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Wind Turbine Monitoring Webinar: Meet the Speakers

Thu, 06 August, 2020

TWI is pleased to be hosting a free-to-attend webinar about structural health monitoring for wind turbines – focusing on the solutions that the BladeSave project has developed.

The webinar is being held on 27 August and will be delivered by TWI’s Linghao Zhou and Ryan Marks, with insights from project coordinator, Benn Faulkner and technology expert, Mario Sorgente.

The webinar will consist of three 10 minute presentations from each partner, followed by a question and answer session. You can find out more about the expert speakers below.

Meet the Speakers

Linghao Zhou, TWI Ltd

Linghao has an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Ph.D. from London South Bank University in Rotating Machinery Diagnosis. He has published numerous journal papers and presented in national and international conferences. Linghao has been actively involved in multiple European funded projects, which aimed to develop innovative condition monitoring systems for critical rotational and/or structural assets. Linghao is working towards professionally registering as a Charted Engineer.

Ryan Marks, TWI Ltd

Ryan is the Section Manager of the Monitoring and Inspection Research Section at TWI. Ryan has a Masters' degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Acoustic Emission monitoring from Cardiff University, as well as being a Chartered Engineer. Ryan has previously worked for Airbus as a structures design engineer before moving into condition monitoring and non-destructive testing research. Ryan has developed technologies for a range of industries and applications including aerospace, nuclear and wind turbine blades for key customers and through numerous collaborative projects.

Graham Edwards, TWI Ltd

Graham Edwards has over 45 years of experience in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). Along with several other graduates, he started his career in NDT with the Unit Inspection Company, where he received training in all aspects of NDT and weld inspection. In 1973, he was one of the first ultrasonic test technicians to gain CSWIP approval. For the next four years, he worked in the North Sea offshore oil, the French nuclear power and Middle Eastern petrochemical industries. In 1977 he joined Baugh and Weedon Ltd as an applications engineer, and was involved in the development of the award winning ‘Seaprobe’ underwater ultrasonic test equipment. In 1981 he became a lecturer in the School of Applied NDT at The Welding Institute (TWI), before moving over to the NDT Research department in 1986. There, his research projects included NDT of plastics and composites, expert systems, and acceptance criteria in BS5500 for ultrasonic testing. He also set up the specialist site services team. While at TWI, he collaborated with the French Welding Institute on the NDT of fillet welds and was seconded to the Edison Welding Institute in the USA for two years to set up the NDT section there. In 1997 he moved to Plant Integrity (PI) Ltd, a subsidiary of TWI, as a plant assessment engineer, and ran many of the early inspections using the Teletest Long Range Ultrasonic Test (LRUT) system.

After 7 years as an independent consultant in NDT, he moved back to TWI in 2005 and has since managed many collaborative projects in topics ranging from guided wave inspection of aircraft wiring to robotic inspection of mooring chains. He is currently in the Monitoring and Inspection Research section (CSM) at TWI, where he is developing continuous monitoring techniques for quality control during manufacture and structural health in service.


Benn Faulkner, Renewable Advice

Benn Faulkner has spent more than fifteen years in the wind industry and has amassed experience in all areas relating to rotor blades, ranging from production business planning and start-up, production ramp-up, process development and technical support, investigation, solution development and project management of after-sales issues. Benn developed his career within several wind turbine manufacturing organisations, including forming Repower's Rotor Blade Production department, before starting his own business to provide technical and practical services to the whole industry.

Mario Sorgente, Optics 11

Mario has a background in aeronautics and electronics, with an MSc from Politecnico di Milano in Photonics and Nano-Optics. He has experience in semiconductor reality and phase change material memories, as well as both technical and commercial experience in optical sensors. His main role at Optics11 is to find monitoring solutions in challenging environments using Optics11 technologies.


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