The technology and applications of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) are wide-ranging and constantly evolving. Major fields of application include the aerospace industry, oil, gas and energy generation, chemical industries, space technology, rail transport, shipping and manufacturing. Other applications are constantly emerging and there are strong links with medical technology. New NDT techniques need to be developed to meet the changing needs of nano-technologies.
Careers in NDT often offer opportunities to travel and to work in new, high technology industries. UWTSD Swansea is the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre, just outside Swansea, and through this partnership has strong links with TWI, one of the UK's largest research organisations, with an international reputation. The Institute has received significant funding for equipment and has an active research group in NDT, with strong industrial links, offering opportunities for industrial links for the Part II project.
The programme is structured in two parts.
Part I (120 Credits) comprises the following taught modules:
NDT Systems, Standards and Applications
Thermal and Optical Methods
Part II (60 Credits)
A good honours degree in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. Candidates with other combinations of relevant qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply
For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/
NDT Research at UWTSD
Non destructive testing and evaluation is a key area of research UWTSD. The university is the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre at ECM2 Port Talbot operated by TWI. Funding from the Welsh Assembly Government and from the EPSRC has facilitated the acquisition of state of the art equipment, including ultrasonics, infrared thermography, computerised photoelastic stress measurement and scanning laser Doppler vibrometry. In addition to these resources, the university is well equipped with conventional optical microscopy and high speed digital video facilities. Knowledge transfer is also organised though the Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies (ASTUTE) project, which aims to enable the manufacturing industry in West Wales and the Valleys to grow by adopting more advanced technologies, and at the same time improve its sustainability by reducing its environmental impact etc.
Infrared Thermography: Infrared thermography is widely used as an inspection technique in condition monitoring and has a rapidly growing range of applications in non destructive testing, particularly applied to composite materials. The university has both pulse active and passive thermography facilities, the latter being equipped with a lock-in capability, enabling the camera to follow specified points on a moving object.
Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer: Multiple Beam Laser Doppler Vibrometer (MB-LDV) is an easy-to-use, non-contact instrument capable of simultaneously measuring vibrations at Multiple locations on a target, with extremely high sensitivity.
Photoelasticity : The Grey-field Polariscope System Components analyse photoelastic fringes which appears within a stressed specimen. A circular polarised light is passed through the object and the computer software DeltaVision measurers the amount of ellipticity to calculate the stress. The instrument can be used in transmission and in reflective mode.
Additional Facilities: In addition to the NDT facilities listed above, we also have a range of other test equipment, including a vibration rig, an accelerated weathering test rig and a ballistics test cell, with a temperature controlled target chamber, enabling impacts to be created at temperatures ranging from -10 ˚C to 50 ˚C.