Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing

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The Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing (UNDT) group aim to undertake internationally leading research into the fundamentals and applications of ultrasonics.


The group has a long history of researching the characterisation and quantification of the ‘health’ of engineering structures, a field known as Non- Destructive Testing. In this application area, our research encompasses the development of new models of wave interactions, the use of arrays to image the interior of components and, in close collaboration with industry, practical application and technology transfer. The group also has a major research theme on acoustic radiation force devices. This research includes acoustic levitation as well as the design of microscale devices for the manipulation of cells in biomedical applications.

A study of the fundamental science and practical applications of ultrasound.

Overall, the aim of the group is to focus on underpinning engineering science and undertake targeted projects to progress various technologies further up the technology readiness scale. Collaboration with major industry includes Rolls-Royce, Airbus, BAE Systems, EDF, Hitachi, AMEC Foster Wheeler, BP and Shell.

The group lead two of the four major research themes of the UK Research Centre in NDE (RCNDE) and also have strong links with the Institute of Physics Physical Acoustics Group and the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.

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