During the three-year PhD programme, students will design and carry out original experiments guided by the laboratory manager or TWI industrial supervisor. Additionally the programme will include high-quality training and support to provide a strong foundation for future careers in structural integrity.
Each PhD topic will be linked to the most appropriate university partner to maximise the benefits and outcome of the research.
NSIRC students will spend much of their time in the laboratories carrying out experimental research with plenty of opportunity to participate in training on presenting and writing-up their research as well as specialised technical training and workshops.
Students may have the opportunity to attend or present at conferences which are directly relevant to their research work, if agreed by their TWI industrial supervisor.
The programme is aimed at recent graduates, as well as plant engineers and inspection engineers who are currently working in the oil and gas, power generation, petrochemical, nuclear and transportation sectors.
The overall objective is to produce high-quality researchers and scientists with an in-depth knowledge of the science and technology of structural integrity and inspection, including: numerical modelling, advanced NDT methods, such as phased array ultrasonic inspection, fracture mechanics, risk based inspection (RBI), quality assurance, reliability engineering and risk management. Application of theory will be consolidated through research projects.
The PhD programme aims to advance the skills and contribution of engineers involved in structural integrity by equipping them with enhanced research knowledge and experience. With in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of structural integrity, including state-of-the art methodologies and techniques, PhD graduates will be empowered to contribute to the field in new and innovative ways.
When you complete the NSIRC PhD programme, you will graduate as an industry-ready, world-class engineer or scientist in structural integrity. This could cover various disciplines such as fail-safe design, corrosion control, structural health monitoring, ageing asset management and fitness for service.
Contribute to research related to damaged structures
Find solutions, through research, to target structural integrity issues by utilising appropriate NDT techniques
Develop inspection and maintenance plans
Students will have access to a comprehensive support network. They will be guided through the various stages of the programme by their supervisors who will ensure they remain on track to achieve their qualification. Postdocs and TWI Project Leaders will be on hand in the lab to help with training on specific techniques and to advise on the results and direction of the research.
The PhD in Structural Integrity will provide the required advanced theoretical knowledge and essential practical skills for graduates to contribute to the field of structural integrity through development of new concepts and methods. The degree will provide the platform for rewarding careers in the oil and gas, power generation, petrochemical, nuclear and transportation sectors and is accredited by The Welding Institute as further learning for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Students working on projects in the field of non-destructive testing will also be able to acquire membership of BINDT (the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing).
The programme will make use of the newly established NSIRC facilities based in Cambridge. A proportion of the research activities may take place out in the field (external sites) including industrial client sites depending on the details of the particular project. However, students will be based at NSIRC at least 90 percent of the time, where they will still be able to take advantage of their partner university resources such as the virtual learning environment, library and academic support.
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The research will focus on the knowledge and skills most relevant to a career in technical and engineering roles in which understanding and achieving structural integrity is a key element. All research topics will be directly linked with the needs of industry.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website and NSIRC will take all reasonable action to deliver these services in accordance with the descriptions given. However, we reserve the right to vary these services, using all reasonable efforts to offer a suitable alternative. All costs, rates and prices stated are subject to amendment and should be taken as a guide only.
Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with our summary of terms before accepting a place.