SILA has a long-term collaboration with many oversee and UK's academic institutions and private companies. This latter has been a priority for our research. We aim to tackle real problems that are limiting the productivity and competitiveness of our partners. However, thanks to this experience and collaboration we are able to also perform basic research on structural integrity and material modelling.
EDF Energy previous British Energy, is one of the SILA's oldest industrial partner. SILA provided several solutions to different assessment problems including shakedown limits calculation, creep rupture assessment, creep and fatigue assessment of welds. SILA is constantly collaborating with EDF Energy to improve the UK's R5 procedure, by implementing the LMMF and developing user friendly Graphical User Interface.
Siemens Turbomachinery is the second most important SILA's partner. During a 4 year project we investigated successfully the use of direct methods on crack initiation and growth, in super-nikel alloy highly constrained specimens.
SILA's investigated new numerical procedure for the accurate calculation of the ratchet limit for complex cyclic load histories. The results obtained during a 4 year project have been recognised as crucial for the assessment of nuclear components of the Royal Navy PWRs.
SILA has a very long collaboration with the University of Leicester on the development of the Linear Matching Method. This collaboration initiated more than 10 years ago between Professor Alan Ponter and Dr Haofeng Chen.
Tsinghua University is one of the most prestigious university in China and in the world. SILA initiated a long term collaboration with Professor Yinghua Liu and his team on the development of numerical procedure for creep fatigue structural assessment. An intense exchange program of PhD students and researchers has been recently started.
East China University of Science and Technology has a solid and internationally recognized heritage on high temperature research, including creep, creep-fatigue and crack growth testing. SILA and ECUST are working together to improve the current practice in assessing structures operating at high temperature and under cyclic load. The collaboration include the exchange of research staff and students between the two universities.