Though portable IR sensors exist in the market, there is no system currently in place to use these sensors to perform active thermography inspection.  This PhD project aims to develop a IoT based thermography inspection system including system integration and software development.

As a highly efficient and powerful Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technique, Active Thermography (AT) is contact free and offers a rapid inspection while covering a large area within a short time. Therefore, it has been successfully applied to a wide range of areas such as civil engineering, medicine and biology as well as agriculture, aerospace, automotive and the manufacturing industries.

The student will be based at Through-life Engineering Services (TES) Centre at Cranfield. The TES Centre focuses on developing knowledge, technology and process demonstrators to provide the capability for the concept design of high value engineering systems based on design and manufacturing for through-life engineering services. The student will also work with the core industrial partners of TES Centre to develop a user case to apply this technique to digitalize industrial components.

At a glance

  • Application deadlineOngoing
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityEU, Rest of World
  • Reference numberSATM0003

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as computer science, mathematics, or engineering. The candidate should be self-motivated and have excellent analytical, programming, reporting and communication skills.



Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

For further information please contact:
Dr Yifan Zhao

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