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Professor Robert Smith

NDT for High Value Manufacturing of Composites

Following an EPSRC Fellowship in Manufacturing entitled 'NDT for High Value Manufacturing of Composites', now combining the role of Director of the UK Research Centre for Non-destructive Evaluation with a research portfolio in the NDt of Composites. This involves researching new non-destructive testing methods for 3D characterisation of composites and evolving a strategy for ensuring they benefit the structural integrity of aerostructures and engines, wind turbines, etc. The ultimate aim is to enable the optimum use of composite materials by providing detailed information about the actual as-manufactured inner quality, thus moving from conservative designs to lightweight high-performance optimally designed components. An additional benefit would be facilitating the use of lower-cost manufacturing methods.

Research keywords

  • Ultrasound. Non-destructive Testing. Inspection. Composite Materials.