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Prior to joining Cranfield University in September 1998 as a PhD student following an Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) Award, Dr Chehura previously researched on _the experimental study of heat flow in deep boreholes' drilled underground in a Copper Mine for geological applications as part of his honours Physics degree program at the University of Zimbabwe. Dr Chehura''s research between September 1998 and December 2001 was conducted as a PhD student, which led to the development of a novel in-line fibre optic laser Doppler velocimeter specifically for measuring the traditionally elusive on-axis component of velocity using a fibre Bragg grating based Fabry Perot tuneable filter. Between January 2002 and September 2004, Dr Chehura had his first appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Cranfield University, working on an EPSRC funded interdisciplinary research project titled _Monitoring and modelling tools for the study of strain development in curing composites', leading to the development of a novel optical fibre Bragg grating (FBG) sensor system capable of simultaneous measurement of longitudinal and transverse strain using FBGs fabricated in birefringent fibre. The success of this program has led to an EPSRC funded programme, via the Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC) and co-funded by Industrial partners, GKN Aerospace (UK), Oxford Instruments Nanoscience (UK), Siemens Magnet Technology (UK) and FiberLogix (UK). Dr Chehura worked on this programme as a research fellow with Cranfield University between October 2004 and October 2007. This is a multidisciplinary research project titled _Composite material processing using optical fibre grating sensors' involving the process monitoring of thick industrial composite structures during manufacturing through to monitoring the integrity of the finished product. Dr Chehura is currently working on a project sponsored by the EPSRC and Airbus Europe (New Technologies for active aircraft control) that will involve extensive collaborations with the company.
Dr Chehura has been undertaking collaborative scientific research with the National Institute of Applied Optics (INOA), Naples, Italy, and Wuhan University in China who offer complementary research skills. The results from these collaborations have been published in international conferences and journals. He is also involved in personal communications with many other overseas researchers, who offer complementary expertise. He serves as a referee for several international journals including, Optical Engineering, Optics communications, Express Polymer letters, Measurement Science and Technology, and Optics & Laser Technology. He is a member of the Institute of Physics (UK) and has also served as session chairman at the Institute''s national conferences on several occasions.
Dr Edmon Chehura is (or has formerly been) affiliated with Cranfield University and Department of Engineering Photonics, Cranfield University.
Dr Edmon Chehura works (or has worked) with Airbus Europe, Cranfield Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre, Fiber Optic Sensing Research Center, FiberLogix, GKN Aerospace, National Institute of Applied Optics, Oxford Instruments Nanoscience and Siemens Magnet Technology.
Areas of Expertise
- Fibre Brag Gratings
- Fibre Laser
- Long Period Gratings
- Optical fibre sensors
- Optical Fibre Instrumentation
- Sensor Instrumentation