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Guided Wave technology development for Sheet Pile inspection

Webinars 09 November 2021

Structural steel is the material of choice in the vast majority of structures in coastal and offshore locations due its combination of durability, ease of fabrication and ability to provide a relatively cost-effective solution. Despite its many benefits, steel is of course prone to corrosion, which is the principal cause of deterioration of steel waterfront structures. However, it has recently been acknowledged that steel piles are significantly more prone to advanced corrosion rates than previously understood. What is now known, is that ALWC (Accelerated-Low-Water-Corrosion) can rapidly compromise the integrity of affected structures and will lead to significant costs for repair or replacement, with major implications for safe operation.

During the Innovate UK funded project, ‘PileSense’, novel guided wave technologies have been developed by the consortium led by Transmission Dynamics in partnership with TWI Ltd and Brunel Innovation Centre. This has resulted in an innovative solution for sensing defects in steel piles, in particular, those sited in marine environments. This has been achieved through the development of a unique lab-based test rig as well as a one-of-a-kind test facility built for this project at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) to conduct trials in an in-service environment. The solution produced offers rapid and smart assessment of steel piles as well as potential to be applicable in other sectors such as offshore wind. The solution developed overcomes limitations in state-of-the-art inspection and monitoring systems, which are rudimentary and labour intensive. This webinar will details the developments that have been achieved as part of the PileSense project which will revolutionise the detection of corrosion and defects in steel pile infrastructure for maintenance operators across the globe.


The PILESENSE project has received funding from Innovate UK under No 104362


Karl Chisholm - Project Leader (NDE)

Karl Chisholm

Project Leader (NDE)

Karl Chisholm is a Project Leader in the Non Destructive Examination group working with ultrasonic and phased array ultrasonic inspection. He joined TWI in 2018 after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from Teesside University. He is currently completing a part-time Masters degree in Engineering Management and Leadership at Aston University. His previous professional experience includes five years’ service as a Ground Installations Technician in the Royal Air Force.

Jarek Rosinski - Founter, CEO

Jarek Rosinski

Founter, CEO
Transmission Dynamics

After lecturing machine dynamics at the Institute of Mechanics and Vibroacoustics in Krakow, Jarek joined the Design Unit, National Gear Technology Centre at Newcastle University. He holds an MSc in Vibroacoustics and PhD in machine dynamics. In 2006, after 18 years of service, Jarek left Newcastle University, to pursue wholly his company Transmission Dynamics, which he founded in 1996.

Transmission Dynamics has grown organically, employing 50+ staff, including electronic, mechanical, software engineers, and data analysts, without external investment and it maintains status of entirely privately funded company. The company is now heavily investing in IoT, ML, AI and wireless sensor networks, and seeing many significant successes including winning the North East Business Innovation Award, national title of the Company of the Year, and being successful in many Innovate UK funding bids.

He is a renowned consultant in the field of instrumentation, machine dynamics and power transmission systems; providing support for bluechip companies around the globe.

Matthew Deere - Research Fellow

Matthew Deere

Research Fellow
Brunel Innovation Centre

Matthew Deere is a Research Fellow at Brunel Innovation Centre. He has over 10 years’ experience in ultrasonic guided waves working on and managing a number of collaborative and single client project over the years. The projects include ultrasonic non-destructive testing of pipes, plates, composite and complex structures within the oil and gas, nuclear, aerospace, marine and renewable energy industries. During this time, he also attained his PhD in ultrasonic guided waves, which followed on from a MSc in Mechanical Engineering.

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