Coventry University in the UK and engineering consultancy TWI Ltd plan to open a center to research fatigue and structural integrity.

The partners say that they will create joint research programs to develop new technologies with technology readiness levels (TRLs) 1-6, with the aim of increasing the use of fatigue and structural integrity methods and systems. This will include working with SMEs in the UK and mainland Europe to access public funding from bodies such as Innovate UK and Horizon Europe to support R&D, according to the university.

‘Fatigue and structural integrity are critical areas across most major industries and go hand-in-hand to ensure the safe, reliable operation of plant, equipment and standing infrastructure,’ said Tat-Hean Gan, TWI director of innovation and skills. ‘In particular, the new center will focus on harnessing cutting edge technologies, in areas such as robotics, digital twin, artificial intelligence (AI), smart monitoring sensors, data clustering, and advanced non-destructive testing and inspection techniques.’

This story uses material from Coventry University, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.