Consortium of Excellence in Advanced Sensors and Their Applications

Lead Research Organisation: City University London
Department Name: Sch of Engineering and Mathematical Sci

Abstract

This project is designed to promote a synergy of the skills and expertise of key personnel in several key research groups, across a range of disciplines both in the UK and overseas, and working with targeted user communities to share their expertise and wide experience, with the people involved enthusiastically collaborating for success. In so doing, the prime theme of this project is to create new technological opportunities which would otherwise be very difficult to develop individually due to the limitations in individual facilities and resources and the depth of knowledge required, to create real innovation over a broad technological field. Most importantly, the focus of the application is on the team brought together to 'bring out the best' in a group of engineers with complementary skills, to achieve the step change that is needed to meet the challenges of competitiveness for the user community over the next decade and beyond. The consortium brought together for the first time, is one of significant diversity, which encompassing expertise and experience in optical fibre sensors, MEMS sensor design, fabrication and integration, chemistry, chemical engineering, communications and civil structures and has been created to make the step change in both the required sensor technologies and material science and thus developing a competitive edge to meet demands from user communities. The consortium has an excellent balance of experienced and early career staff, but above all is a group with the intellectual depth and drive to be successful, to take on new challenges and meet new opportunities.The project planned adds a new dimension to what is a very strong current grants portfolio of the UK consortium. The applicants hold a number of prestigious grants - amongst them 2 Platform Grants, 2 Challenging Engineering grants and 1 Advanced Fellowship (the latter two specifically recognizing excellence among early career researchers), together with a number of Responsive Mode grants and contracts with a strong KT dimension e.g. KTPs, which together emphasize meeting today's research needs.

Publications

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Description This grant allows the project partners, including international partners, to explore jointly the use of novel optical fibre sensors for structural condition monitoring.
Exploitation Route The findings have been widely publicized through conferences, workshops and journals. The success of this collaboration has not just led to new projects being funded but also a wider acceptance of this novel optical approach by industry
Sectors Construction,Environment

 
Description The findings from this project has been widely publicized through publications, conferences and workshops. In addition, the success of this grant has led to some new projects funded by research councils
 
Description EU CleanSky scheme
Amount € 598,963 (EUR)
Funding ID 607584 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 06/2014 
End 05/2016
 
Description Standard grant
Amount £94,628 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/J500781/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2012 
End 05/2013
 
Description Standard grant
Amount £320,725 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H018247/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2010 
End 06/2013
 
Description Standard grant
Amount £88,042 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/I006214/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2011 
End 05/2012
 
Description UKIERI scheme
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 03/2016
 
Description Acreo 
Organisation Acreo
Country Sweden 
Sector Multiple 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Federal Inst for Materials Research BAM 
Organisation BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
Country Germany 
Sector Public 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Limerick University 
Organisation University of Limerick
Country Ireland 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Nanyang Technological University 
Organisation Nanyang Technological University
Country Singapore 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2007
 
Description National Taiwan University 
Organisation National Taiwan University
Country Taiwan, Province of China 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Public University of Navarra 
Organisation University of Navarra
Country Spain 
Sector Academic/University 
Start Year 2007
 
Description Sengenia Ltd 
Organisation Sengenia Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
Start Year 2007
 
Title Chloride sensor 
Description Design of a novel chloride sensor, which is able to detect the concentration of corrosive ions, chlorides, inside concrete and also to survive in a very high alkaline condition 
IP Reference WO2012098240 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2011
Licensed No
Impact This will make an impact on the construction industry by providing an early warning for maintenance and for repair
 
Title pH sensor 
Description This is the design of a high pH sensor allowing for concrete carbonation condition monitoring at an early stage 
IP Reference WO2012098242 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2011
Licensed No
Impact This will make an impact on the construction industry by identifying corrosion problems at an early stage to save costing for maintenance and repair.
 
Company Name Sengenia Ltd 
Description Sengenia Limited is a fibre optic sensor company, bringing ingenuity in sensing. Fibre optic sensors are revolutionising the world of sensing and monitoring through the recognition of their numerous advantages over alternative technologies. 
Year Established 2007 
Impact The company has been able to bridge the link between industry and the two academic organizations, City University London and Queen's University of Belfast, by promoting optical fibre sensor research at City to industry, in particular, to the construction sector.