The SPARCARB project was initiated on January 1st 2015, in a collaboration between University of Southampton (SOTON), UK (Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, Faculty of Physical Science and Engineering) and Global Lightning Protection Services A/S (GLPS) of Denmark.
The ultimate goal is to investigate and define solutions for enhanced lightning protection performance of wind turbine blades and Aircraft structural components utilising Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers (CFRP). The process followed will exploit the material properties, chemistry and composition of resin and fibres, advanced modelling of the behaviour of CFRP in terms of thermal, electrical and mechanical load and impact, and of damage mechanisms and failure modes of CFRP panels used for wind turbine blades.
The key research will be conducted by four Early Stage
Researchers (ESRs), who all would pursue the PhD degree from University of
Southampton by working on this particular project. To qualify for the European
Industrial Doctorate, and to comply with the requirements of the Marie
Sklodowska-Curie ITN actions program, 18 months of their training and research
is conducted at the University, 15 months will be conducted at the non-academic
partner GLPS, and the remaining 3 months of the total of 36months are occupied
by industrial secondments at one or more of our partner organisations.
SPARCARB is funded by the European Commision:
MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS
Innovative Training Networks (ITN)
The team of supervisors - collectively termed as The General Assembly - consist of research staff from both Univeristy of Southampton and Global Lightning Protection Services A/S.
Professor Ole Thybo Thomsen, MSc. PhD
Ole Thybo Thomsen is Professor of Structures and Materials at the University of Southampton. His specialties include experimental, theoretical and computational mechanics with special focus on design, characterization and evaluation of lightweight structures made of composite and sandwich materials as well as light metal alloys. His main field of research concerns the modelling and experimental characterization of lightweight composite and sandwich materials and structures subjected to static, fatigue and dynamic loading conditions.Prof. Ole Tybo Thomsen is the Training Manager, of SPARCARB and the main supervisor of ESR1 and ESR4.
Professor Janice Barton, BSc, PhD, CPhys, CEng
Janice Dulieu-Barton is a Professor of Experimental Mechanics in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. She received her PhD from the University of Manchester in 1993 where she started her research on the topic now known as ‘Thermoelastic stress analysis’. She has published around 300 papers with more than 100 in archival journals. Janice’s expertise is in imaging for data rich materials characterisations and assessments of structural performance, with a focus on lightweight structural design particularly composite structures. She has developed novel approaches in experimental mechanics, focusing on the development of infra-red imaging recently covering high speed data capture, new approaches to residual stress analysis and strain-based NDE. Janice is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Society for Experimental Mechanics and the British Society for Strain Measurement.
Prof. Janice Barton is co supervisor of ESR1 and ESR4.
Dr. Igor Golosnoy, MSc, PhD
Igor Golosnoy is an Associate Professor at the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Research Group, Faculty of Physical Sciences & Engineering, University of Southampton. He received his MSc degree in applied mathematics and physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1992 and the PhD degree in mathematics and physics from the Institute for Mathematical Modelling in 1995. Dr Golosnoy’s research interests include numerical modelling of various coupled electrical, thermal and mechanical phenomena with emphasis on free and moving boundaries problems: gaseous discharges (atmospheric and space plasmas), thermal and mechanical phenomena in composites (lightning protection), eddy currents in electrical machines, gas flow and heat exchange in fibre network materials; heat transfer, sintering and residual stresses in various coatings, transient liquid phase bonding of fibres, and laser drilling and surface modification of metals and alloys.
Dr. Thomas Andritsch, Dipl.-Ing., PhD
Thomas Andritsch is working as a Lecturer at the University of Southampton. His main research interest lies in the multi-disciplinary field of nanotechnology, specifically nanostructured insulation materials for use in high voltage applications. Albeit most of his work has been on solid dielectrics, especially epoxy, he is also working on liquid insulation materials. His specific research areas are in: design of polymer based nanostructured materials and functional materials, investigating the material response predominantly via space charge measurement and dielectric spectroscopy.Dr. Thomas Andritsch, main supervisor of ESR3
Dr. Lisa Carloni, MPhys, PhD
Lisa Carloni is currently working at the Simulation/Physical Modelling group of GLPS, working on projects on simulation of lightning strikes to wind turbines, evaluation of lightning protection systems, performing risk assessment on wind turbines and executing and evaluating lightning tests in the GLPS lightning lab.
During her PhD at Theoretical High Energy Physics in Lund University, she worked on novel theories about the Higgs particle that was just discovered at LHC, in CERN, being involved in the modeling and the statistical analysis of simulated data generated by use/development/implementation of Monte Carlo tools. Her current specialties involve: modeling, lightning, wind turbines, electrical engineereing, statistical data analysis, Monte Carlo simulations.
Dr. Lisa Carloni is co supervisor of ESR1-4
Dr. Søren Find Madsen, MSc, PhD
Søren Find Madsen is Chief Technology Officer of GLPS, overall responsible for all research activities as the SPARCARB. With a solid background in lightning protection and wind turbines, he has been involved in numerous projects involving numerical modeling of lightning related phenomena, and high voltage and high current testing of subsystems and full vehicles. Søren is - secretary of the maintenance group MT24 with IEC 61400-24, and the CIGRE working group C4.36.