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Smart Systems Research Group

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Lucas is a first-year PhD Researcher in the Smart Systems Group at the Institute of Sensors, Signals and Systems (ISSS). As a student of the CDT in Embedded Intelligence he is conducting research within the field of Prognostics and Health Management of Critical Assets.
In 2017 Lucas graduated from the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany as a Petroleum Engineer (Dipl. Ing.). Holding a 1st class degree his studies focused on drilling- and production-engineering tasks. During a term abroad at the National Chung Hsing University (NCHU), Taiwan and multiple internships he became acquainted with numerical modelling and data processing. Within the scope of his final thesis, Lucas developed an improved approach to forecast hydrate formation and a novel method to supress the formation of hydrates during gas expansion. Both aspects where implemented into a software application, enabling field engineers to evaluate on-site the problems hydrate formation may cause.
His PhD projects targets the key elements of Condition Based Monitoring (CBM) and Prognostics and Health Management (PHM). Various approaches are utilized and applied to the critical assets of the drill string, which is particularly exposed to a harsh environment making prognostics a decisive factor to allow for undisturbed operations.