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Future of collaboration with Kitakyushu University

November 2009

Steve James took part in a symposium to discuss the next stage of the fruitful collaboration between Cranfield University and the Universities on the Kitakyushu Science and Research Park in Kitakyushu, Japan. Representatives of Cranfield University, Kitakyushu University, Waseda University, and Kitakyushu Institute of Technology reviewed past and ongoing collaborative research and, in a panel discussion, explored the options for consolidating current successes and building new collaborations. The audience was drawn from the Universities, local industries, and from local government.

 

Member of the board

October 2009

Ralph Tatam has been elected to sit on the board of directors of SPIE.

 

You take the high road... to the 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors

October 2009

The EPG was well represented at OFS-20 held in Edinburgh from 5th to 9th of October, where eight papers on its work in the areas of fibre grating sensors and optical coherence tomography were presented.

Field monitoring of static, dynamic and statnamic pile loading tests using fibre Bragg grating strain sensors
J Li, R Correia, E Chehura, S Staines, S W James, R P Tatam, A P Butcher, and R Fuentes
Presented at the 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS20) held in Edinburgh, UK, October 2009.

Optical fibre long period grating based selective vapour sensing of volatile organic compounds
S M Topliss, S W James, F Davis, S P J Higson, and R P Tatam
Presented at the 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS20) held in Edinburgh, UK, October 2009.

Fibre Bragg grating based effective soil pressure sensor for geotechnical applications
R Correia, J Li, S Staines, E Chehura, S W James, J Kutner, P Dewhurst, P Ferreira, and R P Tatam
Presented at the 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS20) held in Edinburgh, UK, October 2009.

A simple method for fabricating phase-shifted fibre Bragg gratings with flexible choice of centre wavelength
E Chehura, S W James, and R P Tatam
Presented at the 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS20) held in Edinburgh, UK, October 2009.

Pressure measurements on aircraft wing using phase-shifted fibre Bragg grating sensors
E Chehura, S W James, N Lawson, K P Garry, and R P Tatam
Presented at the 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS20) held in Edinburgh, UK, October 2009.

Multicomponent strain development in superconducting magnet coils using optical fibre grating sensors fabricated in highly linearly birefringent fibre
E Chehura, S W James, A Johnstone, F Domptail, A Twin, and R P Tatam
Presented at the 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS20) held in Edinburgh, UK, October 2009.

Response of a fibre optic long period grating operating at the phase matching turning point to the deposition of a nanostructured coating
S W James, S M Topliss, S C Cheung, and R P Tatai
Presented at the 20th International Conference on Optical Fibre Sensors (OFS20) held in Edinburgh, UK, October 2009.

 

EPG involved in two Framework-7 projects

June 2009

The ADVITAC (ADVanced Integrated TAil Cone) project funded by the European Commission officially started on May 25th, 2009. The partners (Daher Aerospace, NLR, INASMET, Cranfield University, Coriolis Composites, Embraer, RECOMET Impex, and Free Field Technologies) gather at Daher's headquarters in Montrichard on May 28th to launch the project. The aim of the ADVITAC programme is to build a composite tail cone, 3 m long by 150 cm in diameter, equipped with the APU system for business jets and regional aircraft. The EPG is involved in the development of approaches, based on optical fibre sensors, to monitor the cure of the composite materials, subsequently using the sensors for structural health and usage monitoring. The length of the programme will be 42 months and has an overall cost estimated at 8M Euros, 50% of the finance is provided by the European Commission.

PMnIDEA (Predictive Maintenance employing non-intrusive Inspection and Data Analysis) brings together TU Delft, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cranfield University, D'Appolonia SPA, Mer Mer SPA, Politecnico Milano, Stagecoach Group, Plc. Societe des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles SSF, Agenzia per la Mobilita del Comune di Roma SPA. Tramwaje Warszawskie Sp. Zoo, Corus UK Ltd, Alstom Transport S.A., TSTG Schienen Technik GmbH, Dynamics, Structures and System International Ltd, and Bytronics Automation Ltd. The project has two key drivers; firsty to contribute towards the realisation of a 24x7 railway by minimising the disruption caused by activities such as inspection, remedial and reactive maintenance, and track renewal. Secondly, the introduction of novel sensor and inspection technologies that focuses more on the monitoring of degradation through the measurement of deviation from identified benchmark data known as a signature tune. Both these drivers promote the use of urban transport, and tramways inparticular, which contributes to lowering congestion and the impact on the environment. The EPG will be exploiting fibre Bragg grating technology for the measurement of strain in critical components.