Composite materials specialist Berta Navarro has become the first MPhil student to graduate from The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC).
Berta’s research was focused on plasma treatment for adhesive bonding of aerospace composite components. She was supervised in her studies by TWI alongside Brunel University London.
Berta enjoyed a series of successes during her research including achieving the highest score within the college at her partner university’s 2015 Research Student Conference and earning second place in the poster competition at this year’s NSIRC Annual Conference.
She says, ‘Attending the conferences gave me the opportunity to promote my research to a pool of experts I would usually have never had the chance to meet. It also allowed me to increase my confidence in my research work.
‘I was impressed with the facilities at TWI, and by how it allowed me to conduct my experiments in the way I wanted, which was imperative to the success of my studies. I would also like to thank both my industrial and my academic supervisor for their continual guidance and support.’
Berta will shortly be moving back to her native Spain, applying the knowledge she gained at NSIRC and TWI to a position in the aerospace industry.
We would like to congratulate Berta on her hard work and many achievements and wish her all the best in her future career.
NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. NSIRC unites academia and industry, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University London and more than 20 other respected universities, as well as founder sponsors BP and the Lloyd's Register Foundation. The collaborating partners provide academic excellence to address the need for fundamental research, as well as high-quality, industry-relevant training for the next generation of structural integrity engineers.
NSIRC advances fundamental research to support the following objectives:
- Safe operation of products and structures
- Development of innovative, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules
- Engineering solutions for long-term asset management.
To achieve these objectives NSIRC is pursuing advancements in areas including: risk-based management, engineering critical assessment, non-destructive testing, structural health and condition monitoring, and health management for use in industrial applications.
NSIRC is funded by:
- UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) through its Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to a level of £18.5m
- The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to a level of £15m
- SIRF (Structural Integrity Research Foundation), a platform set up by TWI.
For more information, please visit the NSIRC website.