University: Strathclyde

Course Director: Richard O’Leary


The course explores the problem space of the design of the transducer front end that is fundamental to ultrasonic NDE. The underlying theory of analytical modelling of the transducer is covered along with a suite of modelling tools, analytical and finite element, employed to exemplify the cause and effect relationships of a wide range of design parameters that facilitate tailoring the transducer to the imaging task. This is then extended to the array scenario that affords beam steering in a given load medium.

Using the modelling tools, students will be expected to implement two device designs: an immersion probe; and a linear array for contact inspection.


Oral presentation/examination where students pitch their designs, including full technical justification for each of the design choices and presentation of key performance metrics to support the final design rationale.