University: Nottingham Course Director: Steve Sharples and Matt Clark
The module includes the basic theory and practical techniques associated with Signal Processing as it might be applied to problems in Non-Destructive Evaluation. The content has been specifically designed and ordered to enable the EngD students to learn rapidly and to apply the techniques to practical problems from the beginning of the delivery. The unit will consist of five, 3-hour lectures and four, 3-hour practical sessions over one week of intensive teaching.
The aims are to inculcate intuitive ability in relation to signals and their manipulation. The module will introduce students to the theoretical background to digital signal processing; it will nurture and develop students’ practical skills in the analysis and manipulation of real signals in the context of non-destructive evaluation. The impact of choice of signal path components (cables, connectors, filters) and their relationship with instrumentation will be explored, particularly with respect to signal integrity and noise.
There will be three pieces of coursework. Coursework one accounts for 50% of your overall mark and consists of short exercises in a computing laboratory done during the week-long course (report between 5 and 10 pages). Coursework two accounts for 25% of your overall mark and consists of a detailed report prepared on an application of NDE (report between 2 and 5 pages). Coursework three accounts for 25% of your overall mark and consists of a detailed report prepared on an application of NDE (report between 2 and 5 pages).