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Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing (UNDT)

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UNDT research group

The Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing (UNDT) group aim to undertake internationally leading research into ultrasonics with a particular focus on non-destructive testing (NDT) applications.

Non-destructive evaluation concerns the inspection, characterisation and quantification of the ‘health’ of engineering structures. The team at Bristol focus on a range of sonic and ultrasonic techniques. 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.

Current activity is in five areas :

  • Array imaging
  • Materials characterisation incluing nonlinear ultrasound
  • Non-destructive testing of composites
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Ultrasonic particle manipulation

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 UK industrial players in the NDT sector include Rolls-Royce, Airbus, BAE Systems, EDF, Eon, RWE, Serco, BP and Shell.

The group are the founding academic members of the UK Research Centre in NDE (RCNDE) and are also involved with the Institute of Physics Physical Acoustics Group.

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