Position filled - Inspection and detection of faults on bearings on trains
One fully funded 4-year industry sponsored studentship is available in Edinburgh starting September 2018. Sponsorship will be provided by the Rail Safety and Standards Board http://www.rssb.co.uk on behalf of the UK Rail industry. RSSB is a not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to help its members to continuously improve the level of safety in the rail industry, to drive out unnecessary cost and to improve business performance.
This project targets developing robotized sensing and manipulation systems to inspect the bearings that are used in trains and to detect the faults on these. The project involves two main work packages:
1) Development of robotized manipulation in order to trace and inspect confined curved surfaces without relying on a predefined geometric model. The manipulation will rely on force/torque sensing and possibly camera and/or kinect based vision data.
2) Development and integration of the sensor and signal processing system. This work package relates to investigation of the available sensor technologies to detect cracks and faults in metal structures typical of bearings and develop the signal processing algorithms to robustly and optimally distinguish between the faulty and non-faulty bearings.
Applicants should have, or expect to obtain one of the following qualifications:
BSc/MSc Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science 1st/70% average or above.
Other engineering, science or mathematical backgrounds studied to a suitably qualified level may also be considered. Strong robotics, mechanical design, sensors and signal processing, computer programming, and software engineering skills are desirable.
This is a fully funded 4-year Home/EU RAS CDT Scholarship covering Home/EU fees and stipend (£14,777 for 2018/19).