The Research Centre in Nondestructive Evaluation (RCNDE) is an EPSRC-sponsored collaboration between industry and academia to coordinate research into Non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technologies, and to ensure research topics are relevant to the medium to longer-term needs of industry.
The centre is sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is a collaborative venture involving, Bath, Bristol, Imperial College London, Nottingham, Strathclyde and Warwick universities as well as a range of industrial partners.
Industrial partners in the ENGd include large companies such as Airbus; NNL; BAE Systems; BP; EDF, E-ON, Network Rail; RWE; Npower; Rolls-Royce; Serco; Shell; QinetiQ; and Renishaw. There are also a similar number of smaller companies involved. Successful candidates work closely with their chosen sponsor, normally carrying out the majority of project work at that company.
Non-Destructive evaluation (NDE) technologies are crucial to achieving greater integrity and safety performance across all aspects of engineering and is fast becoming a fully integrated part of the engineering life cycle.
Research encompass a broad range of technical disciplines, and additional academic collaborations ensure gaps in technology and expertise are filled. Industrial membership is open to all organisations, and is primarily intended for industries in which NDE plays an important role for:
- ensuring the safety of structures, machinery and infrastructure
- minimising environmental risks and impacts of process plant and operations
- enhancing the reliability of components, equipment, systems and products
The EngD is aimed at both new graduates and those who have already worked in industry. The four year doctorate programme combines advanced knowledge and professional development training modules with company-based research. The research may comprise of a single project or a series of linked projects relating to advanced NDE technology.
This course requires a 2.1 or international equivalent and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject, and an IELTS level 6.0 (5.5 in each element).
As well as full use of laboratory, computing and office facilities in both their industry base and university, students have supervisors to support them in their work throughout the four year programme.
The consortium offers a wide range of techniques and expertise, including ultrasonic bulk and guided waves, thermographic, electromagnetic, advanced optical and distance learning methods. These are supported by highly developed capabilities in transduction and sensor technology, physical measurement, theoretical modelling, materials science, mechanical engineering, structural integrity, signal processing, data analysis and visualisation, and the design of automated systems.
Students registered at Nottingham will have access to the facilities in the Faculty of Engineering.
Support for Postgraduate Research students is coordinated through the Faculty Research Office. Each PhD student will have a main academic supervisor and at least one additional supervisor. Regular formal supervision meetings, usually once a month, will take place with one or both of your supervisors. We also provide academic postgraduate advisors and student PGR reps who are available if you have a query about procedures relating to research study, are concerned about your progress or the facilities available.
All PhD students are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering Training Programme, this is a structured programme of training drawing on formal external frameworks such as Joint Skills Statement, the Research Development Framework (RDF) and the Research Council guidance. The Engineering and Science Research Council (EPSRC) has recognised our Faculty programme as a sector leading standard of postgraduate research development and training.
This school offers programs in:
- Entry requirements: 2.1 (or international equivalent) and / or a masters at merit level or above in a relevant subject
- IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in each element)
Last updated August 24, 2017