New advanced ultrasonic NDT training course available


IMechE Engineering Training Solutions (ETS) is launching a new course for critical defect sizing using ultrasonic phased array, to be delivered at the Engineering Training Centre in Sheffield, UK, with course dates set to be available from this summer.

The course will be of interest to those working in the power generation industries, such as oil & gas and nuclear, as well as engineers who are responsible for testing pressure vessels, pipework and heavy industrial welds. This will also help organisations to comply with BS EN 7910 safety assessments for in-service inspection, as well as being a key technology for non-invasive

Successful completion of the course and examination will provide technicians with the certified ability to design inspections and analyse data with defect size reporting criteria. It will also prove their ability to size defects to a tolerance level corresponding to the structural integrity standard
BS EN 7910.

The course will cover:
  • Design of phased array inspection procedures, which enable defect sizing to be performed
  • Design of focal laws to generate appropriate focused phased array techniques for defect sizing
  • Discussion of relevant normative documentation, including BS and EN standards
  • Design of appropriate inspection scanning sensitivity for defect sizing
  • Discussion and practical training in echo-dynamic patterns and how to use them appropriately for defect sizing
  • Practical defect sizing on a variety of weldments
  • Calculation of beam widths and data collection resolution.

Employer-based certification that conforms to the SNT-TC-1A standard will be available.

The course has been developed with the help of renowned advanced ultrasonic testing (UT) and non-destructive testing (NDT) specialist Colin Bird.

With over 35 years of experience in NDT, Colin has held various roles within industry, working mainly in the nuclear industry. Since 1996, he has specialised in the design and application of specialised phased array applications. Colin created a training examination in phased array application in 1997 for critical defect sizing. This was then adapted to the current Level 2 and 3 phased array courses.

Colin sat on the CSWIP examination body for three years, was part of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) phased array committee and was one of the editors of the first phased array textbooks. He is also on the structural integrity standard committee, BS EN 7910 Annex T, using NDT results for structural integrity.

Colin has taught phased array technology around the world for over 20 years and has now joined the IMechE Engineering Training Solutions team in a training and consultancy capacity.