Design Team of the Year – Winners

We are delighted to be announced as ‘Design Team of the Year’ Winners at the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs).

The British Engineering Excellence Awards celebrate the best of design engineering in the UK. For the Design Team of the Year award, nominees were asked to demonstrate the successful use of teamwork in the creation of an engineering or electronic product or system, as well as those combining both elements.

Precision Acoustics was shortlisted for their work on Project reDRESS – The collaborative project, between Precision Acoustics, Ionix Advanced Technologies, TWI and University of Sheffield (UoS), worked towards developing and manufacturing radiation resilient ultrasonic sensors (reDRESS).

The goal of the reDRESS project was to construct a reliable ultrasonic testing sensor capable of operating at 350°C for defined periods, whilst exposed to high levels of gamma and neutron radiation. The result allows engineers to undertake an ultrasonic inspection close to the core of a nuclear reactor – An extremely hot (> 350°C) environment with high radiation levels.

For our part of the project, we designed a radiation resilient ultrasonic transducer range (RRUT) based around piezopolymer sensing elements. Designed for ambient temperature inspection and NDT applications in high radiation environments, the RRUT transducers have been tested up to a cumulative Gamma dose of 9.5 MGy with almost no change in performance up to doses of 2 MGy.

Gary Livingstone, Managing Director, commenting on their win, “Well done to our amazing team at Precision Acoustics. This is a fantastic achievement for all those involved in the project”.