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Professor Robert Smith

Biography

I have 30 years of research experience in ultrasonics, signal processing, data analysis and instrumentation, the first six years being at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) where I was involved in establishing a National Measurement System for medical ultrasound field characterisation and contributed to the preparation of international standards. In 1989 I moved to the Non-destructive Evaluation (NDE) Group at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, Farnborough, later becoming the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), and then QinetiQ Ltd. Whilst there, I developed the ANDSCAN® portable scanning system and arranged for its commercial exploitation. More recent activities have included the development of TRECSCAN® – a transient eddy-current instrument, 3D-VALIDATOR™ for 3D-profiling the ply stacking sequence and ply wrinkling of composites, and PINPOINT® for automated analysis and sentencing of composite C-scans. My current areas of interest focus on composite inspection for aerospace and renewable power, especially the ultrasonic 3D characterisation of the inner quality of composites. Through an EPSRC Fellowship in Manufacturing, I am now seeking to build an academic research programme at the University of Bristol that benefits from my extensive experience in the use of structural composites in a wide range of applications from wind turbines through maritime vessels to aircraft and spacecraft, and of composite manufacturing processes from first-hand experience spanning four continents and several industries.