Brunel University

National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC)

UKRPIF award: £15 million
Officially opened: September 2015

The NSIRC is a dedicated interdisciplinary research facility which focuses on the long-term challenges associated with the structural integrity of products, plants and infrastructure across the energy, transport, advanced manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

The UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) award funded the procurement and installation of experimental, analytical and testing equipment within the facility, including:

  • large chamber electron beam system
  • 3D x-ray machine
  • high pressure autoclave
  • bonding furnace.

The NSIRC is managed by the project’s core strategic partner and cofunder TWI, alongside co-investors and founders BP and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. As well as lead institution Brunel University, over 20 universities partner and collaborate with the centre, including institutes in China, Denmark and Malaysia.