Friday, July 6, 2012

News: Strainsonics show how we Make it in Great Britain


LoadSCAN technology developed in the Sheffield city region has been named as a finalist in a nationwide competition to seek out the UK's next big pre-market products, processes and concepts.

Strainsonics Ltd has developed its new LoadSCAN technology to monitor structural load in a number of civil and structural applications, in particular tension and compression assemblies such as cables and bars on bridges and buildings.

Strainsonics is a collaboration between Dr Phil Harper of Tribosonics in Sheffield and Peter Seaman of Stressed Structural Ltd in Rotherham.

The two, both from different backgrounds, founded the company with the aim of improving and developing new load monitoring technology for application in the civil engineering industry.

Dr Harper set up his own company Tribosonics back in 2006 which specialises in the use of ultrasonics in a number of engineering applications and it has been growing and diversifying ever since.

Peter Seaman has operated in the civil engineering industry for many years and his company Stressed Structural Ltd specialise in the installation of complex tension and compression structures.

The Masbrough company has supplied projects such as the New York Times Building, the Clyde Arc bridge and Doha International Airport.

Seaman saw the need for improvements to load monitoring technology, such as strain gauges, through work on various projects and met with Dr Harper to investigate the use of ultrasound for monitoring load through various structural assembly components. Since then they have completed a number of validation tests on the technology and currently have patent pending status on this new technology.

The inventors believe that LoadSCAN could potentially save lives by warning operators when a structure has exceeded its permissible load, and could also be used after events such as earthquakes and hurricanes, to quickly assess the safety of structures such as bridges and buildings.

The technology is a finalist in the Make it in Great Britain Challenge and will be showcased at the Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum in London this summer.

Business Minister Mark Prisk said: "The UK is full of creative manufacturing expertise, and I'm delighted that we are able to celebrate some of the best pre-market ideas through the challenge."

Make it in Great Britain is a campaign aiming to transform the image of modern British manufacturing and to raise awareness of its importance for the economy.

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