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Fatigue and Structural Integrity Innovation Centre

 

Fatigue and Structural Integrity Innovation Centre 

The Fatigue and Structural Integrity Innovation Centre (TBC)) was created in June 2020 by Coventry University and TWI Ltd.  This new venture builds on the two partners’ long-standing relationship to provide a further platform through which to combine their expertise in delivering industry-led research and development (R&D) in the areas of fatigue and structural integrity.

The mission of the Fatigue and Structural Integrity Innovation Centre is to be an internationally leading centre of excellence in the fields of fatigue and structural integrity.  At the core of this is undertaking joint research programmes to develop new disruptive and enabling technologies at Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 1-6, with the aim of deepening the application of fatigue and structural integrity methods and systems across industry.  This includes working collaboratively with SMEs in the UK and Europe to access public funding to support R&D.

 

Objectives

  • Ensure the safe, reliable operation of critical plant, equipment and standing infrastructure via the application of fatigue and structural integrity solutions
  • Research key current issues in fatigue and structural integrity in safety-critical applications where new materials, designs, and processes are being deployed
  • Develop new technologies at TRLs 1-6 for enhanced structural integrity across major industry including oil and gas[NT1] , power, marine, construction, rail and aerospace
  • Exploit cutting-edge technologies for condition monitoring in areas such as sensing, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and machine learning
  • Undertake joint research programmes and secure a portfolio of research funding from external sponsors

 

Pipe inspection using PolyTest system

Core areas

  • Residual stress analysis for improved structural integrity life prediction and life enhancement
  • Novel condition monitoring techniques including novel sensing technologies
  • Digital twin for real-time monitoring of in-service assets and provision of operational and planning data
  • Application of AI, machine learning and IoT to increase the potential of asset integrity management to mitigate downtime
  • Development of novel designs for the improvement of fatigue life and the mitigation of fatigue damage
  • Development of advanced non-destructive (NDT) testing and inspection techniques for industrial application

 

 

 

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