Novel Eddy Current Array Sensing (KTP Associate) - 615041

Salary: Up to £38,000

FTE: 1 (37.5 hours/week)

Term: Fixed (36 months)

Closing Date: 16 June 2024

 

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in partnership with ETher NDE Ltd (https://ethernde.com) are seeking to appoint a KTP Associate to develop eddy currents array sensor capability for non-destructive applications at high temperatures. The post will be predominantly based at ETher’s site in St Albans, Hertfordshire with visits to the University of Strathclyde campus.

ETher NDE designs, manufactures, and sells Eddy Current Electronic Hardware and Firmware and Eddy Current Probes for the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) market. They are the only UK manufacturer of Eddy Current NDT equipment. ETher’s in-house R&D team have developed a full range of flaw detectors over the years targeting a diverse range of industry sectors such as aerospace, manufacturing, oil & gas, power generation and transportation. These instruments are engineered to provide high inspection performance and measurement reliability for surface and subsurface defect detection, conductivity measurement, fastener/bolt holes/rivet holes inspection. With current industrial manufacturing trend focused on new processes such as additive manufacturing, ETher’s ambition is to lead in the competition and develop a solution for in-process inspection of AM and weld at high temperatures. Also, driven by the demand for increased coverage and inspection speeds, the KTP aims to develop an eddy current array sensor capability that can operate at sustained high temperatures to inspect AM and weld components during manufacturing for potential defects. This novel technology will help ETher to expand its market and remain at the cutting edge of electromagnetic NDT.

 

The project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position please visit: www.ktpws.org.uk

The position offers the KTP Associate the following benefits:
• a challenging and rewarding job with real responsibility.
• a planned programme of training courses, including a £6k personal development budget.
• mentoring from experienced industrial and academic supervisors
• the support and resources of the University of Strathclyde
• the possibility of registering for a higher degree with the University
• the potential for good career development with the company at the end of the scheme
• developing and proving expertise in the prospering fields of renewable energy and remanufacturing
• the opportunity to make important and tangible improvements in an ambitious and dynamic company.
• the opportunity to create foundations with the organization to develop new business models.
• Apply your academic knowledge to a real-life challenge.
• Own your own project and bring about positive change by bridging the academia and business world.

The objective of this project is to expand the existing eddy current capability at Ether NDE into multi-element arrays that can perform at elevated temperatures allowing the company to expand its services in manufacturing. Opportunities exist to develop the electronics for transmit/receive topology of the array, investigate a wide range of cooling systems for the sensor, and test the prototype during AM or weld process at the university facilities. The associate will work with ETher NDE and Strathclyde to develop conceptual design, detailed system design, and prototypes for testing.

To be considered for the role you will be expected to have a PhD degree in Electronic/Mechanical Engineering, Physics or equivalent. **Continued, please see Further Particulars**

 

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Ehsan Mohseni, and Prof. Gordon Dobie Electronic & Electrical Engineering (ehsan.mohseni@strath.ac.uk, gordon.dobie@strath.ac.uk).

 

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Novel Eddy Current Array Sensing (KTP Associate) - 615041
Department: Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Posted: 20/05/2024
Closing date: 16/06/2024
Closing time: 23:59