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Cardiff University (Cardiff School of Engineering)

Address: Queens Buildings, The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
URL: http://www.engin.cf.ac.uk

Cardiff is one of Britain’s major teaching and research universities. Located in the centre of the capital city of Wales, it has an international reputation for the quality of its work which attracts staff and students from around the world. The School of Engineering was ranked among the top ten combined engineering schools in the UK in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008. We approach research as a collaborative and innovative enterprise, involving amongst others, industrial partners, research organisations and other universities. Within the School, key research themes including Aerospace, Digital Economy, Magnetics, Materials and Nanoscience and our seven multidisciplinary research institutes including Energy and Materials Devices and Systems provide a strong framework to sustain our dynamic leading edge research culture. The School has a strong background in thermoelectrics and measurement techniques for the electrical and thermal transport properties of semiconductors, leading to the development of energy harvesters for applications such as structural health monitoring.

Aleksander Kural

Position: PhD student

In my PhD I am developing a wireless ultrasonic power transmission method to be used in an aircraft structural health monitoring system. In this method a vibration generator will be positioned near an existing electric power line on the aircraft. It will generate ultrasonic plate waves (also known as Lamb waves) that will propagate through plates forming the aircraft structure. Finally vibration receivers located near sensors will convert the incoming vibration into electricity needed by the sensors.
My previous experience includes degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise as well as work at a large automotive parts supplier as a product engineer developing car shock absorbers.

Dr Carol Featherston

Position: Senior Lecturer, Leader Aerospace Research Theme
URL: www.engin.cf.ac.uk/whoswho/
E-Mail: FeatherstonCA [AT] cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 02920 875328

Dr Featherston works in the design, optimisation, testing and structural health monitoring of lightweight structures. She has a particular interest in energy harvesting for structural health monitoring in aircraft.

Relevant Publications
Dr Carol Featherston, Karen Holford, Greg Waring (Cardiff University), (2009) Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Systems in Aircraft. In: Key Engineering Materials, 413-414, 487-494 .

Dr Rhys Pullin

Position: Lecturer in Performance Engineering
E-Mail: pullinr [AT] cardiff.ac.uk

Gao Min

Position: Lecturer
E-Mail: min [AT] cf.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 20875034

Gao Min leads research activities at the Thermoelectric Laboratory, School of Engineering, Cardiff University. He has more than 20 years experience in thermoelectric research covering fabrication and characterisaion of thermoelectric materials and devices for energy harvesting applications, such as vehicle waste heat recovery from exhaust to improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emission and thin-film TE converter from body heat for powering biosensors.

Karen Holford

Position: Professor
URL: www.acousticemission.net
E-Mail: holford [AT] cf.ac.uk
Telephone: 029 20874823

Relevant Publications
Dr Carol Featherston, Karen Holford, Greg Waring (Cardiff University), (2009) Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting for Wireless Sensor Systems in Aircraft. In: Key Engineering Materials, 413-414, 487-494 .

Karthik Thangaraj

Position: PhD- Student
E-Mail: ThangarajK [AT] cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: 07947229710

Matthew Pearson

Position: PhD Student
E-Mail: pearsonmr [AT] cardiff.ac.uk

Sian Armstrong

Position: Lecturer
E-Mail: armstrongs2 [AT] cf.ac.uk

Lecturer in Digital Electronics and embedded systems with research in WSN and BSN.

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