Industrial research institute, the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC), is delighted to announce Farnoosh Farhad as its first BP-sponsored PhD student.
Farnoosh, an international student from Iran, completed her MSc in Mechanical Engineering with a distinction in 2012 from Newcastle University. She was awarded the Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship during her master’s programme.
Farnoosh will carry out research on ‘Predicting remaining life from localised corrosion to cracking’. The research programme aims to increase the life of components used in hydrocarbon production. Its outcome is expected to contribute to increasing the life of existing assets.
Farnoosh will be supervised by Prof Xiang Zhang (Coventry University), Dr Muhammad Kashif Khan (Coventry University) and Dr David Smyth-Boyle (TWI Ltd). Farnoosh comes from a strong industrial background, having delivered challenging projects as an engineering consultant in her native Iran.
Farnoosh was interested in pursuing an industrially led research programme, which is exactly what NSIRC at TWI offers. She said: “TWI is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and test facilities to conduct research experiments. It’s a very friendly place and I’m already enjoying working in this supportive environment.”
BP is a one of the founder sponsors of NSIRC alongside the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and TWI.
BP is a world-leading energy company, whose operations involve finding, developing and producing essential sources of energy and turning them into useful products. BP is involved in extracting petroleum from challenging environments worldwide, delivering value through streamlined operations of its assets. It is working to meet the challenge of growing demand for energy and developing the technology required to maintain and increase the life of its assets.
NSIRC continues to welcome applications from high-calibre candidates. BP is particularly interested in sponsoring the following two projects; click each link for more details:
Mechanism of hydrogen generation and its ingress in steels
Understanding High Pressure/High Temperature (HPHT) ‘Sweet’ and ‘Sour’ (CO2/H2S) Environments
NSIRC, a state-of-the-art research facility based in Cambridge, UK, was established to collaborate with leading universities around the world to deliver industry-inspired research through PhD programmes.
The initiative was jointly funded by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and by industry. The founder sponsors of NSIRC are the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, BP and TWI. The objectives of the initiative are to address the following:
- Build and operate state-of-the-art facilities for research, development and testing
- Translate research and development into industrial products and systems
- Generate qualified researchers and engineers
Over a period of ten years, NSIRC will carry out fundamental research, partnering with universities worldwide and disseminating the outcome to the industry. The centre will train postgraduate students and generate a pool of talent for the industry. For more information please visit the NSIRC website.