although is a technique applied in laboratories and few commercial systems are available it hasn’t enjoyed wider field use. Also it is not standardised and several configurations are in use. Moreover with mapping and ranging needs for automated vehicles MW electronics have moved from defence applications to more mainstream industrial ones. This gives an opportunity to explore MW NDT configurations previously unavailable.

Project Outline

Use of MW radiation as a means of detecting defects will be evaluated applications to be considered could include steel-fused based epoxies (FBE), glass fibre – carbon fibre interface and/or polymer-metal interface.

The research will at least cover
• microwave interferometry,
• pulse – echo microwave detection and ranging and
• Vector Network Analyser based evaluation

The work is expected to involve
• Finite Element based microwave propagation simulations,
• antenna design optimisation (through simulation),
• electronics design and assembly (for board level instruments) &
• laboratory experimentation.

Materials for experimental testing will include, but won’t be limited to:
• Insulated pipes (liners)
• reinforced thermoplastic pipes (RTP and TCP) and
• reinforced thermosetting pipes (GRE).

The NIC sponsor will define the pipe(s) of choice in order to develop the technology.

The technology will be evaluated against state of the art immersion and phased array ultrasonic and radiographic methods including CT.

Work layout and responsibilities: The expertise of two TWI section will be combined for the delivery of this project: ACS will bring expertise in composites materials and initiation of surface waves across interfaces that exist in composite pipe products. NDT will bring the expertise of using bulk electromagnetic waves; as well as interpretation of the results to information about the integrity of the structure and possible location of defects. The following bullets form an initial layout of the proposed research.
• Identification of interfaces of interest based on the selected pipe products (from NIC sponsor)
• Design of pipe digital twin (ACS – BU). Mechanical properties to be included in the model
• Design of transducer/antenna through Electromagnetic simulations (BU)
• Testing of transducers/antennas using VNA (ACS)
• Design of DAQ for signal interpretation (ACS-NDT-BU)
• Construction of DAQ system (NDT-BU)
• Manufacturing of interfaces (flat geometry) for initial tests and small tubes for technology demonstrator (ACS)
• Correlation of signals to defects (type of defect, location) (NDT)

About NSIRC

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with, top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

About University: Brunel University. Brunel Composites Innovation Centre (BCC)

BCC has been carrying out research in phenomena that take place at the interface of composite structures with other materials (hybrid joints). BCC is also currently doing research in communications in composite pipes for the Oil & Gas sector utilising TWI’s Surflow® technology (using surface waves to transmit information through the composite)

Candidate Requirements

Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Mathematics, Physics or Electronics Engineering.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by TWI and academic partners. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24k/year.

 

 

 

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NSIRC236

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyd's Register Foundation): Development of online inspection and monitoring of WAAM

Institution National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) / Coventry University
PhD Studentship: Development of online inspection and monitoring of WAAM

Institution National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) / Coventry University
PhD Supervisor Channa Nageswaran
Application Deadline For start January 2020
Funding Availability Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)


Background
Additive manufacturing (AM) is a suite of processes which “join materials to make parts from 3d model data, usually layer upon layer”.  AM is causing disruptive changes in manufacturing applications across the world, the advantages and benefits of which are becoming well understood. As metallic applications increase in size, wire and arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) which uses arc welding equipment and industrial manipulators as the basis of an AM system is becoming of increasing interest. WAAM has theoretically unlimited build envelope, reasonable resolution, accuracy and deposition rates, as well as the ability to deposit a wide range of materials.
However, the solidification characteristics and the surface conditions of as deposited material make it difficult to inspect the component during manufacture. Inspecting components after manufacture and final machining can be problematic, as the economic and timescale implications of rejection of a completed component could be significant.
This is one of three projects planned to work closely together to generate knowledge not only for their respective areas, but to the interconnectivity between them and their applicability to AM. The output of these projects will make a significant contribution to moving WAAM towards industrial acceptance.

Project Outline
As knowledge and experience of WAAM grows, it is becoming understood that the approach to building parts is not simply stacking weld on weld. The interactions between geometrical features within layers, the methodology of bead placement within a layer and how separate layers interact with each other have all been shown to have an effect on the output of the process. For these reasons, it is felt that the future of WAAM will be as a digital process where the part and its properties requirements are processed through an integrated modelling, simulation and computer aided engineering (CAE) package and the manufacturing process in terms of feedstock chemistry, deposition path and deposition parameters is generated to take account of all the complexities of the physical process. This process will then be operated in the physical world and monitored on-line during build to ensure the process is proceeding in line with expectation.
Strategies and methods for monitoring and inspection of WAAM during fabrication will be explored, with a focus on recently undertaken exploratory activities in TWI and publically available information (literature review). A number of candidate processes will be shortlisted based on their ability to tolerate the temperature of the process, their ability to cope with the microstructure of the materials of interest and their ability to work on the as-deposited surfaces of WAAM. The candidate processes will be explored in an experimental work programme using specimens available on which typical process conditions will be simulated. The most suitable candidate meeting the key criteria will then be selected for detailed development and performance evaluation. The most feasible inspection approach(es) will be developed to a level where they can be integrated with the WAAM system to monitor the process conditions and inspect for the emergence of flaws during the process, i.e. online.

About Industrial Sponsor
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation funds the advancement of engineering-related education and research and supports work that enhances the safety of life at sea, on land and in the air, because life matters. Lloyd’s Register Foundation is partly funded by the profits of their trading arm Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.

About Coventry University
Our research in Materials Engineering and Structural Integrity builds on our historical research strengths at Coventry and adds new research teams through investment and growth. We are part of the newly established University Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities. We aim to be the research partner of choice for key industry sectors including manufacturing, aerospace, and energy. We bring value to our partners by adding value, effecting knowledge transfer, generating intellectual property and fostering new technologies. This is underpinned by our expertise in Metrology, Advanced Experimentation, Residual Stress Analysis, Structural Integrity, and proven models of effective collaboration with academic peers and industrial partners from all over the world.
Our expertise lies in the successful delivery of research into materials and structural integrity for enhanced product performance. Our key research themes include:
• advanced analytical, modelling, and experimentation methods
• materials, mechanics and measurement
• non-destructive evaluation, material anomaly detection using evolutionary computing techniques
• residual stress measurement and stress engineering
• structural integrity methods for new materials made by advanced manufacturing processes
We are delighted to have been awarded 15 PhD studentships from NSIRC, with funding support from the BP Ltd, LRF and TWI.


About NSIRC
The National Structural Integrity Research Centre is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. Working closely with top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners, NSIRC aims to deliver industry led and relevant cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

Candidate Requirements
Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Material Science, Metallurgy, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics or Civil/Structural Engineering or Physics. Candidates with experience in experimental research, numerical modelling and / or applied industrial research are particularly encouraged to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 7.0) if applicable.

Funding Notes
This project is funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, TWI and Coventry University. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £20k/year.

 

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NSIRC237

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by TWI Ltd) – Repair of high strength corrosion resistant alloys using laser assisted cold spray


Institution National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)
PhD Supervisor Tanvir Hussain University of Nottingham
Application Deadline Open throughout the year
Funding Availability Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)


Background:

Cold spray is a technique where materials can be deposited by injecting powder particles into a high velocity, inert gas stream. When fast moving particles impact a substrate, high strain rate deformation occurs, breaking oxide layers and resulting in metallic bonding between particle and substrate. When conditions are optimised, high density, high strength deposits can be created. This technology is increasingly being considered for use in the repair of structural components across a range of industry sectors (e.g. aerospace, marine, offshore and power generation). As material can be deposited directly from powder with no melting/solidification, oxygen-sensitive materials can be sprayed without any special precautions. Many of the challenges (residual stress, distortion, weld microstructures, etc) that arise when using fusion-based techniques are minimised, enhancing the safety of the repair operation. However, cold spray deposition of high strength, corrosion resistant alloys (CRAs) remains a challenge and often mechanical properties of such deposits are poor. This PhD will investigate using hybrid laser-cold spray techniques to modify deformation during impact and improve performance of deposited material.

Project Outline

The goal of the proposed PhD project is to investigate the effect of laser-assistance on cold spray deposition behaviour in high-strength, corrosion-resistant alloys. This project will determine how the interplay between laser parameters, cold spray parameters and powder microstructure affect the mechanical properties of the deposit. It is expected that a more detailed study into the behaviour will enable a significant change in the performance of cold spray deposits and the range of materials that can be processed by such techniques. This will lead to the development of high integrity repair techniques capable of prolonging the safe life of critical structures. A suite of advanced characterisation techniques will be used to ascertain how materials properties develop and how structural performance can be improved. This could include (but is not limited to) residual stress by synchrotron XRD or neutron diffraction, high resolution EBSD and SEM/TEM.

About Industrial Sponsor

TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation. Over 800 staff give impartial technical support in welding, joining, materials science, structural integrity, NDT, surfacing and packaging. Services include generic research, confidential R&D, technical information, technology transfer, training and qualification. The Lloyd’s Register Foundation funds the advancement of engineer-related education and research and supports work that enhances safety of life at sea, on land and in the air, because life matters. Lloyd’s Register Foundation is partly funded by the profits of their trading arm Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.

About NSIRC

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

About University

The University of Nottingham is a public research university based in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom. Nottingham is organised into five constituent faculties, within which there are more than 50 schools, departments, institutes and research centres. The University of Nottingham saw its position as one of Britain’s leading research universities confirmed with the results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 – the UK’s definitive guide to research quality and excellence. The Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham ranked 3rd in the General Engineering Panel in the REF 2014 , Nottingham was named 'University of the Year' for graduate employment by The Sunday Times.

Candidate Requirements Candidates should have a relevant UK degree (Materials/ Mecahnical/ Manufacturing/ applied Physics/ applied Chemistry) at 2.1 minimum (with 70% in dissertation), or an equivalent overseas degree. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. The candidate must meet the English language requirement of the University of Nottingham.

Funding Notes

This project is funded by TWI and academic partners. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a stipend of up to £20k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Exceptional overseas applicants are welcome to apply for a fees only award.

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NSIRC238

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

Investigation of reheated weld metal microstructure as a function of feedstock chemistry and extrapolation for additive manufacture

 Background
Additive manufacturing (AM) is a suite of processes which “join materials to make parts from 3d model data, usually layer upon layer”. AM is causing disruptive changes in manufacturing applications across the world, the advantages and benefits of which are becoming well understood. As metallic applications increase in size, wire and arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) which uses arc welding equipment and industrial manipulators as the basis of an AM system is becoming of increasing interest. WAAM has theoretically unlimited build envelope, reasonable resolution, accuracy and deposition rates, as well as the ability to deposit a wide range of materials. However, research into this process is showing that although it may appear simple, the interconnectivity between inputs such as the part design, feedstock material, deposition process variables and thermal history can result in unusual microstructures and mechanical properties. Understanding and monitoring the effects of inputs and how they affect the final part is felt to be a significant step in acceptance of the design and manufacture of large scale parts by WAAM. This is one of three projects planned to work closely together to generate knowledge for respective areas, and the interconnectivity between them and their applicability to WAAM. The output of these projects will make a significant contribution to moving WAAM towards industrial acceptance.

Project Outline
TWI has been seen as an authority on weld metal microstructures, and this strategic PhD research project intends to establish that ongoing expertise into the 21st Century. While a large programme of research in the 1980s systematically investigated the influence of different alloying elements on as-deposited weld metal microstructures, it did not consider the microstructural modifications occurring through reheating by subsequent weld layers. The nature of WAAM means that the resulting microstructure is extensively reheated by subsequent passes. Hence, there is a need to extend the understanding of weld metal microstructural evolution towards the reheated weld microstructures that form in WAAM.
This work will adapt the understanding of carbon and low alloy steel weld metal microstructures in multi-pass butt welds to identify relationships between weld metal alloying additions and optimised reheated microstructure in order to help develop optimised weld consumable chemistries for WAAM applications. Three main tasks will be performed:
Activity 1 – Review of microstructure formation in multi-pass weld metals;
Activity 2 – Correlating element compositions and weld thermal parameters with reheated weld metal microstructures;
Activity 3 – Modelling and extrapolation of feedstock chemistry and thermal field from multi-pass welding to WAAM
An existing set of butt welds fabricated using a systemic series of different weld metal compositions will be provided for analysis. Further experimental trials from linked projects will be used to extend and validate results and new material families may be introduced if time and resource allow.

About Industrial Sponsor
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation funds the advancement of engineering-related education and research and supports work that enhances the safety of life at sea, on land and in the air, because life matters. Lloyd’s Register Foundation is partly funded by the profits of their trading arm Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.

About Coventry University
Our research in Materials Engineering and Structural Integrity builds on our historical research strengths at Coventry and adds new research teams through investment and growth. We are part of the newly established University Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities. We bring value to our partners by adding value, effecting knowledge transfer, generating intellectual property and fostering new technologies. This is underpinned by our expertise in Metrology, Advanced Experimentation, Residual Stress Analysis, Structural Integrity, and proven models of effective collaboration with academic peers and industrial partners from all over the world.
We are delighted to have been awarded 15 PhD studentships from NSIRC, with funding support from the BP Ltd, LRF and TWI.

About NSIRC
The National Structural Integrity Research Centre is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. Working closely with top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners, NSIRC aims to deliver industry led and relevant cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

Candidate Requirements
Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Material Science, Metallurgy, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics or Civil/Structural Engineering or Physics. Candidates with experience in experimental research, numerical modelling and / or applied industrial research are particularly encouraged to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 7.0) if applicable.

Funding notes

This project is funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, TWI and academic partners. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £20k/year.

 

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NSIRC239

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship (Sponsored by Lloyds Register Foundation): Development of WAAM process to achieve consistent bead geometry and microstructure with optimised feedstock chemistry

Institution National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) / Coventry University
PhD Supervisor Adrian Addison
Funding Availability Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)


Background
Additive manufacturing (AM) is a suite of processes which “join materials to make parts from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer”. AM is causing disruptive changes in manufacturing applications across the world, the advantages and benefits of which are becoming well understood. As metallic applications increase in size, wire and arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) which uses arc welding equipment and industrial manipulators as the basis of an AM system is becoming of increasing interest. WAAM has theoretically unlimited build envelope, reasonable resolution, accuracy and deposition rates, as well as the ability to deposit a wide range of materials. However, research into this process is showing that although it may appear simple, the interconnectivity between inputs such as the part design, feedstock material, deposition process variables and thermal history can result in unusual microstructures and mechanical properties. Understanding and monitoring the effects of inputs and how they affect the final part is felt to be a significant step in acceptance of the design and manufacture of large scale parts by WAAM. This is one of three projects planned to work closely together to generate knowledge not only for their respective areas, but to the interconnectivity between them and their applicability to AM. The output of these projects will make a significant contribution to moving WAAM towards industrial acceptance.

Project Outline
As knowledge and experience of WAAM grows, it is becoming understood that the approach to building parts is not simply stacking weld on weld. The interactions between geometrical features within layers, the methodology of bead placement within a layer and how separate layers interact with each other have all been shown to have an effect on the output of the process. The thermal field generated affects the cross section of the newly deposited bead and the evolution of the microstructure within it. Similarly, the welding world’s approach of using a fixed set of process parameters has also been shown to result in a variable output in terms of geometry, regularity and unusual microstructural evolution. For these reasons, it is felt that the future of WAAM will be as a digital process where the part and its properties requirements are processed through an integrated modelling, simulation and computer aided engineering (CAE) package and the manufacturing process in terms of feedstock chemistry, deposition path and deposition parameters is generated to take account of all the complexities of the physical process.
This project will develop knowledge of deposition process parameters and develop methods to place a consistent bead cross section during manufacture of complex geometric features using WAAM. Additionally, during processing, the process parameter effects and thermal fields will be measured and used to provide input to the linked microstructure project, other modelling and simulation efforts and the linked monitoring and non-destructive testing project. Two main tasks will be performed:
Activity 1 – Development of critical deposition parameters and control methods;
Activity 2 – Deposition using developed variable input deposition process, including special chemistry feedstock and on-line monitoring and testing methods;

About Industrial Sponsor
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation funds the advancement of engineering-related education and research and supports work that enhances the safety of life at sea, on land and in the air, because life matters. Lloyd’s Register Foundation is partly funded by the profits of their trading arm Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.

About Coventry University
Our research in Materials Engineering and Structural Integrity builds on our historical research strengths at Coventry and adds new research teams through investment and growth. We are part of the newly established University Research Institute for Future Transport and Cities. We aim to be the research partner of choice for key industry sectors including manufacturing, aerospace, and energy. We bring value to our partners by adding value, effecting knowledge transfer, generating intellectual property and fostering new technologies. This is underpinned by our expertise in Metrology, Advanced Experimentation, Residual Stress Analysis, Structural Integrity, and proven models of effective collaboration with academic peers and industrial partners from all over the world.
Our expertise lies in the successful delivery of research into materials and structural integrity for enhanced product performance. Our key research themes include:
• advanced analytical, modelling, and experimentation methods
• materials, mechanics and measurement
• non-destructive evaluation, material anomaly detection using evolutionary computing techniques
• residual stress measurement and stress engineering
• structural integrity methods for new materials made by advanced manufacturing processes
We are delighted to have been awarded 15 PhD studentships from NSIRC, with funding support from the BP Ltd, LRF and TWI.


About NSIRC
The National Structural Integrity Research Centre is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. Working closely with top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners, NSIRC aims to deliver industry led and relevant cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

Candidate Requirements
Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in Material Science, Metallurgy, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronics or Civil/Structural Engineering or Physics. Candidates with experience in experimental research, numerical modelling and / or applied industrial research are particularly encouraged to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 7.0) if applicable.

Funding Notes
This project is funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, TWI and Coventry University. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £20k/year.

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NSIRC240

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD studentship (Sponsored by TWI Ltd and Lancaster University) - Digital Process Iteration human-robot for improved brazing safety and productivity

Institution: National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)

PhD Supervisor: Nick Ludford/Stefano Tedeschi (TWI)

Application Deadline: Open throughout the year

Funding Availability: Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Background: Brazing is a well-established manufacturing process for a range of different safety critical components, however, a number steps are still operator dependent. Of particular criticality is the application of the brazing consumable, typically in a paste or wire form, which is used to form the joint. This requires the use of a skilled operator to correctly apply the consumable for each joint, which is a repetitive and time-consuming activity. The use process digitalisation to optimise the process and consumable application (creating greater production control) could result in significant improvements in process repeatability and robustness.

Automated pasting, performance assessment, integration of robotics.

Project Outline:

Many industrial manufacturing companies are driven by the desire for automation and smart manufacturing into the fourth industrial revolution – also referred to as Industry 4.0 – through automated and digital process cutting-edge technology such as the Industrial Internet of Things. Also, at the forefront of robotics is the idea of a robot capable of safe, collaborative working with operators to perform tasks across the process.

This research aims to study and develop an algorithm for human-robot learning control for collaborative output tasks. Such human-robot learning control needs to satisfy two cases:

  • The desired output is directly available to the robot
  • The robot infers the desired output from the human-achieved output

Therefore, the second challenge for this research is to develop a secure methodology to systematically digitalise a process that is typically very heavily operator dependent. It will be necessary to design robust, safe and secure hardware and software modules, which can be applied to the process to facilitate productivity improvements via the use of robotics. The overall objective is to develop an automated and repeatable digitalised process for the manufacture of safety critical components.

Developing a framework around capturing process data, part geometry and handling requirements, securely transferring this data to a service platform (i.e. a Cloud), and then performing data analytics to correlate part performance will be required. This will enable manufacturing companies to minimise downtime, reduce human – process errors, and decrease maintenance costs. Implementation of the framework will result in a more competitive market by providing more efficient solutions to the customer.

About Industrial Sponsor:

TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation. Over 800 staff give impartial technical support in welding, joining, materials science, structural integrity, NDT, surfacing and packaging. Services include generic research, confidential R&D, technical information, technology transfer, training and qualification.

About NSIRC:

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

About University:

Lancaster University is a strong and dynamic university with a very highly regarded Engineering Department.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 91% of research quality and 100% of impact was assessed as being internationally excellent and world leading. Lancaster’s approach to interdisciplinary collaboration means that it has pre-eminent capacity and capability for the integration of Engineering with expertise in the areas of data science, autonomous and learning systems, intelligent automation, materials science and cyber security. The University is developing an ambitious growth plan for Engineering, including investment in staff, doctoral students, equipment and a new building focussed on research themes including Digital and Advanced Manufacturing.  Lancaster is the current Times and Sunday Times University of the Year.

Candidate Requirements:

Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling and experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum 6.5) if applicable.

Tasks according to the type of project, typically involve:

  • Knowledge and practical experience of computer operating systems, hardware and software knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • Analysing user requirements
  • Writing and testing code, refining and rewriting it as necessary
  • Writing systems to control the scheduling of jobs or to control the access allowed to users or remote systems
  • Integrating existing software products and getting incompatible platforms to work together
  • Maths knowledge
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Design skills
  • The ability to work well with others
  • To be flexible and open
  • To change continually updating technical knowledge and skills by attending in-house and external courses, reading manuals and accessing new applications.

Funding Notes:

This project is funded by Lancaster University, Lloyds Register Foundation and TWI. The funding covers the cost of Home/EU fees and a standard tax-free RCUK stipend for three years. Non-EU students are welcome to apply, and the funding will cover the cost of overseas fees and a limited stipend for three years.

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NSIRC246

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship: Design and manufacture of added-value functional surfaces using laser technologies.

Supervisors: Dr Manuela Pacella (Loughborough University), Dr Andy Wilson (TWI).

Background

Laser surface texturing is a fast-growing technique across all industrial sectors to functionalize materials properties and improve products lifetime. Because of the multiple field of applicability for this technology, no single solution is remotely feasible. Most studies have focused on a top-down approach, where laser texturing parameters are trialled, and the resulting surfaces analysed to assess their properties. This approach fails to respond to the fast-evolving technology adoption needs. Through the identification of a set of design rules based on the underpinning mechanisms for laser functionalization, this project will enhance operational capability by novel processing techniques of substrates. Direct exposure to industry relevant projects, both internally within TWI but also EU-funded research projects. The student will be supervised by at least one staff member from TWI with experience of doctoral programmes, plus supervision from the Loughborough University. Regular progress meetings held either t TWI or Loughborough University will ensure the student is guided adequately through the PhD and has the resources required for success.

About Industrial Sponsor

TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation. Over 800 staff give impartial technical support in welding, joining, materials science, structural integrity, NDT, surfacing and packaging. Services include generic research, confidential R&D, technical information, technology transfer, training and qualification.

About NSIRC

NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

About University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical or Manufacturing Engineering, Material Science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Optics and lasers, Advanced Processes and Technologies, Surface chemistry

Funding Notes

If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 p/a). While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available.

 

 

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NSIRC247

NSIRC Phd

Location/Division: Granta Park, Cambridge

PhD Studentship: Crack behaviour in a residual stress field at fillet welds in ship structures

 

InstitutionNational Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) / Coventry University

PhD SupervisorDr Guiyi Wu from TWI, Prof. Michael Fitzpatrick and Prof. Xiang Zhang from Coventry University

Funding AvailabilityFunded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

 

Background

Welding residual stresses are complex in fillet welds used to join longitudinal stiffened plate at the bottom of ship structures that are exposed to complex cyclic loads. The residual stress distributions in stiffeners and plates are seen to be different from those in the as-welded conditions. Residual stress plays a significant role in crack initiation and propagation originated from the toe of fillet welds where stress concentration is high. It is therefore important to investigate the distribution and redistribution residual stresses before and after loading conditions and the effect of residual stresses on crack behaviour.

 

Project Outline

The proposed research project will provide the opportunity to use an advanced in-situ experimental method (neutron diffraction) and numerical simulation techniques to measure and predict the distributions of residual stresses when cyclic loads are applied to fillet weld joints containing a surface-breaking flaw. The load applied will be in the elastic shakedown region assuming no flaws in the joints. Destructive methods, such as contour method, Deep-hole drilling and centre-hole drilling techniques, may also be used to measure residual stresses in the project. The crack behaviour at the residual stress field will be thoroughly examined experimentally and numerically. Microstructural studies will be also performed to identify the key elements contributing to the crack growth at the residual stress field. It is anticipated that an analytical method can be developed to adequately predict the crack behaviour during the fatigue design life by taking into account the effect of residual stresses at the end of the project. This will assist to design a safe welded structure within the design life by controlling residual stress distribution in the joints. The outcomes will potentially benefit for standards/codes in which the treatment of residual stress in structural integrity assessment is addressed.

 

About Industrial Sponsor

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation funds the advancement of engineering-related education and research and supports work that enhances the safety of life at sea, on land and in the air, because life matters. Lloyd’s Register Foundation is partly funded by the profits of their trading arm Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.

 

About NSIRC

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. Working closely with top UK and International Universities and a number of leading industrial partners, NSIRC aims to deliver industry led and relevant cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

 

About the University

Our research in Materials Engineering and Structural Integrity builds on our historical research strengths at Coventry University and adds new research teams through investment and growth. We develop and apply advanced experimental methods and computational models to study the structural integrity problems, particularly in high-value, safety-critical industries such as aerospace and nuclear power, working with global partners in industry and national laboratories. Our key research themes include advanced modelling and experimentation, mechanics and measurement, non-destructive evaluation, residual stress measurement and stress engineering.

 

Candidate Requirements

Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2.1 minimum, or an equivalent overseas degree in engineering or materials science. Candidates with suitable work experience and strong capacity in numerical modelling and experimental skills are particularly welcome to apply. Overseas applicants should also submit IELTS results (minimum overall score 7.0) if applicable.

 

Funding Notes

This project is funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, TWI and academic partners. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24k/year. 

 

 

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113/19

SharePoint Developer

Closing Date: 14/10/2019

Location/Division: Cambridge

SharePoint Developer
IT Department
Granta Park, Cambridge

TWI is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes. We develop innovative solutions for real industry problems that can have a profound impact on the world and people’s lives.

We are recruiting for an experienced and innovative business applications developer with a proven record for implementing software and reporting solutions as well as improving current processes at both local and corporate level in line with the organisation’s corporate objectives.  As part of the Business Systems team, you will work with IT colleagues from IT Systems (Network, infrastructure and communications), Software Development (commercial software), Digital Learning Content and the IT Helpdesk to deliver change initiatives across the business.

You will be working with stakeholders to assist them with the analysis, design and implementation of solutions and service improvements that help them achieve their business goals.  You will be a self-starter who takes responsibility for managing all stages of a project from identification of requirements through to transitioning solutions to support.  Also, conduct yourself in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.

If you are looking for an interesting and challenging variety of work within a global organisation offering a diverse business and product range then this could be the job for you.

Duties & Responsibilities: 
• Developing application and reporting solutions for the organisation’s Intranet based on SharePoint (on-prem).
• Extending the functionality of SharePoint with web parts, forms and other application technologies as required.
• Building relationships with our external vendors and support partners.
• Working in collaboration with stakeholders to identify and document their requirements. 
• Producing written documentation to support your work, report on your findings and present to stakeholders when necessary.
• Contributing to product upgrades in-line with new version releases.
• Project managing the implementation of any change working in collaboration with stakeholders and colleagues across the business.
• Evaluating the impact of the change and identifying ‘lessons learnt’.
• Success in your application requires:
• Experience of developing application and reporting solutions using SharePoint.
• Proven record of accomplishment of the implementation of service improvement initiatives across a multi-site organisation.
• Good analytical and analysis skills to support both solution development and testing.
• A record of accomplishment of transitioning solutions to support via documentation and training.
• An understanding of dimensional data modelling / warehousing.

The following would be highly desirable:

• Experience of DynamicsCRM/Dynamics 365.
• Knowledge and understanding of software development languages and tools (.NET, SQL and XML).
• Tableau and/or PowerBi.

Job Profile:          Project Leader
Salary:                Competitive
Contract:             Permanent
Hours:                 36 hours p/wk.
Ref:                    113/19
Closing Date:       Monday 14th October 2019

To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/

To apply, please click on the link below:

https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=14926-B2C184D8-10F0-459E-A72E-02791A907DDA

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92/19

NSIRC Recruitment & Contracts Coordinator

Closing Date: 14/10/2019

Location/Division: Cambridge

NSIRC Recruitment & Contracts Co-ordinator
TWI
Granta Park, Cambridge


TWI is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes. We develop innovative solutions for real industry problems that can have a profound impact on the world and people’s lives.  TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.


TWI also established and manages the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC). NSIRC is the world's first educational establishment offering industry-driven postgraduate degree programmes in structural integrity, set up to address the shortage of structural integrity engineers worldwide.  The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), part of TWI, works in collaboration with over 20 leading Universities and industry partners to provide postgraduate programmes to inspire the next generation of structural integrity engineers.


We are looking for a recruitment and contracts co-ordinator to join the NSIRC team to liaise with Universities, industry partners, students and internal stakeholders to co-ordinate the admissions of student to NSIRC’s postgraduate programme.  In this busy role, you will be the first point of contact for students and internal and external stakeholders in dealing with student admissions.

What you will be doing:
• Liaising with Universities, industry partners, students and internal stakeholders to co
-ordinate and facilitate the effective recruitment of students and deal with any enquiries.
• Co-ordinating all aspects of the recruitment process from advertising course vacancies to issuing studentship agreements.
• Managing the visa sponsorship arrangements for International students.
• Co-ordinating the student onboarding process.
• Managing day-to-day student enquiries and the student annual review arrangements.
• Maintaining student records including health surveillance.
• Mentoring, guidance and support to NSIRC postgraduate industrial research projects
• Representing NSIRC in meetings.

What we are looking for from you:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in order to deal with internal and external stakeholders.
• Excellent organisational and time management skills.
• Can do attitude and positive approach to work.
• High attention to detail.
• Calm under pressure.
• Team player who is willing to support other members of the HR team.
• Ability to use initiative to solve problems.
• Comfortable working within a fast paced, standalone role.
• Committed to delivering and taking ownership of a varied workload.

Ideally, you will have some experience of working in a busy recruitment or a student admissions environment together with a passion for excellent customer service.  You will be someone who likes to take ownership of the role but are flexible and adaptable in order to manage the needs of internal and external stakeholders.

Job Profile:              Senior Business Support Administrator
Business Position:    Professional & Senior Business Support
Contract:                 Permanent
Hours:                     Full time, 36 hours per week
Ref:                        92/19
Closing Date:           14th October 2019


To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website: https://www.twi-global.com/

To apply, please click on the link below:
https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=14366-3D937DE2-82E2-49C4-A265-AF8F9B9E6C3F

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107/19

Electrical Controls Engineer

Closing Date: 21/10/2019

Electrical Controls Engineer
Senior Technician
Granta Park, Cambridge


TWI is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes. We develop innovative solutions for real industry problems that can have a profound impact on the world and people’s lives. TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.

TWI has a diverse range of responsibilities that support the core business to ensure a suitable working environment for employees and their activities. We are looking for an Electrical Controls Engineer to join our team in Great Abington, Cambridge. You will be required to undertake a variety of control and servicing tasks, primarily at the main site with some UK travel as required.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

• Experience in and the ability to work of own initiative and as part of a team, using safe practices to fault find, repair, carry out modifications and maintain electrical/electronic equipment across all UK sites.
• System integration inclusive of but not limited to:
• Designing, building and installing Control and Interlock Safety Circuits to enable safe operation of laboratory and other equipment (typical installations are in working cells/enclosures that are equipped with lasers, x-ray sources, robots, electron beam systems and surface spraying equipment as well as manufacturing and other machinery/equipment).
• Supporting project work for internal and external clients. (Input into proposals, costings, design, specifications and build.)
• Understanding relevant information from drawings and documents supplied with equipment, and liaising with manufacturers/suppliers as necessary.
• Working as part a wider team to aid in the build of bespoke prototype equipment.
• Ability to make decisions within parameters set by management/customers, using job/specialist experience and escalating issues when required.
• Working as part of a team to deliver activities to support operational objectives.
• Mentoring, guidance and support to NSIRC postgraduate industrial research projects
• To oversee and deliver technician support, advise and guide NSIRC PhD students on laboratory equipment.
• Conducts themselves in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.

The ideal candidate will have the below essential skills:

• A recognised qualification for electronic/electrical engineering (i.e. BTEC, HNC, Degree, City and Guilds).
• Excellent communication skills, a methodical and organised approach to work.
• Ability to demonstrate a high level of Health and Safety awareness with a procedural/systematic proficiency that may involve competence in the use of specialised equipment.
• Manufacture/build of electrical panels unaided, as per electrical drawings and design brief.
• Competency to work on 415V, 3 phase circuitry as well as low voltage systems.
• Ability to work to deadlines using own initiative.

The ideal candidate will have the below desirable skills:

• Experience in the design of PLC/Relay Logic controlled panels.
• Experience in using and working PLC programming/Lab View advantageous but not essential.
• Ability to produce electrical schematic drawings with software and or hand drawn.
• 17th/18th Edition wiring regulations.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Candidates will be subject to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard pre-employment screening process and possibly to National Security Vetting during on-going employment.

Closing Date:     Monday 21st October
Job Profile:        Technician / Senior Technician
Contract:           Permanent
Hours:               36 hours p/wk.
Ref:                  107/19

To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/ 

To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/

To apply, please click on the link below:

https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=14923-1A8A2AFD-0120-46B3-A51F-D77CD91B9405

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124/19

IT Helpdesk Technician

Closing Date: 21/10/2019

Location/Division: Cambridge

IT Support Technician
Business Systems & Development
Cambridge


TWI is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes. We develop innovative solutions for real industry problems that can have a profound impact on the world and people’s lives.  TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.

TWI manages and operates the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), a centre for postgraduate industry led study.

TWI’s helpdesk team provide 1st and 2nd level IT technical support for over 700 users, managing 15,000 helpdesk calls a year within a Microsoft environment.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, hardworking individual to join our busy team in this predominantly customer facing role.

Main duties and responsibilities will include:

• Answering IT helpdesk enquiries, dealing with calls appropriately and accurately logging calls and information.
• Providing support for NSIRC to the same TWI SLA standards.
• Organising/ issuing IT loan equipment and providing Wi-Fi assistance to staff and visitors.
• Providing software and technical support.
• Administering employee IT requirements.
• Updating the knowledge base in TrackIT.
• Administration of Sharefile.
• Supporting on-line meetings.
• Liaising closely with users/keeping staff informed of call progress.
• Delivering an effective client service to internal and external customers.
• Developing specialist expertise as appropriate.
• Solving problems through investigation and negotiation.
• Conducts themselves in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.
• Oversee and deliver technician support, advise and guide NSIRC PhD students on IT equipment.

Success in your application requires:

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Proven customer service and administration skills.
• The ability to work with minimum supervision.
• A desire to deliver a professional service to internal and external customers.

Experience of the following would be desirable:

• A helpdesk ticketing system such as TrackIT
• Webex, Cisco Jabber, SharePoint, Dynamics CRM

Ideally, you will possess experience in a helpdesk environment that has equipped you with a sound understanding of its function, an effective working knowledge of Microsoft Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 applications and a proactive and innovative approach to problem solving.  The successful applicant will have the opportunity to study for the Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications to either Expert or Master Levels.


This role will suit an individual who is keen to develop their technical and specialist expertise where appropriate. TWI offers a comprehensive training programme, incorporating both in-house and external courses to support the development of staff.


Job Profile:    Technician
Salary:          Competitive
Contract:       Permanent
Hours:           36 hours p/wk.
Ref:               124/19
Closing Date:  Monday 21st October 2019


To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/

To apply, please click on the link below:

https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=15001-B0452FA1-B2EA-431B-93C3-419C336DD9A8

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143/19

Business Analyst, Corporate Governance

Closing Date: 21/10/2019

Location/Division: Middlesbrough

Business Analyst
Corporate Governance Team
TWI, Middlesbrough

TWI is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes. We develop innovative solutions for real industry problems that can have a profound impact on the world and people’s lives.
TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.

TWI is a growing global organisation with an ambitious Corporate Plan. TWI has established a new corporate governance team to support the Council and Executive Board. Responsible for legal affairs and business analysis within TWI, the Corporate Governance team are trusted advisers to TWI. Core responsibilities of the department are to develop and embed robust systems and processes across TWI’s business, and provide support and advice on matters concerning TWI’s corporate business and to manage TWI’s property portfolio. The group will also lead on existing and new business initiatives (Innovation Centres’, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestments). TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.

The team is seeking an analytically minded professional to support business analysis activities across the TWI Group. The role requires supporting managers of TWI departments/companies to investigate costs, seek efficiency improvements, develop tools and build financial models for projects. You will be joining a small team who combine an innovative and supportive culture with a commitment to delivery.

Your key responsibilities will be:   

• Developing new business reporting tools using Jet Reports - previous knowledge of Jet Reports is not a requirement, you will be trained on how to build reporting tools using this Excel add in.
• Formulating Excel spreadsheet templates to complete a variety of activities
• Supporting the public funding, collaborative and finance team to develop models for new ventures within TWI’s Innovation Network and to optimise the efficient delivery of the projects.
• Conducting business analysis and thinking outside the box on how to solve problems
• Conduct themselves in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.

To be successful, you will need an enquiring mind, be a quick learner who is able to research information, develop propositions using their initiative, problem solving skills and continuous improvement mind set.

Success in your application requires:

• High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, demonstrable background in data analysis and ability to form conclusions.
• Experience of analysing a business and implementing solutions to improve outcomes.
• Knowledge and experience of activity based costing would be a bonus.
• Proven record of accomplishment of delivering complex tasks, from initial concept through to successful delivery.
• Ability to take the initiative, recognise issues and propose/implement innovative solutions.
• Able to prioritize workload and deliverables and to deliver to deadlines.
• This position may require work outside of standard office hours.

This position has been produced as part of an initiative known as Centre for Materials Integrity which is part funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Job Profile:    Project Leader, Business Services
Salary:          Competitive
Contract:       Permanent
Location:       Middlesbrough
Hours:           36 hours p/wk.
Ref:               143/19
Closing Date:  Monday 21st October 2019

To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/

To apply, please click on the link below:
https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=15004-C0B465CE-BDF3-45A3-9CCA-5912119BEFD1

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84/19

Technician, Arc Welding

Closing Date: 21/10/2019

Location/Division: Cambridge

Welding Technician
TWI
Granta Park, Cambridge


TWI is the world’s foremost research and training organisation for materials joining technology.  Operating globally, its experts perform innovative, quality controlled, impartial projects for industry.  TWI manages and operates the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), a centre for postgraduate industry led study.
TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join our arc welding technician team


The Role:
Technician:  Arc welding

Working with project Engineers and technicians, you will be contributing to the development of new processes and procedures for a variety of projects across all industry sectors. The role involves both manual and automated welding, therefore you will need:

• Sound experience in an industrial environment, an ability to follow welding procedure specification.
• Have a proven ability to carry out general MMA, TIG and MIG welding of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium.  
• Good knowledge of using computer operated equipment. Previous experience of using robots and automated equipment would be an advantage.
• To oversee and deliver technician support, advise and guide NSIRC PhD students on laboratory equipment

Qualifications & Skills

• Ideally educated to BTEC level or equivalent in an engineering or related discipline
• Good interpersonal and organisational skills.
• Possess a strong background in materials/mechanical engineering
• Have practical problem solving skills with an eye for detail, combined with good communication and IT skills.
• Good standards of laboratory management, competency in producing written records of lab work and be able to deliver project work to high quality standards within tight and demanding deadlines.  
• You must be able to contribute to a multi-disciplinary team, be self-motivated and capable of working unsupervised with a flexible approach to working hours and possess a can do attitude. 
• Conducts themselves in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.

 


Expected to work in accordance with current Health & Safety requirements to high quality standards within tight and demanding deadlines and Conduct yourself in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.

TWI offers a comprehensive training programme, incorporating both in-house and external courses to support the development of staff.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Please note to be successful in this position you must be a UK national and able to obtain SC clearance, and any job offer will be conditional upon this.


Job Profile:  Technician
Salary:  Competitive
Contract:  Permanent
Hours:   36 hours p/wk.
Ref:   84/19
Closing Date: Monday 21st October 2019


To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/  

To apply, please click on the link below:

https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=14609-81DA119A-14D9-4BBE-A89B-1BA2EEACA564

 

 

 

 

 

 

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135/19

Technician

Closing Date: 28/10/2019

Location/Division: Middlesbrough

 

Arc Welding Technician
TWI, Middlesbrough


TWI is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes. We develop innovative solutions for real industry problems that can have a profound impact on the world and people’s lives. TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join our arc welding technician team in Middlesbrough. This role would suit a skilled and qualified welder experience in TIG, MAG, FCAW and Submerged Arc processes.

Working with project Engineers and technicians, you will be contributing to the development of new processes and procedures for a variety of projects across all industry sectors. The role involves both manual and automated welding, you will therefore need:

• Demonstrable sound experience in an industrial environment, an ability to follow welding procedure specifications and knowledge of SAW, general MMA, TIG and MIG welding of carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminium.
• Some knowledge of welding of super alloys would be an advantage, as well as good knowledge and previous experience of using computer operated and automated equipment.
• Development of welding parameters to meet specific requirements and the ability to fabricate from Engineering Drawings.

To succeed in this technician role, you require:

• Education to BTEC level or equivalent in an engineering or related discipline. 
• Possess a strong background in materials/mechanical engineering and have practical problem solving skills with an eye for detail, combined with good communication and IT skills.
• Competent in producing written records of lab work and able to deliver project work to high quality standards within tight and demanding deadlines.
• Demonstrable attention to detail when working to standards and procedures.
• Occasional travel to other TWI sites and TWI member companies, with overnight stays.
• Ability to work flexibly with other departments on an ad-hoc basis
• You must be able to contribute to a multi-disciplinary team, be self-motivated and capable of working unsupervised with a flexible approach to working hours.
• Conduct yourself in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.  
• Expected to work in accordance with current Health & Safety requirements and high quality standards within tight and demanding deadlines.
• Good interpersonal and organisational skills.
• Hold a full clean UK drivers licence. 

TWI offers a comprehensive training programme, incorporating both in-house and external courses to support the development of staff.

Please note to be successful in this position you must be a UK national and able to obtain SC clearance, and any job offer will be conditional upon this.

This position has been produced as part of an initiative known as Centre for Materials Integrity which is part funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The role is Middlesbrough based and the offered salary is competitive.

Job Profile:     Technician
Contract:        Permanent
Hours:            36 hours p/wk.
Ref:                135/19
Closing Date:  Monday 28th October 2019


To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/


To apply, please click on the link below:

https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=15015-33B86336-4EB6-418A-B2E8-17D220014033

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147/19

Head of Public Funding

Closing Date: 28/10/2019

Location/Division: Cambridge

Head of Public Funding and External Relations
Granta Park, Cambridge


TWI is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes. We develop innovative solutions for real industry problems that can have a profound impact on the world and people’s lives.   A growing global organisation with an ambitious Corporate Plan.  TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.

TWI also established and manages the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC). NSIRC is the world's first educational establishment offering industry-driven postgraduate degree programmes in structural integrity, set up to address the shortage of structural integrity engineers worldwide.

We are looking to appoint an experienced and talented senior business leader to provide strategic leadership on public funding opportunities for TWI as well as developing effective relationships with key decision makers within funding organisations and government. 

Working across TWI’s global operations, your primary accountabilities will be:

• Review the external funding landscape at local, national, European and worldwide levels to identify opportunities for TWI for collaborative, strategic industrial or capital-based projects.
• Develop effective relationships with key decision makers across industry, academia, the research and technology organisation (RTO) sector and government, in order to promote TWI’s expertise in innovation, research and technology.
• Represent TWI at appropriate industry and government forums in order to promote TWI’s interests and expertise.
• Provide advice and support to TWI’s senior leaders regarding public funding and effective routes to bidding for funds that best fit with TWI’s strategic direction.
• Manage TWI overall funding and bidding plans and operations.
• Participation at technology advisory panels relating to structural integrity for NSIRC
• Conduct themselves in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.

A prime focus of activities will be to realise TWI's structural integrity ambitions through, examples such as:

• Work with and leveraging the SIRF/NSIRC initiative [on a national and international level including with funding organisations, government and Sponsors].
• Support the strategic interests of the TWI Innovation Network including Innovation Centres.
• Engage with potential and future sponsors of applied innovation research in the structural integrity domain.

You will have a proven track record of identifying and securing public funding opportunities for a global research and technology business.  You will possess outstanding commercial awareness and insight, and be able to influence people at all levels.  You will be a self-starter who takes responsibility for overseeing all stages of the funding process, from identification of opportunity to successful conclusion.

Success in your application requires:

• A degree or equivalent in a relevant technical subject as well as an in-depth knowledge of the research and technology sector.
• Professional engineering and business/management qualifications.
• Expert knowledge of public funding arrangements in the research and technology sector at national, EU and worldwide levels.
• Proven record of accomplishment of developing effective proposals and bringing funding bids (greater than £5m) to a successful conclusion.
• Strong interpersonal, communication and influencing skills, with the ability to develop collaborative working relationships internally and externally across geographical borders.

This position will require work outside of standard office hours, and national and international travel.  If you are looking for a challenging role in a dynamic environment then this may be for you.

Job Profile:     Senior Management Role / Group Manager
Salary:           Competitive
Contract:        Permanent
Ref:               147/19
Closing Date:  Monday 28th October 2019

To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/

To apply, please click on the link below:

https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=15018-BAB9BD06-3D20-4F22-96D3-AAB6FE2BACCB

 

 

 

 

 

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80/19

Skilled Machinist

Closing Date: 28/10/2019

Location/Division: Cambridge

 

 Skilled Machinist
The Test House, TWI
Cambridge

The Test House is a group company of TWI Ltd, one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies.
The Test House has an opportunity for a Skilled Machinist in its engineered products and specimen manufacturing workshops. You will join a busy and profitable TWI group with a diverse business portfolio including UKAS accredited materials testing and the manufacture of specialist one-off jigs, fixtures, tooling, testing and welding machines.
This role would suit a machinist or toolmaker with skills in close tolerance manual turning, milling and grinding, along with CNC milling machine, CNC turning and wire eroding equipment.
You will work closely with other Technicians and Project Leaders carrying out complex machining operations to produce one off component parts and also the manufacture of test pieces extracted from a wide range components.

Success in your application requires:
• A track record in machining
• A City and Guilds, BTEC or equivalent level qualification in an engineering or related discipline
• Good interpersonal and organisational skills
• The ability to contribute to a multi-disciplinary team
• You will be self-motivated and capable of working unsupervised
• You must be able to conduct yourself in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect

Required skills:
• Experience of practical problem solving
• Able to demonstrate your attention to detail when working to standards and procedures
• Good IT skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office packages would be an advantage
• Able to work in accordance with current Health and Safety requirements and to high quality standards within tight deadlines
• Experience in machining a wide variety of materials including plastics, titanium and super alloys to high tolerances would be an advantage

To find out more about The Test House, TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website: https://www.twi-global.com/

Job Profile:  Technician/Senior Technician
Business Position: Business Support
Contract:  Permanent
Hours:   Full time, 36 hours per week
Ref:   80/19
Closing Date:  28th October 2019

To apply, please click on the link below:
https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=14876-CC9B777E-CA72-4A2D-9B0B-C0ACBABB3117

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98/19

Information Specialist

Closing Date: 28/10/2019

Location/Division: Abington

Information Specialist
TWI Library & Information Service
Granta Park, Cambridge


TWI is a world expert in engineering, materials and joining technologies. We provide industry with advice and know-how in design, fabrication, failure analysis and prevention.


A redesigned role is available at TWI for an Information Specialist to join the organisation at an exciting time, as the Library & Information Service team is developing new services to improve customer experience. You will join a small friendly team providing a variety of services and resources to a diverse stakeholder group; TWI staff, individual and corporate Members, and students, who are part of the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), a centre for postgraduate industry led study managed and operated by TWI.


The main responsibilities of this role are:
• Responding to enquiries and performing complex literature searches across multiple sources
• Outreach and service promotion
• Provision of information literacy training and coaching

Other duties include:
• Abstracting, keywording and editing technical content
• Collating and disseminating customer/industry/technology news
• Guiding and supporting NSIRC postgraduate industrial research projects

Required qualifications, skills and experience:
• A qualification as an information professional, or the willingness to work towards one 
• Experience of using specialist information sources such as technical databases
• Excellent command of the English language
• An understanding of information literacy

Other important attributes and experiences:
• Time management, customer care and building relationships across organisational boundaries
• Experience of demonstrating the impact and value of information services
• Experience of working in a technical library and information service is desirable.
• Membership of CILIP, the Library & Information Association is desirable

Closing Date:            28 October 2019
Reference number:   98/19
Contract:                  Permanent, Full Time
Job Profile:               Project Leader / Senior Project Leader, Business Services
Business Position:    Professional & Senior Business Support

To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website: https://www.twi-global.com/


To apply, please click on the link below:
https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=14525-461F53F5-A50F-41D8-B218-D174B9194845

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94/19

Regional Manager

Closing Date: 04/11/2019

Location/Division: Middlesbrough

TWI is one of Europe’s largest, independent, not-for-profit, membership-based research and technology organisations.  Established in Cambridge, UK in 1946 and now has bases internationally in Europe, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Central Asia and the USA.    TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.

Regional Manager

TWI has a multi-disciplinary staff of specialist consultants, engineers, scientists, researchers and technicians dedicated to bringing engineering, materials, structural integrity management and joining techniques into the 21st century. Focused on bridging the gap between research and industry, TWI promotes the latest approaches following the digital revolution in industry.

Through its Innovation Network (TWIIN), TWI has a number of innovation centres and technology based programmes as part of a large portfolio of innovation activities. Innovation centres are joint industry-research partnerships between TWI and academia. Technology Acceleration Programmes see TWI collaborating with SMEs and TWI Industrial Members to focus on moving innovative concepts through to commercialisation.  This position has been produced as part of an initiative known as Centre for Materials Integrity which is part funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The role requires an individual who is driven, passionate and has the long-term vision on addressing industrial challenges. The individual will be part of the TWIIN team, engaging with industry, academia and public funding bodies such as the European Commission, Innovate UK, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, European Regional Development Fund and Local Enterprise Partnership to meet the objectives and deliver on its vision.

Duties and responsibilities:

• Manage and lead the regional team within a complex matrix management structure, cutting across multiple technology groups, training and Certification. 
• Represent TWI’s Middlesbrough office within the region, working with key politicians, MPs, Mayors and local authorities.  
• Develop and implement a regional growth strategy which fits within the wider strategy for TWI and that complements the other regional offices.  
• Identify and leverage national and regional grant funding opportunities.  
• Build partnerships with funding organisations, universities and other research and catapult centres.   
• Engage with local MPs and government committees to understand the local politics, priorities and vision.  
• Provide technical knowledge to external organisations to enhance TWI’s reputation and develop new proposals.  
• Exhibit good local knowledge and the ability to build effective relationships with key local partners.  Have a clear understanding of the local politics, priorities and vision.  
• Understand and disseminate your knowledge on public funding available to TWI colleagues.
• Conducts themselves in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.

Beneficial but not essential:
 
• Proven and significant record of working with government bodies.  
• Demonstrable experience in writing and delivering both national and regional funded projects.  
• Previous experience in developing and delivering government (local and national) engagement plans. 
• Strong interpersonal and team working skills.   
• Excellent project management with focus on budgeting, planning and risk management.   
• A higher education degree in an engineering or relevant subject  
• Highly developed communication, networking and influencing skills.   
• Advanced proficiency in MS Word and basic working proficiency in PowerPoint and Excel.

 

Based in Middlesbrough and the offered salary is competitive

Job Profile:             Business Group Manager
Contract:               Permanent
Ref:                       94/19
Closing Date:          Monday 4th November 2019


To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/

To apply, please click on the link below:
https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=14501-77230625-1067-4BA8-B94D-5B15731D8055

 

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144/19

Arc Processes and Welding Engineer

Closing Date: 11/11/2019

Location/Division: Cambridge or Middlesbrough

Arc Processes and Welding Engineer
TWI
Cambridge or Middlesbrough

TWI is one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes. We develop innovative solutions for real industry problems that can have a profound impact on the world and people’s lives.

TWI actively supports diversity and inclusion, and recognises the importance of creating a culture where everyone feels valued for the contribution they make.

We are seeking a welding engineer to win, manage and deliver projects for our customers in the Arc-process and Welding Engineering section of the Welding and Joining Group at TWI.

Success in your application will require an appropriate qualification at degree level or above, preferably in mechanical, science or welding engineering.

You will need to demonstrate:

• Ability to understand and assess technical problems, enabling you to generate solutions through application of process knowledge, experimental trials and process development.
• The ability to identify and develop leads during technical conversations and to generate ideas for internal/external/collaborative research projects.
• Excellent planning and organisation skills applicable to scoping, launch and delivery of projects to time, cost and quality targets.
• Close collaboration with engineering and technical support colleagues to meet customer expectations.
• Effective communication through various media (written, verbal & IT) to support business development and project delivery in a direct customer-facing role.
• Conducts themselves in line with TWI’s values of teamwork, innovation, taking responsibility, customer focus, adaptability and respect.

Knowledge and experience in the following areas is preferable but not essential:

• Arc welding processes and metallurgy.
• Mechanised, automated and robotic arc welding systems.
• Previous industry experience.

If Middlesbrough based:

This position has been produced as part of an initiative known as Centre for Materials Integrity, which is part, funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The role will require some travel both in the UK and abroad according to the demands of project work. We offer full initial and on-going training. This will include both theoretical and hands-on training, including longer-term development towards a European or International Welding Engineer Certification.
The location of the role: Cambridge OR Middlesbrough

Job Profile:  Project Leader or Senior Project Leader
Salary:   Competitive
Contract:  Permanent
Hours:   36 hours p/wk.
Ref:   144/19
Closing Date:  Monday 11th November 2019


To find out more about TWI and our corporate culture please visit our website:
https://www.twi-global.com/

To apply, please click on the link below:

https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=15086-47ACF05A-0921-4186-A7C2-93F4673D95AA

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10/10

Speculative Application

Closing Date: 01/01/2021

Location/Division: Cambridge or Middlesbrough

Speculative Application
TWI, Various UK locations

TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in materials joining and engineering processes.  As one of the world’s leading independent research and technology organisations, we appreciate that it is our people who make us who we are today.  Integrity runs through everything we do, and we are committed to the delivery our goals through the way we work together, both in teams and as individuals.

At TWI, we have a variety of career options to suit you, wherever you are in your working life.

We have career options for those straight out of school, university or college. Whether it is work experience, an apprenticeship scheme, industrial placement or even an opportunity to study for a PhD or MSc, we offer you the opportunity to grow with us.  We also have a range of career opportunities for those professionals seeking a new challenge, from technologists and researchers to technicians, business support, administration and management.

Further information about our current open roles on the link below:
https://www.twi-global.com/careers/current-vacancies#/

If you cannot find an open role that suits your background and experience, we welcome a speculative application from you.  Please specify the area of work and location you are interested in on your CV or Cover Letter.

 We thank you for an interest in a career with TWI and we look forward to receiving your application.

To submit your speculative application, please follow the link below:

https://www.cascadegocloud.co.uk/recruit/application/apply.aspx?cid=261-5797CB9A-DA67-4F55-BDD5-0D95722A06FD&VacancyID=14131-D4C7D377-3EFC-4148-B428-212E916C12C0

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