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The National Structural Integrity Research Centre

National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)

The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. NSIRC unites academia and industry, working closely with leading UK and international universities, as well as founder sponsors BP and the Lloyd's Register Foundation. The collaborating partners provide academic excellence to address the need for fundamental research, as well as high-quality, industry-relevant training for the next generation of engineers.

Providing a direct path from academia to industry is one of the key attributes that NSIRC seeks to provide. Through the structure of the postgraduate courses on offer, the organisation is able to create an environment that provides important academic learning, as well as crucial training for industry, with students working on live projects and within their chosen fields. The impact of this means that when a student finishes their academic course and moves into a business, the training needed to adapt the student to a working, industry environment is already complete, allowing them to be effective within their new position from day one.

NSIRC advances fundamental research to support the following objectives:

  • Safe operation of products and structures
  • Development of innovative, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules
  • Engineering solutions for long-term asset management

To achieve these objectives, NSIRC is pursuing advancements in areas including: risk-based management, engineering critical assessment, non-destructive testing, structural health and condition monitoring, and health management for use in industrial applications.

Studying with NSIRC

NSIRC is based on Granta Park in Great Abington, Cambridge. Students are based in Cambridge for the majority of the programme. A number of fully-funded PhD scholarships are available for UK and EU students, and partial scholarships for International students with a strong interest in fundamental and applied research.


Understanding laser riveting processing

Developing quality category fatigue design S-N curves for AM materials

Approaches to Industry 4.0 implementation for electron beam quality assurance using Beam Assure

Wire and arc additive manufacture for maritime constructions. Assessment of structural integrity and degradation in service environments

Developing a model to predict fatigue limit of AM materials

Local detection of hydrogen in steels using neutron diffraction imaging

Protection of offshore wind turbines using low-cost, damage tolerant, sacrificial coatings (ProCoat)

Composite casing with variable thermal conductivity for passive cooling of battery elements

In-process quality monitoring of friction stir welding

Readiness to manufacture with electron beam additive manufacture and beam probing (BeamAssure) technology

Electron beam welding process quality prediction using BeamAssure technology

Crack Tip Constraint in Typical High Strength Steel Components in Arctic Conditions

Investigation on improvement of corrosion monitor reliability, calibration and coverage

Development of methods to evaluate dynamic fracture toughness of metallic materials at very high loading rates under conditions of limited plastic deformation

Application of Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics in Quantifying the Role of Welding Residual Stress in Fracture Assessment

Effect of partial pressure of hydrogen on high temperature vacuum brazing

Embedded Carbon Fibre Transition Zones for Metal-Composite Hybrid Joints

Fracture Toughness Scaling Model to Assess Changes in Crack-tip Constraint

Near net shape manufacturing of complex titanium structure by powder metallurgy hot isostatic pressing

Research Studentship in Hydrogen Embrittlement of Austenitic Stainless Steels

Recycling of thermoset resins via the development of a solvent trigger de-curing system

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Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cambridge, Great Abington
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Full funding for Home and EU students and partial for international students
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th November 2018
Closes: 8th February 2019
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