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The UK Research Centre in NDE (RCNDE) has many industrial members in the energy sector: EDF, Rolls-Royce, Shell, BP, Petrobras, RWE, E-ON. Much of our research has applications in this area and we have active links with most of these companies.

Energy Areas

Nuclear

Quantitative NDE originated in the nuclear industry and many challenges remain, both in existing and new plant. We have a variety of projects on bulk and guided wave ultrasound and electromagnetic techniques with Rolls-Royce, British Nuclear Group, SERCO Assurance, BNFL/Nexia and British Energy. We are also members of the EPSRC funded PROMINENT programme and the Imperial College Nuclear Group. 

Nuclear Projects

Improved guided wave inspection of buried and coated structures
High temperature inspection
The long range inspection of pipework
Improvements in ultrasonic inspection techniques for high-density polyethylene pipe joints
Ultrasonic Inspection of Highly Scattering Materials
Development of FE techniques for the ultrasonic inspection of surface-breaking defects
Integrated Ultrasonic Imaging for Inspection of Near-Surface Defects in Safety-Critical Components

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Oil and Gas

The group’s work on long range guided wave inspection has been particularly applied in the oil and gas sector via the spin-out company Guided Ultrasonics Ltd. We have several projects on potential advances in this technology and also on electromagnetic methods in collaboration with the oil industry. Recent work on wireless corrosion/erosion monitoring is being commercialised by the group's most recent spin-out company, Permasense Ltd.

Oil and Gas Projects

High temperature inspection
The long range inspection of pipework
Radiography of Sub-sea Pipelines
Improved Guided wave inspection of buried and coated structures
Area Monitoring using Ultrasonic Guided Wave
Electromagnetic NDE Techniques for Pipeline Inspection and Monitoring
Improvements in EMAT Sensitivity
Guided wave tomography for thickness mapping
Partial coverage inspection of engineering components

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Power Industry

Long range guided wave inspection has a variety of potential applications in the power industry, for example the detection of longitudinal cracks in pipes, that require advances over the techniques previously developed for the oil and gas sector. We are involved in this area, and also in the inspection and monitoring of structures at high temperatures (>500oC). 

Power Industry Projects

High temperature inspection
The long range inspection of pipework
Radiography of Sub-sea Pipelines
Improvements in ultrasonic inspection techniques for high-density polyethylene pipe joints
Ultrasonic Inspection of Highly Scattering Materials
Area Monitoring using Ultrasonic Guided Wave
Potential Drop Creep Monitoring
Partial coverage inspection of engineering components

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