Cranfield University is European premier research-intensive university and is renowned worldwide for leading the way in modern education and industrially oriented research. Cranfield is recognised as an academic institution that combines the very best people with state-of-the-art facilities with over 10% of the UK’s engineering and sciences PhDs being awarded by Cranfield. In addition, Cranfield’s partners include more than 100 European institutions. The School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing is dedicated to carrying out focused fundamental research and applying it to meet the needs of society and industry. The “Research and Development Centre of Vibro-Acoustics” headed by Prof. Gelman is one of the UKs and worldwide leading condition monitoring research centres. Centre members are actively involved in research, consultancy and training and sit on several national and international advisory boards in the area of signal processing and condition monitoring. The Centre frequently publishes in top journals and conferences. The emphasis of the centre’s activities lies in the development of instrumentation to tackle condition-monitoring problems, while offering scope for more speculative, blue skies research.
Applied Mechanics Laboratory, University of Patras (AML/UoP) is in operation since 1980. It is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras (UP). AML/UP deals mainly with the general field of MATERIALS & STRUCTURES giving emphasis in the science, the technology and the applications of composite materials (organic, ceramic and metal matrix), monolithic ceramics and plastics. Research is conducted in a variety of areas including:
• Design and optimisation of composite structures, Fatigue Design and Damage Tolerance Approach
• Finite Elements Techniques (Implicit and Explicit), high-strain rate phenomena,
• Fatigue and Damage behaviour of Composite Laminates, Continuum Damage Approach,
• Non-destructive Techniques in advanced materials Ultrasonic, Spectral analysis, Acoustic Emission,
• Diagnostic/prognostic of rotating machinery
• Vibration analysis and Damping control
• Ageing Systems and Health monitoring of Engineering Systems, Safety Management of Composite structures
• Repair of Metal and composite structures using composite patches Experimental stress analysis,
• Smart Materials and Structures/Sensors and actuators technology
Educational activities include eighteen formal courses offered at undergraduate and graduate level dealing with the mechanics, analysis and design of composite materials and advanced structures, non-destructive techniques, wave propagation and scattering theory, anisotropic elasticity, etc. Qualified graduates may enrol in the PhD four-year program also offered by the Laboratory. AML is internationally recognized for its contribution in the respective fields through books, lectures, research papers, conferences, professional society activities and research co-operation within the frame of financially supported projects, both by national and international Institutions, mainly by the EU. UP/AML has in its permanent staff 5 university professors and 3 PhD holders (working in the field of Composite Material, Structural Dynamics, Non-Destructive Testing and Numerical Methods) and 4 technicians and support staff. Currently, 23 Engineers and PhD students are working in the Lab. (3 females) in various R&D projects. As part of its continued growth, UP/AML is continually looking for exceptional people to join its staff. During the last 10 years 15 PhD theses have been completed in the general field of Mechanics of Composite Materials and the Non-Destructive Inspection of Materials and Structures.
The Materials, Smart Sensors and Non-destructive Evaluation (MSS-NDE) Laboratory of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina was established in 2005 and has a true interdisciplinary character. Research interests of the MSS-NDE Lab include cement-based materials, composites, multi-functional and smart materials, and nano-structured materials. MSS-NDE Lab has managed over 1.000.000 euros budget coming from research and industrial projects in the last 5 years in the area of non-destructive evaluation and characterization of advanced materials.
Luleå University Technology (LTU) has a significant experience in conducting high value research and undertaking European and National R&D&I projects. Moreover, LTU has been involved in large European and National Industrial projects of high TRL levels with Volvo, LKAB, SAAB, SSC, ERICSSON and almost all the major Swedish process industries.
LTU will participate in the Compinnova proposal with the Robotics Group lead by Prof. George Nikolakopoulos at the Control Engineering Division at the Department of Computer Science, Space and Electrical Engineering in Luleå, Sweden. The robotics group is focusing in aerial, ground and bio-inspired robotic applications and is currently leading several grands in a European and National level, while in the 2014 has established one of the biggest motion capturing outdoor labs in Europe. For further information on the robotic activities please contact Prof. Nikolakopoulos (email@example.com).
EXIS Innovation Ltd is a mechanical, and IT engineering consulting firm specializing in design and manufacturing, smart material, robotics and electronics, structures and technologies, advanced inspection (Thermal, Optical, Ultrasonic technology C-Scan etc.) and finite element analysis. The company is based in the UK and its activity addresses to all industrial sectors employing the above mentioned NDT techniques. As a company, EXIS complies with the applicable quality requirements to guaranty products and service efficiency, with a highly qualified and skilled staff. EXIS has been involved with the development and application of thermal and ultrasonic (C-Scan) NDT & E focusing mainly on composites of aerospace applications.
EXIS scientists and engineers, with their backgrounds taken from academic research and operations, have tackled many industry issues through developing focused R&D initiatives. With close links to many of the world leading academic and testing institutions, access to technical expertise and testing facilities has added extra qualities to EXIS R&D activities.
EXIS was chosen in the project as they are specialised in software programming, modelling and providing solutions for manipulating devices for materials inspection.