University: Bristol Course Director: Anthony Croxford and Bruce Drinkwater


The primary aim of this unit is to teach students how to extract knowledge from the significant quantities of data that modern NDE practitioners are presented with. 

This unit provides students with exposure to fundamental data from the simple Ultrasonic A-scan to x-ray images and Ultrasonic array images. The unit explores how information about defects such as their presence and their size and type is extracted from NDE data. This process will be placed in a general context with details about the specifics relating to the major NDE modalities.  


The units summative assessment consists of a 5000 word essay on the industrial need for imaging and how it is carried out. This will consider how a specific inspection may be designed to address a specific NDE need. Essentially setting a specific inspection problem and instructing the students to explain and demonstrate how this inspection could be designed, the industrial context and the strengths and weaknesses of the designed inspection. There will be a formative assessment based on a lecture given by an industrial practitioner, whereby students are talked through a similar exercise to the summative assessment and given feedback on their answers.