Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

University of Wales Trinity Saint David the United Kingdom

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About Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation at University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Course Overview

Careers in NDT often offer opportunities to travel and to work in new, high technology industries. The series of taught modules that form part one of the course will develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of non-destructive testing technologies. The University has access to a range of state-of-the-art equipment and technologies including: Infrared Thermography; Ultrasonics; Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer; a ballistics testing cell and, DeltaVision computer software for the measurement of photoelasticity. Practical tasks undertaken with these facilities will enable you to develop your skills in applying a variety of testing and measurement techniques and critically examining the results.

Upon the successful completion of 120 credits in part one, you will be required to undertake an independent research project worth 60 credits. Your dissertation supervisor will be available to you to help guide you through the independent research phase.

Collaboration and Knowledge Transfer

Non Destructive Testing (NDT) and evaluation is a key area of research for UWTSD Swansea, where we are the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre in Port Talbot (just outside Swansea), operated by TWI, a global leader in technology engineering and one of the UK's largest research organisations, with an international reputation. This partnership offers excellent opportunities to our students, providing industrial links relevant to the Part 2 project. Furthermore, funding from the Welsh Government and from the EPSRC has facilitated the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment. Other links with industry include: Knauf Insulation; Silverwing UK Ltd; Oceaneering Inspection Services; Team Precision Pipeline Assembllies; Cyden; and, Rikoset.

UWTSD Swansea is the lead academic partner in the NDT Validation Centre, just outside Swansea, and through this partnership has strong links with TWI, one of the UK's largest research organisations, with an international reputation. The Institute has received significant funding for equipment and has an active research group in NDT,

Key Features

"The NDT industry involves every branch of engineering and impinges on our daily lives in more ways than you can think of. The industry is full of different kinds of people and that's part
of its uniqueness." - Dr Peter Charlton, Senior Research Fellow, Non-Destructive Testing.

Read the full interview with Dr Charlton here


Programme Structure

The programme is structured in two parts.

Part I (120 Credits) comprises the following taught modules:

  • Research Methods
  • NDT Systems, Standards and Applications
  • Materials
  • Ultrasonic Methods
  • Radiographic Methods
  • Electromagnetic Methods
  • Thermal and Optical Methods

Part II (60 Credits)

  • Major Project

Course Tutor(s)

  • Professor Peter Christopher Charlton (Programme Director)
  • Dr Owen Williams (Radiographic Methods)
  • Dr Gregory Thomas Owen (Materials)
  • Dr Nicola J. Whitehead (Research Methods)
  • Dr Arnaud Marotin (Optical & IR Methods)

Further Information

Contact Details

Dr Peter Charlton

Faculty of Architetecture, Computing and Engineering
Mount Pleasant,
Swansea SA1 6ED

Phone: 01792 481000
Extn: 4412

Related Courses

Students have progressed onto the MSc Non-Destructive Testing programme from the following UWTSD courses:

  • BEng Computer Systems and Electronics
  • BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering - MEng | BEng
  • Mechanical Engineering - MEng | BEng
  • BEng Automotive Engineering
  • BEng Motorcycle Engineering
  • Motorsport Engineering - BSc | HND
  • BEng Motorsport Engineering

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Entry requirements

Entry Criteria

A good honours degree in an appropriate engineering or science discipline. Candidates with other combinations of relevant qualifications and experience are also encouraged to apply.

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