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Nondestructive Evaluation of Structures and Materials


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

The objective of this course is to give students an understanding of the importance of NDE, the underlying physics of common NDE and SHM techniques, and the processes by which these techniques are applied.


Overview the physics, principles, and methods employed for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of structures and materials. Major NDE techniques covered include radiographs, ultrasonics, eddy currents, penetrants, magnetic flux, and visual/optical methods. An introduction to structural health monitoring (SHM) is also provided.
Spring 2020 Syllabus

Topics Covered:

Introducton to NDE, review of linear elasticity, review of fracture mechanics, visual and dye-penetrant inspections, magnetic particle inspection, radiographic inspection, ultrasonic inspection, eddy current inspection, introduction to SHM, dynamic SHM, and embedded sensor SHM.


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:

Web Content:

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


Homework will collectively be worth 25% of overall grade


1 term paper on an NDE or SHM topic of your choosing. The final term paper is worth 25% of overall grade. Term paper sub-assigments are collectively worth 15% of overall grade.


1 final exam worth 25% of overall grade


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. Alten F. Grandt Jr.

Computer Requirements:

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

ProEd Minimum Requirements: