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Nondestructive Evaluation of Structures and Materials

AAE55200

Spring 2018

Days/Time: MWF / 9:30-10:20 am
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
Overview the concepts, principles, and methods employed for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of structures and materials. While emphasis is on inspection methods employed to ensure structural integrity of aerospace vehicles, course content has general application to a broad class of high performance structures. Major NDE techniques covered include X-rays, ultrasonics, eddy currents, penetrants, magnetic flux, visual/optical, acoustic emission, and thermal imaging methods. Further topics such as damage-tolerant design, retirement-for-cause, factors affecting NDE reliability, and structural

Description:
This offering of the course will be taught using lecture recordings captured live during the spring 2015 semester. This course overviews the concepts, principles, and methods employed for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of structures and materials. All major NDE techniques are covered, including X-rays, ultrasonics, eddy currents, penetrants, magnetic flux, and visual/optical methods. Other new emerging inspection methods are also discussed. While emphasis is on inspection methods employed to ensure structural integrity of aerospace vehicles, course content has application to a broad class of high performance structures. The presentation attempts to strike a balance between the physical principles of each NDE method and the method's application to inspection problems. Further topics such as damage-tolerant design, retirement-for-cause, factors affecting NDE reliability, etc. Spring 2017 Syllabus PDF.

Topics Covered:
Introduction to nondestructive evaluation (the role of NDE in maintaining structural integrity, requirements for an effective NDE technique, inspection reliability); Visual inspection methods; Penetrant methods; Radiographic techniques; Ultrasonic inspection; Eddy current techniques; Magnetic techniques; Other inspection techniques (acoustic emission, proof testing, thermal imaging, new emerging techniques, etc.); Applications of NDE to manufacturing, aging structures, and composite materials.

Prerequisites:
A second level course in aeromechanics or a mechanics of materials course; or equivalent undergraduate course in strength of materials.

Applied/Theory: 50/50

Web Address:
https://mycourses.purdue.edu/

Web Content:
Syllabus, grades, lecture notes, homework assignments, solutions, chat room, and message board.

Homework:
Although noncredit homework assignments will be given, they will not be collected and will not count toward the final grade.

Projects:
Required, not job-related. Two term papers account for 45% of the course grade. Paper 1 (20% of final grade) is a written literature review that describes a new research topic in NDE. Paper 2 (25%) is a writtern paper and powerpoint presentation dealing with application of NDE methods to a practical engineering situation.

Exams:
One midterm exam (25% of course grade) and a comprehensive final exam (30% of course grade).

Textbooks:
Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department. REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: ISBN: 9780471214595 -- Fundamentals of Structural Integrity: Damange Tolerant Design and Nondestructive Evaluation.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd minimum computer requirements; course assignments and handouts will be posted to course web.

ProEd Minimum Requirements: view

Tuition & Fees: view

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CURRENT INSTRUCTOR(S)

Tyler Tallman

Phone
765-494-2490

Email
ttallman@purdue.edu

Office
Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W Stadium Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

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