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University’s Engineering Tomography Laboratory Benefits from Newly Awarded KTPs

manuchehr_soleimaniThe University of Bath has been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with James Fisher Nuclear (JFN), an established supplier of specialist engineering, manufacturing and technical services.

Covering a full spectrum of testing inspections and specialist techniques, JFN will be working with the University as a direct result of a one year feasibility project with UK-RCNDE (UK Research Centre for Non Destructive Evaluation).

This saw a prototype pipe inspection system being developed using advanced current imaging systems at the University’s Engineering Tomography Laboratory (ETL), established in 2011 by Dr Manuch Soleimani, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, who is leading the KTP, far left.

The aim of the KTP is to now transform the prototype, using electromagnetic methods, into a commercially viable pipe inspection system capable of operating in harsh environments, and giving JFN the competitive edge in a market which includes a broad range of industries including chemical and process industries, oil and gas, water and power generation.

Pipe inspection can be a major challenge in industrial settings, with current methods requiring insertion of sensors inside the pipe or cladding area, interrupting the operation facility. However the KTP hopes to develop a unique, non-invasive and low cost method for the global market, offering a commercial solution for pipe inspections not yet found.

The KTP is being funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Welsh Assembly Government.

The ETL has also secured TSB funding for a KTP with Industrial Tomography Systems plc (ITS), a world leader in process tomography - the technological equivalent to CAT scanning in medicine, enabling process engineers to “see inside their processes”.

With customers including blue chip process companies and research groups world-wide, the KTP will help ITS in developing new tomography software for image analysis.

This will see new products being launchedwith three dimensional (3D) software , growing the market for ITS with new applications as well as enhancing the capabilities of current users

As well as improving 2D modelling, the KTP will also meet customer demand for greater definition and precision of imaging software through developing new imaging algorithms.

The combination of real time 3D system with tried and tested instrumentation will boost process tomography applications around the world, helping industry to improve efficiency and production

Dr Soleimani, Lead Academic for both newly awarded KTPs, says: “The total funding of these KTPs amounts to nearly £300k, which is great news for ETL where we can continue to do cutting edge research that is highly desired by industry”.

Dr Miles Davis, Head of Enterprise and Knowledge Exploitation in RDSO says: "We are extremely pleased for the ETL to be awarded not one but two KTPs, this is a significant accolade for the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering".  

For further information on KTPs please contact:

Clive Bailey, KTP Manager