Live Webinar "There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in”

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During this webinar we'll share the latest updates regarding the detection and monitoring of cracks on welds of offshore structures.

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The results that will be shared on the detection and monitoring of cracks on welds of offshore structures during their lifetime. This research is part of the BOPTIC project aiming at setting a major step forward in the development of a structural health monitoring system for the Balance of Plant components of an offshore windfarm using optical sensor technologies.

The following research and industry experts will share their views on the topic:


Function: NDT Expert & Project Engineer

Alfredo Lamberti works as NDT expert and Project Manager at Engie Laborelec. He holds a master’s degree in Aerospace and Astronautic Engineering from University of Naples "Federico II" and a PhD in Engineering Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. As a researcher for the VUB, he worked, among other things, on fiber optic sensors for embedding in composite materials; on composite materials applied in the aerospace, automotive and wind energy sectors; on structural health monitoring techniques. During his postdoctoral activity at Ghent University, he worked, among other things, on vibration based and thermographic NDT methodologies and on micro and nano sensors embedded in composite materials. Currently he is involved in several international projects exploring advanced NDT technologies for applications in the energy, windpower and space sectors, especially in robotized, non contact and multiphysics NDT inspection methods targeted at non-conventional materials such as those used in additive manufacturing. Alfredo also has several years’ experience as a trainer, both in Europe and the US.


Function: Senior Team Leader Large Scale Testing

Jeroen Van Wittenberghe obtained his PhD in 2011 at Ghent University on the fatigue behaviour of threaded pipe connections using a combined numerical and experimental approach. After that he joined OCAS which is an advanced research center active in metal and steel research. Since 2014 he is responsible for all large-scale testing activities at OCAS including structural integrity testing and sealability of critical components as well as large-scale resonant fatigue testing of welded structures as used in offshore wind applications.

Dr. Eng. GEERT LUYCKX – Comm&Sens (Linkedin)

Function : Co-founder & Managing Associate

Dr. ir. G. Luyckx obtained his PhD degree in 2009 at Ghent University on the topic of multi-axial strain monitoring of composite materials by using optical Fiber Bragg gating sensors. In 2012 he co-founded Com&Sens which specializes itself in the application of optical fiber sensor technology to monitor (composite) constructions. During the past decade Com&Sens successfully applied the FBG technology from the lab to industry. As the installation portfolio is growing more and more time and focus is spend on automated data analysis.

Sergei Mikhailov – VUB, B-PHOT (Linkedin)

Sergei Mikhailov is a PhD student at B-PHOT and an Early Stage Researcher in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network FINESSE. He obtained his M.Sc. in Technical Physics in 2016 at SPbPU (St. Petersburg, Russia). At B-PHOT Sergei works under the supervision of Prof. Francis Berghmans and Prof. Thomas Geernaert. His research is focused on the development of photonic crystal fibers for distributed pressure sensing.

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