• embedded wireless sensing

    Embedded Wireless Sensing

  • embedded wireless sensing
  • embedded wireless sensing
  • embedded wireless sensing
  • embedded wireless sensing
  • embedded wireless sensing

About Us

Inductosense has developed proprietary wireless sensors that can be permanently embedded into structures or products to detect defects or measure thickness. The technology can be applied to a range of markets reducing the overall costs of inspecting structures and making inspection quicker and easier. It can also be applied to new markets and applications that are not accessible to existing ultrasonic non-destructive testing systems. Inductosense is a spin-out from the University of Bristol based on leading research from the Ultrasonics and Non Destructive Testing research group.

Technology

WAND sensorsThe Wireless And Non-Destructive (WAND) system is an innovative approach to ultrasonic non-destructive inspection. It enables fast, cost-effective and reliable inspection of structures and products. The WAND system consists of a thin embeddable ultrasonic sensor and a measurement probe that remotely couples to the sensor to provide the power and take the measurement. The sensor does not contain wires or a battery and can therefore be permanently attached to, or embedded into, a structure. The system can be used to detect defects (eg. across a wind turbine blade), or to measure thickness (eg. monitor pipe corrosion).

 

The patent pending WAND sensors can be fixed to a structure under a layer of material (such as insulation, cladding, coating) and the inspection performed in seconds by bringing the probe nearby. This alleviates the need to remove the layer in order to perform the inspection, enables unskilled inspection and reduces inspection time and cost. The sensors can also be embedded into, or fixed to the underside of, structures (eg a composite car wheel). The WAND technology enables companies to supply products with in-built sensors for reliable through-life inspection.

Benefits:

  • Eliminates need to remove cladding from a structure in order to perform an inspection – saves cost and time.
  • Sensors do not require batteries or need to be wired up.
  • Can be embedded into a structure or product.
  • Numerous sensors can be permanently fixed across a structure cost effectively.
  • No need for a skilled operator, couplant or accurate alignment.
  • Fast and reliable – measurement can be taken in less than a second.

Applications

WAND sensors

Inspection under a layer of insulation

The WAND sensors can be embedded underneath insulation on a structure. A conventional ultrasonic NDT measurement can then be performed, by an unskilled operator, through the insulation without the need to remove it saving the overall time and cost of inspection.


Inspection of large structures

Inspection of large structures

The WAND sensor has a thin profile, small foot print and is passive and wireless. It can be permanently fixed to the inside a structure (eg turbine blade) and the NDT measurement taken outside the structure. This can facilitae NDT during manufacture and enables through life inspection. A number of sensors can also be fixed across the structure cost effectively.


Composite repairs

Composite patches are often used to repair and reinforce damage on structures. Due to poor consolidation on the repaired area it is usually not possible to inspect the underlying structure. The WAND sensor can be embedded underneath a composite patch enabling the inspection to be performed on the repaired area.


Remote inspection

Remote inspection

Performing NDT measurements on large structures or difficult to reach structures can require significant skilled manpower, equipment and time. Once the WAND sensor is fixed to a structure, the measurement can be made remotely with the WAND probe fitted to a unmanned vehicle.


Integrated NDT into products

Integrated NDT into products

The passive WAND sensors are thin and lightweight and can be permanently embedded into a product during manufacture. This enables an unskilled NDT inspection to be performed throughout the lifetime of the product.

The Team

 

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Dr. Chenghuan Zhong (Bamboo)

CTO and Founder

Bamboo is leading the technical development of the embedded sensor technology which he developed over the course of his PhD and post-doctoral research.

Dr. Anthony Croxford

Dr. Anthony Croxford

CSO and Founder

Anthony is a reader at the University of Bristol and worked on the development of the embedded sensor technology. He is a member of the British Institute for NDT technical committee.


Prof. Paul Wilcox

Prof. Paul Wilcox

Advisor and Founder

Paul is a professor at the University of Bristol and a recognized expert in NDT. He has previous experience of working in spinout companies and commercialisation of NDT technology.

Dr. Matt Butcher

Dr. Matt Butcher

CEO

Matt has extensive experience in developing early stage companies and has undertaken commercial roles and directorships in a variety of engineering companies. 


Chris Brill

Chris Brill

Chairman

Chris is a successful entrepreneur who has successfully grown three start-ups in to multi-million pound business and won several fast growth awards including the Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 and Sunday Times Techtrack 100 winner.

Dr. Aidong Xu

Dr. Aidong Xu

Director

Aidong is an IP Group business manager specialising in commercialisation of university IP. He has over 25 years’ experience in engineering, technical marketing, technology investment and consultancy in diverse industries.

News

29.10.15

Government funding boost for Inductosense

Inductosense has received a £489,243 funding boost from the Government. It is one of the first businesses in the UK to secure funding through a new programme designed to move ideas and innovation out of universities and into the marketplace.
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Contact Us

inductosense

Inductosense Ltd

SETsquared Business Acceleration Centre

Engine Shed, Station Approach

Bristol, BS1 6QH

United Kingdom

E-mail info@inductosense.com