University of Strathclyde - Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials

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The department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) has 91% of its activities judged world leading or internationally excellent by REF, making it 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for the discipline.

The research is driven by two broad-based Institutes, whose expertise supports innovation in key areas relevant to the subsea industry:

Institute for Sensors, Signals and Communications including the Centre for Intelligent Dynamic Communication, The Centre for Microsystems and Photonics, and the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering

Institute for Energy and Environment with expertise in advanced electrical systems, high voltage technologies, power electronics drive and energy conversion.

Capability Statement

The Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering (CUE) has over 30 years of expertise in the design and implementation of ultrasonic transducers and transducer systems across a broad range of industrial sectors.

The CUE addresses markets in non-destructive testing, industrial process ultrasound, condition monitoring, automation, underwater sonar and biomedical applications. They have expertise in ultrasonic transducer manufacture, system prototyping, instrumentation hardware, system simulation, robotics, metrology, data processing software and image analysis.

The Centre for Intelligent Dynamic Communication brings together internationally respected groups in both communications technology and digital signal processing. They provide a unique combination of expertise in areas of critical importance to the growth and success of this multi-disciplinary technology.

The Centre for Microsystems and Photonics (CMP) has extensive expertise in the design, fabrication and testing of MEMS, microsensors, microfluidics, optoelectronic and photonic sensors and systems.

Consultancy projects with the university can be of any size – from a few hours work to projects lasting several years. Services and expertise on offer include computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling, finite element analysis and energy systems modelling.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are one of the best-known mechanisms for establishing links between companies and a university. A recent Strathclyde graduate works with the host company for two to three years to work on a business-led challenge requiring innovation.

Development Activities

The Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering multi-disciplinary research team combines work on engineering, materials and biology into innovative transducer system solutions. Their research spans manufacturing robotics and fixed asset inspection. Their aim is to provide engineers with the latest tools for product quality assurance through the integration of traditional NDE technologies with the latest advances in automation, data processing and complex data set visualisation.

Their research projects in this area include:

  • Manufacturing robotics for in-process inspection
  • Precision tracking and large volume metrology
  • Mobile robotics and UAVs for asset inspection
  • Novel path planning and control for robotic inspection
  • Integrated NDE measurement technologies
  • Advanced defect visualisation and surface reconstruction
  • CAD/CAM driven approaches to robotic control

Research in the Institute for Energy and Environment focusses on intelligent system applications in power and energy. Combing expertise in artificial intelligence and power engineering, research staff outputs’ deliver systems with advanced decision support, automated decision making and autonomous control capabilities. In particular, automated data analysis and distributed intelligence architectures are being developed to underpin Smart Grids, condition monitoring, active network management, diagnostics and prognostics in the energy industry.

The Centre for Microsystems and Photonics comprises a multidisciplinary research team which contributes to theoretical and practical developments in the fields of fibre-optic and guided wave optic sensors, fibre lasers, micromechanics, gas sensing spectroscopies, together with lab-on-a-chip and microfluidic technologies for biological and clinical applications.

Quality Rating

Each university unit is rated in terms of quality, this table shows the percentage of each quality classification given for this unit ranging from 4* (best rating) to N/C (unclassified).

Ratings Key

  • 4* - Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • 3* - Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence.
  • 2* - Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • 1* - Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
  • N/C - Unclassified.

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