University of Strathclyde

Supervisors: Dr Ehsan Mohseni & Prof S. Gareth Pierce

Industrial funder: Spirit AeroSystems  

In view of the strengths and weaknesses of different NDE modalities, this EngD project aims to: 

  • Study the manufacturing of typical CFRP products of the industrial partner (Spirit AeroSystems)
  • Identify the nature of common process defect types, location, and size
  • Investigate the strengths and shortcomings of different NDE modalities for each manufacturing stage in a comparative study through modelings and experiments
  • Provide possible innovative alteration of NDE modality, deployment, and sensors for improved detection performance at each stage  

Aligned with the financial commitment from the industrial partner, the project scope is centered around the current NDE demands of Spirit AeroSystems with the target to a) develop and deliver more industry-focused NDE solutions to promote the partner’s and UK’s business growth, and b) to introduce development program for the student, where highly demanded skills by the industry, access to a network of NDE experts in academia and industry, access to the state-of-the-art research facilities, and specialized NDE training can be offered to the student. The project will be primarily supervised by Dr E. Mohseni at Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE), whose appointment is defined through the Spirit/RAE Research Chair, Prof. S. G. Pierce, in automated NDE of composites.  

The student will be incorporated within the NDE training programme that is exclusively offered to CDT FIND students by the leading academics in the field of NDE from a range of the best UK universities. The training includes a series of networking, project management, interpersonal skill development, the theoretical background of frequently used NDE methods, and hands-on experience with these technologies. The student will be provided with training courses in robotics to gain knowledge about the robot safety procedures, operation, and programming as well as programming courses to acquire the essential coding and system integration skills. The student will also have access to the £26M Sensor Enabled Automation, Robotics, and Control Hub (SEARCH) facilities housing several advanced industrial robots and NDE equipment, and the Aerospace Innovation Centre (AIC) established by Spirit AeroSystems at their Prestwick manufacturing facility. The candidate will be trained to operate a fully automated CFRP inspection cell located at SEARCH and will have access to a range of CFRP components and reference samples manufactured by Spirit and NCC for testing and data collection.