Ultrasonic Inspection

10 Day Course (80 hours)

Course Description

This 80 hour course covers all theoretical aspects of the ultrasonic method including application skills, defect sizing, immersion techniques and calibration. It is supported by providing 50 per cent practical sessions and lectures on the latest developments.

Course Content

Aerospace product technology
Introduction to ultrasonic inspection
Generation and detection of ultrasonic energy
Propagation of ultrasonic waves in material
Sound distribution from crystals
Behaviour of ultrasound at materials interfaces
Probe design operating frequency and identification
Ultrasonic flaw detector principles
Practical applications
Immersion techniques
Defect sizing
The writing of reports and development of procedures
Calibration and performance checking of equipment
Other ultrasonic testing methods and latest developments

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this seminar the student should be able to:

  1. Describe the basic principles of the ultrasonic test method.
  2. List several applications of the ultrasonic test method.
  3. List the types of discontinuities detected with the ultrasonic test method.
  4. Describe the cause and effect of various types of discontinuities.
  5. Describe the operational steps in the ultrasonic test method and understand the importance of each step.
  6. Perform ultrasonic test method, following a written procedure.
  7. Interpret and evaluate the test results with respect to the applicable standards.
  8. Complete the required test reports, and prepare a clear and concise written instruction (Procedure).
  9. Locate defects in various aircraft materials, components and structures with a high probability of detection.
  10. Pass the end of course test.

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