Brunel University

National Structural Integrity Research Centre

This project will help to address the global problem of failures in large engineering structures by establishing a new centre for research into ‘national structural integrity’.

Project summary

It is currently estimated that failures in large engineering structures have a global cost of $2.2 trillion. This amounts to three per cent of the world’s GDP.

The centre – located at Granta Park in Cambridge - will use the fundamentals of science to ensure industry can address this problem, and operate products and services safely.

It will act as a dedicated, national hub that conducts interdisciplinary research. This will focus on the long-term challenges associated with the structural integrity of products, plant and infrastructure across the energy, transport, advanced manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.

The centre will also develop innovative, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules, and will demonstrate solutions for long-term asset management. This will cover structural health, condition monitoring and health management through user-led applications.

The jointly co-ordinated research will develop a scientific and technological foundation for the discipline of structural integrity. It will provide a basis from which to build partnerships between industry, universities and a renowned research and technology organisation.

Driven by the industry, the centre will adopt a unique, integrated approach to research and postgraduate training.