Sheffield Professor wins £900,000 to optimise aerospace and wind energy structures

Published 20th December 2012 at 10:23am

A leading academic at the University of Sheffield has been awarded a substantial fellowship grant it was announced on 19th December by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Professor Keith Worden, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, has been awarded a fellowship worth around £900,000.

The project aims to provide a means to monitor the structural health of populations such as fleets of aircraft or offshore wind farms.

Professor Worden said:  “The fundamental idea is to allow a form of epidemiology for structures.

“The ultimate objective of my main area of research – structural health monitoring – is to provide a means for industry to optimise management of their assets by allowing them to diagnose potential problems in operation at as early a stage as possible. This will have overwhelming benefits in terms of both cost of ownership and safety of operation. The aerospace industry alone could save potentially millions of pounds from more effective maintenance and asset management strategies.

The EPSRC Fellowship will allow me the freedom and resources to concentrate on this challenge and bring my own experience and expertise to bear on the problem without the usual, but necessary distractions from research that the senior academic usually faces.”