2016 Through-life Degradation Assessment Workshop
Degradation Assessment of High Performance Materials & Structures

Organised by: Pavan Addepalli , Cranfield University
Date: 1st November 2016
Venue: Vincent Building, Cranfield University


Details of the Workshop:
The workshop is organised by Through-life Engineering Services looking at recent trends in the degradation assessment of materials and structures in aerospace, nuclear, and rail industries, with particular focus on assessment, modelling, and condition monitoring.

With the increasing requirement to extend the life of high performance components and structures in service industry, traditional and advanced techniques are being deployed for assessing degradation both at initial design stages and in maintenance. This is a special industry session where recent developments in the high performance materials and structures discipline are presented by industrial experts.

Workshop Aim:
To provide a platform to discuss the successful deployment of degradation assessment and modelling techniques to characterise the condition of the material and structures. This session will present the academic researchers and engineers from industry working in the design and maintenance to look at latest trends in the degradation assessment approaches and their integration into industry.

Confirmed Industry Speakers:
Mr Tony Fry – Science Area Leader, The National Physical Laboratory
Title of presentation: “Understanding Material Degradation Through Advanced Measurement Techniques”
Mr Mike Murray – Head of Airframe Structures, BAE Systems
Title of presentation: “Exploiting the Digital Thread for Airframe”


TES - innovation and the role of standards
Date: 1st November 2016
Coordinators/moderators: Paul Tasker, Jeremy Lovell, Andy Shaw - Cranfield University; Sarah Kelly, Steve Wilson - BSI

This workshop will present the findings of the five years of collaboration between Cranfield University's TES Centre and BSI, the British Standards Institution, in establishing the need for standards in TES. The session will highlight the research projects undertaken, the engagement work conducted, and the proposed next steps in terms of standardization projects and deliverables, including information on opportunities to get involved."

Standards and innovation – an introduction to BSI and its work with Cranfield University, Sarah Kelly/Steve Wilson (BSI)
Five years of the TES Centre – research on the need for standards in TES, Paul Tasker/Jeremy Lovell/Andy Shaw (Cranfield University)
Update on the workshop “Developing a framework standard for TES”, Jeremy Lovell/Andy Shaw/Paul Tasker (Cranfield University)
Next steps and how to get involved, Steve Wilson/Sarah Kelly (BSI)



Electronics Degradation and Failure Predictions
Organised by: Dr Suresh Perinpanayagam, Cranfield University
Date: 2nd November 2016
Venue: Vincent Building, Cranfield University

Topics and Technical Outline of the Session:
Electronic systems are integral to the functionality of most systems today, and their reliability is often critical for system reliability. All electronic systems are prone to wear-out and eventual failure. The accurate prediction of an impending failure can provide significant savings in functionality and mission success. Accurate and timely failure prediction can support the mitigation of catastrophic faults in aerospace, automotive and energy systems as well as autonomous control and dynamic repairs to faults. Electronic prognostics provide advanced warnings of impending electronic module failures.

This special industrial session focuses on the current state-of-the-art and on future trends in electronics degradation monitoring and predictions. Examples of electronics degradation and failure predictions are provided with industrial insight and the implementation challenges are discussed.

Contributing Authors:

Mr Peter Mayhew - GE Aviation
Dr Hans Manhaeve  - Ridgetop Group Europe

Mr Chris Gorringe - Spherea Technology Ltd
Dr Suresh Perinpanayagam - Cranfield University


IVHM: Business Case
Organised by: Dr Zakwan Skaf
Date: 1st November 2016
Venue: Vincent Building, Cranfield University

Session Chairs: Prof Ian Jennions and Dr Zakwan Skaf

Topics and Technical Outline of the Session:
Both manufacturers and operators indicate a consistently growing interest in Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) technology. IVHM aims to accurately assess the health of an asset through its lifecycle, relaying health information to engineers and technicians, managing spare and maintenance resources to optimise asset availability. Therefore, assessing IVHM’s potential business benefit is necessary to justify its investment to all stakeholders.
The main goal of this industry workshop is to examine how manufacturers and operators assess and demonstrate the business potential for IVHM, and how they support the IVHM business benefit by building the arguments to overcome the barriers and risk of IVHM. The session will start with a set of industry speakers to address how to build a business case for IVHM and then there will be an open discussion of the related issues.
Confirmed Industry Speakers
Sean-P Ring - Chief Engineer (Alstom Transport)
Ian Laurence - Technical Manager – Training & Support – R&T (BAE Systems)
Giles Huby - Managing Director (Copernicus Technology Ltd)


Composites Repair Industrial Workshop
Organised by: Dr. Hamed Yazdani Nezhad
Date: 2nd November 2016
Venue: Vincent Building, Cranfield University

The globally growing market for composites and their increasing widespread use in critical aircraft structures has necessitated an urgent need for reliable repairs of composite structures, especially in the nearly £50bn maintenance, repair and overhaul sector. Alongside their well-known advantageous properties, their poor structural integrity in response to dynamic and impact events is still a major concern, along with the challenge of detecting invisible damage that occurs in such events. In extreme circumstances, this could result in catastrophic structural failure in-service if not detected and repaired. Repaired structures must comply with aviation regulatory requirements for initial and continued airworthiness. It must be possible to ensure their integrity and reliability using non-destructive inspection techniques, e.g. to provide assurance of bond integrity of in-service bonded repairs.
There is an ever increasing need for the development of reliable repair techniques in response to the growing market. Development of the underlying knowledge is not keeping pace with this demand. The Composites Repair workshop will provide a knowledge-based industrial oriented session with contributions and presentations from academy, industry and regulatory sectors.

Invited speakers: (speakers and their titles are tentative)
Professor Constantinos Soutis - Director of National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility, University of Manchester
Title of presentation: "The Importance of NDT/SHM on Evaluation of Bonded Repairs"

Dr. Simon Waite - Senior Structures Expert, Certification Directorate, European Aviation Safety Agency
Title of presentation: "Bonded Repairs - Regulators Perspective"

Dr. Ronan O'Higgins - Irish Centre for Composites Research, Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick
Title of presentation: "Development of A Novel Injection Repair Procedure for Composite Laminates"


Obsolescence Management and Technologies
Organised by: Yifan Zhao
Date: 2nd November 2016
Venue: Vincent Building, Cranfield University

14:10 - 14:40 Peter Marston, Rochester Electronics
Counterfeit exposure and mitigation in the semiconductor supply chain
“Semiconductors are a key component for all electronic systems. Manufacturers have been in existence for 50 to 60 years and the industry is now undergoing unprecedented change through mergers and acquisitions as manufacturers strive to capture the best technologies and products for future market growth. The result is a rapid reduction of older technologies and products. Obsoletions present opportunities to counterfeiting posing inherent dangers to equipment users. This presentation will look at reasons for the mergers and acquisitions and review product obsoletions. It will explain the counterfeiting situation. Details of ways counterfeit products can be avoided and solutions for obsolescence issues will be covered”

14:40 - 15:10 Ian Blackman, IIOM
Obsolescence impact on the internet of things
“The IOT is seen by many as a software led initiative enabling the communication between many physical products to achieve high levels of integration and intelligence. The assumption made here is that software does not go obsolete and therefore that IOT is robust and sustainable. However, the reality is very different, the IOT will require both software and hardware to be supportable and able to be maintained longer than most consumer products are currently. Many IOT developers are from commercial environments and do not appreciate the complexities of long term support, configuration changes, updates and robust safety critical requirements for some applications.”

15:10 - 15:30  Phil Wardle, IIOM
Continuous Professional Development for obsolescence practitioners
“For many years the Obsolescence Engineer or Obsolescence Manager has been unable to demonstrate their competence against a recognized international standard. IIOM is developing a certificate and diploma programmes that will serve the dual purposes of giving the individual a transferable qualification and the employer a qualification to reference in support activity and bid documents to customers. The CPD programme is being developed by experienced practitioners and will be provided by endorsed trainers selected by IIOM. The certificate will be available in April 2017 and this will be the core of this presentation.”