University of Manchester
The University of Manchester (UoM) is ranked in the top 30 research universities world-wide. For materials-focused research, it has won multiple prestigious awards, particularly in the field of materials science and engineering. The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) hosts the hub of the Sir Henry Royce Institute, home to the Manchester X-ray Imaging Facility and the electron microscopy centre, which provides unique expertise and research into imaging, characterisation, and diffraction.
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (E&EE) will support the research on eddy current inspection. E&EE is one of the oldest and largest electrical engineering departments in the UK, with a wide range of facilities covering nano scale electronic devices to a major high voltage laboratory. The non-destructive testing (NDT) team within E&EE specialises in electromagnetic techniques. The Manchester team are expert in research and design of electromagnetic (EM) sensor systems and have been active in this area for over two decades. The team works across a wide bandwidth (DC to GHz), achieving notable successes over this range including NDT of graphite cores in nuclear reactors.
Role in the Project
Within INNO4GRAPH, UoM contributes to the research and development of cracks detection tools for in-situ measurement. This involves innovation of novel coil geometries, new multi-frequency/pulsed eddy current interrogation and signal processing schemes and data inversion and reconstruction algorithms. These algorithms may be based on guided machine learning algorithms reinforced with established inverse solvers. The UoM team works from laboratory proof of concept through to inversion of measured reactor data.
Professor of Electromagnetic Tomography
Tony originally graduated from Manchester in Electrical Engineering and Electronics in 1983 and later a Ph.D. in medical instrumentation in 1986. After various positions in the scientific instrumentation industry and academia, he was appointed Professor in Electromagnetic Engineering in May 2004. Tony has over 30 years of experience in a diverse range of electromagnetic sensor systems and has been Principal Investigator of numerous national, international and industry funded projects, totalling several £10Ms. Tony has also been a partner on many major EU projects and co-author on >150 international journal papers related to electromagnetics and sensing. His group work extensively with industry, taking electromagnetic sensors from fundamental research in the laboratory through to final applications in a range of real-world settings, from detecting meteorites in the Antarctic, to steel mills around the world and nuclear reactors.
Henok received the M.Eng. degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering in 2014 and the Ph.D. degree in 2018 from the University of Manchester. He joined the University of Manchester as a research associate in April 2018 developing non-destructive testing systems for different industrial applications. Henok has closely collaborated with EDF-Energy and their sub-contractors developing a new non-destructive testing system for inspection of the Advanced Gas-Cooled reactor cores during his PhD and post-doctoral research projects. His main research interests are in electromagnetic non-destructive testing including sensor systems, inverse eddy current methods, materials defect detection and characterization.
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