ACCIS CDT Imetrum DBT prize
4 July 2017
Five ACCIS CDT PhD students (“Team Athena”) have been awarded the inaugural Imetrum prize for the best team performance in the ACCIS CDT Design Build and Test project.
The Design, Build and Test (DBT) project is undertaken by all PhD students in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science (ACCIS CDT) and is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of the first year taught component.
Students work competitively in teams to design, manufacture and test composite structures against a specific design brief. Videos documenting the students’ experiences as they navigate the various stages of their projects can be found on the ACCIS YouTube Channel.
This year’s students - Team Athena, Team Hercules and Team Vulcan - were tasked with producing a lightweight composites undercarriage beam subjected to axial and offset-transverse loads.
When it came to testing Team Athena’s beam outperformed its competitors in all criteria except for weight, which was enough for the judges to unanimously declare them the winners.
Previously only worth bragging rights, the CDT has inaugurated a new industrially sponsored prize this year to formally recognise the winning team’s achievement. The prize, sponsored by Imetrum, comes with a £75 award, which the five team members – David Brigido, Jim Cole, Kilian Gruebler, Dominic Palubiski and Sam Scott - are encouraged to use to celebrate their success together.
Imetrum is a world leader in the field of camera-based, non-contact precision measurement. Their measurement systems give precise, traceable data across most testing and monitoring requirements for materials; components; assemblies and in civil engineering.