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University of Leicester signs partnership agreement with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)

University of Leicester signs partnership agreement with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)

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The University of Leicester has become the latest academic organisation to partner with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC).

The Centre will be a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with the University of Leicester and lead academic partner Brunel University London. Other academic partners include the universities of Cambridge and Manchester. In addition, a number of industrial partners will support the identification and supervision of industrially applied projects. The collaborating partners will 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 will advance fundamental research to support the safe operation of products and structures, develop innovative, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules and will demonstrate solutions for long term asset management. This will include risk-based management, engineering critical assessment, NDT, structural health and condition monitoring and health management for use in industrial applications.

As part of Leicester’s partnership it is expected that at least 40 PHD students in the Department of Engineering will receive state-of-the-art training through the NSIRC over the next ten years.

Professor Hongbiao Dong, Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Leicester said: "We look forward to working in partnership with the National Structural Integrity Research Centre to deliver the next generation of industrial engineers and researchers in the field. The people that we will train will play an important role developing practical, research-led solutions to meet national and global industrial needs."

Professor Helen Atkinson, Head of the University of Leicester’s Department of Engineering, said: "I welcome the development of this long-term relationship between the University of Leicester, TWI and the industrial partners within NSIRC. It will enhance our capacity to promote technology and skills development for engineers in an area of applied research which is of strategic importance to UK industry.”

Professor Tat-Hean Gan, Technology Director at NSIRC, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with the University of Leicester. Together with Universities such as Brunel, Loughborough, Southampton, Edinburgh and Birmingham, Leicester will strengthen our academic partnership and assist in the delivery of the NSIRC programme. The collaboration will strengthen our technical areas in structural integrity, especially in metal processing through the IPMaCT CDT programme.”

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