Funded 4 yr EngD Research Engineer: Advancing the Science of Automated Pipeline Inspection

The University of Manchester - School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Anticipated start date for project: 

Possible Start dates; April; July or September 2018

Information about the project:

Supervisors: Giovanni Canni and Jochen Giese (PPS, Baker Hughes, a GE Company) and Professor Tony Peyton (UoM)

The purpose of the research is to advance the state of the art in magnetic flux leakage technology to make pipeline inspection as effective as possible and to investigate in how far magnetic flux leakage (MFL) technologies can address the growing challenges of multiple defects in close proximity and individual defects with variable depth profile, which has become a major threat to pipeline integrity in recent years. The project will involve:

  • Familiarization with MFL technology and magnetic field modelling
  • Investigation into mathematical models which describe the dependencies between MFL signals and simple defects size/shape
  • Systematic approach to investigate and describe complex compositions of simple defects with variable geometry and the expected field level measured in their vicinity
  • Validation of expected field levels with lab tests and infield data
  • Derivation of a classification algorithm to characterize complex defects
  • Evaluation of this classification algorithm in terms of design constraints imposed by practical MFL systems

Qualifications applicants should have/expected to receive:

We are seeking an ambitious and bright Research Engineer (RE) for a four-year project based between the University of Manchester within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Non-Destructive Evaluation and PPS, a centre of excellence of Baker Hughes, a GE Company with over 1 million kilometres of pipeline inspected worldwide during the last 35 years. The Centre has close links with UK’s internationally leading Research Centre for Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) with opportunities for networking with leading researchers and companies in the field. The PPS facility is located near the vibrant city of Newcastle and within easy access to sandy beaches, beautiful Northumberland and North Yorkshire National Parks. This opportunity is based on the Engineering Doctorate career acceleration scheme, which also offers a four-year postgraduate degree programme combining taught modules and a major research project based in industry with both commercial and academic research components. The EngD is equivalent to a PhD awarding the title “Dr”. The work will also involve some time spent at the universities for training modules at the six RCNDE Universities and some international site work.

Applicants should hold (or expect to attain) a 2(i) or higher degree in Physics, Engineering or Materials Science and be interested in industrial inspection technologies. This EPSRC EngD studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. There will be a tax-free EPSRC stipend which, together with a generous top-up from the industrial partner, will provide a total stipend of more than £20k per year, (which is equivalent to taxed starting salary of approximately £25k). Eligibility is restricted to UK/EU applicants with 3 years residency in the UK.

Salary: Over £20k (tax free in most cases), plus tuition fees

Looking for an opportunity to combine an industrial career with advanced research leading to a doctorate?

Contact for further information:

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Tony Peyton

How to apply:

Formal applications should be made by sending a CV and covering letter to the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineer PG Admission at

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