The principal mission of the Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC), a joint research unit between Brunel University and TWI, is to establish a world class research centre offering high quality research in an innovative environment. BIC aim to attract outstanding students and focus on non-destructive evaluation, particularly acoustic waves and allied technologies covering a range of materials, sensors, electronics and software systems with the main purpose of integrity management across several industry sectors. BIC operates with the aim of developing a financially sustainable research facility, drawing on Brunel University's existing strengths, to complement and underpin the applied research and development activities of TWI.
The objectives of BIC are to:
- Create a shared research and technology facility
- Undertake joint research programmes
- Secure a portfolio of research funding from external sponsors
- Build a mutual understanding of future research challenges and opportunities develop the next generation of technologies and engineers
This year, TWI recognized Juan Luis Ferrando Chacon at the Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC), as the winner of the Best PhD Student prize. Juan Luis joined BIC in 2011 as a PhD student, after his Masters studies at the University Carlos III of Madrid. "I was very excited with this opportunity but, on the other hand, was sad to move abroad leaving family and friends" Juan Luis said. "However, I adapted to life in the UK immediately".
His study for a PhD on 'Fault detection in rotating machinery using acoustic emission technique' aims to find a solution for the large number of critical failures in several components of rotating machines within industry. Juan Luis has been researching for the past three years, alongside TWI's Condition and Structural Health Monitoring section, to develop novel algorithms that can largely decrease the number of failures of critical rotating components, minimise the need for corrective maintenance in rotating machinery and thereby increase the safety of industrial operations. From this research several publications in notable conferences (three) and journals (two) have resulted.
This is the first year that TWI has awarded the Best PhD Student prize to a candidate who has undertaken an excellent research activity, published in peer reviewed journals and has made a notable contribution to knowledge.