The Research Centre for Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) is a collaboration between industry and the Universities of Bristol, Nottingham, Strathclyde, Manchester, Warwick, Liverpool, Southampton and Imperial College London to coordinate the latest research on Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) technologies, matching it to the needs of industry – both now and in the future. The Centre was founded in 2003 and co-funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and its original 5 industrial members. Since then, the membership has grown to 14 full industrial members and more than 40 associate members, a category introduced in 2005 to incorporate vital technology providers and the key players within the supply chain. The industrial membership of RCNDE is represented by the NDE Research Association (NDEvR) and RCNDE is governed by the RCNDE Board.
Founded on the guiding principles of world-class scientific research and industrial application, the Centre is uniquely placed to help industry to face ever more challenging requirements for integrity and safety, and adopt new approaches to inspection and quality control.
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Centres for Doctoral Training
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovations in Non-Destructive Evaluation (FIND-CDT) offers both PhD and EngD training to the next generation of NDE engineers, and is managed by a consortium of six of RCNDE’s university partners. For RCNDE industry members, the Centre offers unparalleled access to world-class talent at a discounted rate. For students, it offers exciting opportunities for collaborative industry-university research in advanced sensor and imaging technology, launching outstanding graduates into an engineering career.
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative NDE is the FIND-CDT precursor and it is currently hosting its last cohort of students, all of them in their 4th year and about to graduate. So far 66 EngD/PhD students from all cohorts, including previous EngD centres, have graduated and most of them are working in NDE related positions.
Many past CDT graduates are current collaborators of RCNDE and are the best examples and advocates of doctoral training as a method of effective technology transfer into industry.
For more information, go to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative NDE page.