Prof. Tariq Sattar

Tariq Sattar

TWI Chair and Director of the London South Bank Innovation Centre

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    Engineering / Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professor Tariq Sattar's specialist areas include:

  • Control engineering
  • Robotics and Non-Destructive Testing
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Electronics engineering

He leads the teaching in Mechatronics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the School.

Tariq leads LSBU's Automated and Robotic Non-destructive Testing research, which has been at the forefront of the development of robotic Non Destructive Testing (NDT). Its work has won seven awards for industrial innovation from the Industrial Robot International Journal and the conference on Climbing and Walking Robots & their Supporting Technologies (CLAWAR). Its research was selected in 2010 by the Royal Society for their 350th anniversary celebrations and in 2011 by the Royal Academy of Engineering for the Big Bang Engineering Fair at the ICC Excel Centre in London.

Tariq was born in Nairobi, Kenya and moved to the UK to complete undergraduate study in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with postgraduate research into Adaptive Control Systems. In the past he has served as the Head of the Department of Electrical, Computer and Communications Engineering for three years.

He has led the development of twelve wall-climbing and submersible mobile robots for a variety of usages including:

  • the internal and in-service inspection of the walls and floors of oil and petrochemical storage tanks (ROBTANK) and tanks for floating production storage of oil (FPSO);
  • the inspection of fuselage and wings of aircraft for loose rivets and cracks (ROBAIR), the inspection of nozzle welds on the internal walls of nuclear pressure vessels (RIMINI);
  • NDT wall climbing robots (CROCELLS);
  • the inspection of wind turbine blades (CONCEPTS).

Tariq's research has been reported in invited book chapters for the American Society for Non-destructive Testing (ASNT) and the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, keynote conference speeches and in journal papers.

Most recent publications

Sahbel, A and Abbas, A and Sattar, TP System Design and Implementation of Wall Climbing Robot for Wind Turbine Blade Inspection. In: The International Conference on Innovative Trends in Computer Engineering (ITCE’2019), 02 February 2019 - 04 February 2019, Aswan, Egypt.

Dissanayake, M and Sattar, TP and Lowe, S and Pinson, I and Gan, T-H Adaptable legged-magnetic adhesion tracked wheel robotic platform for misaligned mooring chain climbing and inspection. Industrial Robot: An International Journal, DOI 10.1108/IR-04-2018-0074

Kimball, M and Amit, A and Gmerek, A and Collins, P and Wheateley, A and Shah, K and Liu, J and Dissanayake, M and Caroll, J and Plastropoulos, A and Karfakis, P and Virk, GS and Sattar, TP Mooring chain climbing robot for NDT inspection applications. In: Climbing and Walking Robots and Support Technologies for Mobile Machines CLAWAR 2018, 10 September 2018 - 12 September 2018, Panama City, Panama.

Anvo, R and Sattar, TP and Gan, T-H and Pinson, I Non-Destructive Testing Robots (NDTBOTS) for In-service Storage Tank Inspection. Journal of Mechanics Engineering and Automation, 8. DOI 10.17265/2159-5275/2018.03.001

Tanvir, F and Sattar, TP and Mba, D and Edwards, G and Eren, E and Lage, Y Identification of fatigue damage evolution in 316L stainless steel using Acoustic Emission and Digital Image Correlation. In: MATEC Web of Conference, 27 May 2018 - 01 June 2018, Poitiers Futuroscope, France.

Dissanayake, M and Sattar, TP and Gan, T-H and Pinson, I and Shehan, L Design and Prototype of a Magnetic Adhesion Tracked-Wheel Robotic Platform for Mooring Chain Inspection. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering, DOI 10.1177/0959651818774479

Khan, A and Memon, S and Sattar, TP Analysing integrated renewable energy and smart-grid systems to improve voltage quality and harmonic distortion losses at electric-vehicle charging stations. IEEE Access, DOI 10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2830187

Loukopoulos, P and Zolkiewski, G and Bennet, I and Sampath, S and Pilidis, P and Duan, F and Sattar, TP and Mba, D Reciprocating compressor prognostics of an instantaneous failure mode utilising temperature only measurements. Applied Acoustics, DOI 10.1016/j.apacoust.2017.12.003

Sattar, TP Non-Destructive Testing Robot Applications in Hazardous Environments. In: Robots in Society: Current Robotics, 8th November 2017, London South Bank University, London.

Khan, A and Memon, S and Sattar, TP Integration and management of solar energy for electric vehicle charging station. In: Solar World Congress 2017 - Innovation for the 100% renewable energy transformation, 29 October - 02 November 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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