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Professor Iain Steel

Post Nominals CEng, FEI, MHEA
Biography Head of School of Engineering, RGU
Research Interests Prof Steel is presently chairman of the Sand Management Network which includes over 30 Oil and Gas companies including Operators and service companies.

In recent years he has been involved in research into monitoring and maintenance of offshore wind turbines as well as applications of acoustic emission techniques to particles in flow and welding.

His recent projects include:
2009-10 TOTAL CI – Tobermory gas field scoping study
2008-14 Sonatrach PhD Studentship - Human factors in Health & Safety in the Algerian Oil Industry
2009-12 NRP Studentship CI – Ultrasound medicine dispersal
2010-14 ETP studentship PI – Maintenance spare parts modelling for offshore wind turbines.
2017-19 OGIC/ITF CorrosionRadar CI – Corrosion Radar monitoring of offshore structures

He was PI on a large EC Framework Programme 5 project in collaboration with with Greek and Danish industrial and academic partners. This work has resulted in new ways of modelling AE wave transmission through complex mechanical objects such as engines, and has enabled automatic identification of operating parameters and condition monitoring of components and processes in engines. Much of this work has been published very recently. The work in this area continues in the area of automatic source location and the identification of the lubrication condition at the piston ring/cylinder liner interface. Other research carried out in the group include modelling AE wave propagation on pipes and in composite plates, development of monitoring techniques in turbines, and monitoring of corrosion/erosion processes using AE.

An EC BRITE/EURAM project (BE7405) which involved the development of a condition monitoring system for rotating machines was completed in 1998. The work included development of a low cost PVdF acoustic emission sensor for measurement of stress wave emissions associated with machine faults resulting from wear and fracture of components. The project had eight partners including a Greek oil refinery, a Spanish power utility and a UK pump manufacturer. Work was carried out on test beds at the pump manufacturer’s premises and at the oil refinery. This area of research received further funding for a project which studied condition monitoring of reciprocating machines and was completed in January 2001. Partners in that BRITE/EURAM project (BE3491) included a Danish diesel engine manufacturer and shipping company and a UK diesel engine manufacturer. The funding on this project was extended. A TCS grant was awarded jointly with IMES Ltd in Aberdeen for the development of an AE condition monitoring system.

Previous research on sound transmission in motor vehicles has been successful and some of this work has been published. Support was provided by Nissan European Technology Centre for this work which resulted in the publication of 2 journal papers and 5 conference papers.

Research on sound transmission in offshore/marine structures was funded through a Marine Technology Directorate (MTD) programme (EPSRC Grant No. GR/K41069) which involved three other institutions (Southampton, Oxford and ISVR) and which was linked with industrial partners. This work involved the measurement and prediction of sound transmission in real structures such as ship superstructures and oil rig accommodation modules. Measurements have been carried out on a ship under construction at Yarrows in Clydebank.
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