Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing
The Ultrasonics and Non-Destructive Testing (UNDT) research group is led by Professor Bruce Drinkwater and consists of a further four core members of academic staff and a dedicated team of 25 PhD/EngD students and research assistants.
The UNDT group undertake internationally leading research into the fundamentals and applications of ultrasonics. At any point in time, we have a diverse range of projects underway and are always open to new ideas and collaborations. Currently we are particularly active in the following areas:
- Array imaging;
- Materials characterisation (e.g. nonlinear ultrasonics);
- NDT of composites;
- Structural health monitoring;
- Ultrasonic particle manipulation (i.e. acoustic radiation force devices).
Our philosophy is to undertake a balance of fundamental engineering science ultrasonics research alongside more applied research. We see this mix of fundamental and applied as incredibly valuable and our aim is to see selected topics through from conception to industrial uptake. This means that most of our projects are collaborative, sometimes with industry and sometimes with other university groups.