Robotics & Autonomous Systems

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Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub

The Catapult has appointed the University of Strathclyde and the University of Manchester to form the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub.

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Automation & Engineering Solutions

Find out more about our work in robotics, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

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Stay Current

Dig deeper into the biggest issues facing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy with our series of Analysis & Insight papers.

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Live Innovation Opportunities

There are a number of programmes identifying the key technology innovation challenges faced by the offshore renewables industry. Solving these challenges will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. Visit our Live Innovation Opportunities page to find out if your technology has the answer.

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Dr Kirsten Dyer

Dr Kirsten Dyer

Senior Research Materials Engineer

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Dr Kirsten Dyer is the Senior Research Materials Engineer who responsible for all materials related research for ORE Catapult and specialises in wind turbine blade erosion. She is technically responsible for the rain erosion test rig for commercial customer testing, and for all rain erosion research projects. EU research projects include Demowind ODB and SME Instrument LEP4BLADES for LEP development. There have been numerous UK projects where she has supported LEP development. Additionally, she has supported IUK EROSCANS looking at how to extract strain information in the coatings from droplet impact during rain testing.

She is also the Coordinator for BLEER, a JIP collaboration between coatings manufacturers and academia, driving forward knowledge on the connection between fundamental material properties and rain erosion performance, development of the accelerated rain erosion test method to ensure acceleration methods do not induce unrealistic damage mechanisms, and validation of the accelerated test to the wind turbine. This research is supported by the Wind Blade Research Hub (WBRH), a collaboration between ORE and Bristol University.

She previously worked for Siemens Gamesa on wind turbines, and BAE Systems on civil and military aircraft supporting material qualification and production activities, mainly on non-metallic materials. She has a degree and PhD in Materials Engineering from the University of Wales Swansea.

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