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Wave-Based NDT Methods

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6 weeks
750 USD
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Course description

Wave-Based NDT Methods

Wave-based NDT methods allow for reliable and rapid evaluation of civil engineering infrastructure. These methods are particularly useful in long-range inspection; for example, in pipelines, where the wave-based NDT can provide data on hundreds of meters of piping in a matter of seconds.

In this course, students will learn about wave-based NDT methods, including ultrasonic inspection, acoustic emission, resonant frequency testing, and electromechanical impedance testing. The topics include piezoelectric effect, basic principles of various wave-based NDT methods, and their associated data acquisition.

The course also includes case studies so students can apply the knowledge to field inspection or monitoring of materials and structures.

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  • Virtual Classroom
  • Online
  • English

Who should attend?


Students interested in taking Wave-Based NDT Methods should successfully complete the edX course, Fundamentals of Non-Destructive Testing, before registering.

Training content

Week 1:

  • Introduction to Piezoelectricity
  • Fundamentals of Piezoelectricity
  • Piezoelectric Characterization
  • Piezoelectric Transducer
  • Types of Piezoelectric Transducers
  • Example Piezoelectric Transducer Fabrication

Week 2:

  • Basic Principles of Ultrasound
  • Measurement Techniques of Ultrasonic Inspection
  • Couplant Gel
  • Signal Processing & Visualization
  • Ultrasonic NDT in Concrete Testing

Week 3:

  • Acoustic Emission Basic Principle
  • AE Inspection Equipment
  • AE Signal Features
  • AE Inspection Applications

Week 4:

  • Resonant Frequency Testing Principle
  • RF Inspection Equipment
  • Case Studies

Week 5:

  • Electromechanical Impedance (EMI) Testing Methods
  • EMI Spectrum
  • EMI Data Processing
  • EMI Applications
  • EMI Case Study

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Purdue University, a partner institute of EdX.

2-3 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$750
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • Explain the basic principles of various wave-based NDT techniques
  • Interpret the obtained data of wave-based NDT methods
  • Evaluate the material and structure conditions and integrity based on wave-based NDT methods
  • Report the NDT testing results in both oral and written format following the provided guidelines

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