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Condition Monitoring and NDT - 1 Dec, Oxford

NDT, NDE and Condition Monitoring

The acronyms NDT (non-destructive testing), NDE (non-destructive evaluation) and CM (condition monitoring) are just a few of the terms that have evolved in the industries where the validation of highly critical materials and components is essential.

However, how can these techniques, devised for very specific materials and processes in the aerospace and similar sectors, be made available to other sectors? This is the question being asked by a group of KTNs and an industry group, all of which have interests in application or technology. To help reveal the answers, and to connect new entrants to the industry and research base, an event is being held on the 1stDecember, 2011 in Oxford.

About the Event

There will be a showcase for several distinct technologies, as well as for several different applications, with plenty of time for newbies to get to know the technologists as well as the supporting structures, like the professional bodies that work in this space. 

So, if you have a problem in your process or product, or a worry about a new material, or even if you think that it would be of value to discover how the accreditation system for engineers could be a learning experience for you, come along.

Technical note for non-technical people (an overview written from the viewpoint of a non-expert).

Who would take a flight if the blades in the jet engine had not been checked out under stringent conditions in the lab before assembly, a so-called Non-Destructive Test?Furthermore, the operators and builders are keen to discover how the components are changing as time passes, so perform a so-called Non-Destructive Evaluation in flight or on the ground.

To take this one step further, the information in this NDE activity can be used alongside theoretical models of Structural Integrity to flag up when the engine should be taken out of service (before something breaks).

Finally, the term Condition Monitoring seems to be used to describe all of the above , and is often used in the Civil Engineering sector.

Effective condition monitoring in the transport industry can mean that essential plant and equipment is only removed from operation when it needs to be serviced.  This reduces cost and knock-on effects associated with unanticipated breakdowns.

View the programme for the event on the 1st Dec here, and email jan.pearson@materials.ox.ac.uk to reserve your place.

Thanks to Shelley Sharma, ESPKTN for this article

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