ASNT Annual Conference 2017

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ASNT Annual Conference 2017

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Nashville, TN
30 October - 2 November 2017

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95% of the 2016 attendees found value in the Conference and would likely recommend this Conference to a colleague!

Testimonials

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  • “The potential for learning about new ideas and sharing knowledge from experts is invaluable.”
  • “A very professional conference.”
  • “Excellent opportunity to connect with peers.”
  • “A wide range of disciplines represented--radiographers, engineers, manufacturers and researchers.”

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Program Information and Registration


5:00 PM - 8:00 AM | Exhibit

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors

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Room: Ryman Hall

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8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | Program

Keynote Speaker - Evolve or Die

Mr Robin Crow, Dark Horse Institute (DHI)

Room: Tennessee C

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topics

Full Matrix Capture and the Total Focusing Method (FMC/TFM)

Room: Tennessee A

Session Chair: Alan Caulder, Advanced OEM Solutions

Neutron Radiography

Room: Tennessee B

Session Chair: Katie Rittenhouse, Phoenix Nuclear Labs

Data Management - Advancing Technologies I

Room: Tennessee C

Session Chair: David Jankowski, GE

9:00 AM

Ultrasonic Advanced Imaging Techniques

Presenter(s): Mr Philippe Rioux »

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Neutron Radiography using a High-Flux Compact Thermal Neutron Generator

Presenter(s): Mr Michael J Taylor

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The Time Is Now For Intelligent Leaders to Embrace Technology

Presenter(s): Mr Kevin Turpin

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9:30 AM

M2M-NDT Flange Face Corrosion

Presenter(s): Mr Dillon Curtis Smith

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A Line-Pair Gauge for Measuring Basic Spatial Resolution for Neutron Imaging Systems

Presenter(s): Dr Aaron E Craft

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Cloud ...NDT ... A good mix?

Presenter(s): Mr Eric Dusablon

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10:00 AM

An Adaptive Approach of the Total Focusing Method for the Inspection of Parts with a Complex Shape

Presenter(s): Dr Dominique Braconnier

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Novel Nondestructive Approach in Understanding Defects and Microstructure of Additive Manufacturing Components using Neutron Radiography and Diffraction

Presenter(s): Dr Hassina Bilheux

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10:30 AM

In-service Bolt Inspection

Presenter(s): Mr Dillon Curtis Smith

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Energy Selective Neutron Imaging for Structural and Functional Materials

Presenter(s): Mr Dayakar Penumadu

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Video-based Crack Detection on Metallic Surfaces Using Convolutional Neural Network with Naïve Bayes and Spatiotemporal Clustering

Presenter(s): Mr Mohammad Reza Jahanshahi

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11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Lunch

Tuesday Lunch with Exhibitors

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Room: Ryman Hall

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topics

NDT for Welds

Room: Tennessee A

Session Chair: Tyler Johnson, Day & Zimmermann

General NDT I

Room: Tennessee B

Session Chair: Gregory A. Garcia, Evraz North America

Data Management - Advancing Technologies II

Room: Tennessee C

Session Chair(s): David Moore, Sandia Labs; Sarah Stair, Baylor

1:00 PM

Weld Penetration Monitoring Using Semi-Automated PAUT in Orthotropic Decks and Structural Boxes Welding

Presenter(s): Mr Mohamed Aly Souissi

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Fellowship Award - Smart Concrete for Enhanced Nondestructive Evaluation

Presenter(s): Mr Irvin Pinto

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Remote NDT - Field Applications and User Cases

Presenter(s): Mr Philippe Rioux »

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1:30 PM

PSA Vessels Welding Inspection using TECA Technique

Presenter(s): Mr Mathieu Leclerc

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Applications of Nondestructive Testing Used in Optical Metrology for the US Army

Presenter(s): Mr Stephan C Zuber

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Subregion Finite Element Hybrid Optimization Using Genetics Algorithm and Simulated Annealing for Nondestructive Evaluation Inverse Problems

Presenter(s): Mr Mohammad Rawashdeh

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2:00 PM

Nondestructive Examination (NDE) Of Used Fuel Containers for Increased Probability of Detection

Presenter(s): Mr Jean-Francois Martel

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Inspection of Automotive Bonded Parts

Presenter(s): Mr Jeff Wells

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Customization of User Interfaces for UT and ET Instruments

Presenter(s): Mr David Jankowski

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2:30 PM

Continuous Measurement of Residual Stress on Weld of Power Transmission Tower Using Linearly Integrated GMR Sensor Arrays

Presenter(s): Mr Heejun Seo

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Real-time Imaging of Time-varying Magnetic Field Intensity and Phase Shift Using Cylinder-type Magnetic Camera

Presenter(s): Mr Jungmin Kim

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Nondestructive Investigation of Jute/Hemp Hybrid Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite

Presenter(s): Dr Xavier P V Maldague

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3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Break

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall Sponsored by FlawTech

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Room: Ryman Hall

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topics

Ultrasonics

Room: Tennessee A

Session Chair: Don Norton, Quatro Composites

Thermography

Room: Tennessee B

Session Chair: Terry Clausing, Drysdale & Associates Inc.

MT/PT

Room: Tennessee C

Session Chair: Lisa Price, Sherwin Inc.

4:00 PM

Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Inspection Identification of Material State and Temperature in Amorphous and Semi-Crystalline Materials

Presenter(s): Mr Elliott Jost

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Detection of Flat-Bottom Holes in Carbon Fiber Composites using Active Microwave Thermography

Presenter(s): Mr Ali Mirala

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LED UV-A Lamps: What to Look for, How to Use Them, and Complying with Nadcap

Presenter(s): Mr David Geis

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4:30 PM

The History of MPI Amperage Determination

Presenter(s): Mr George M Hopman

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5:00 PM

Extremely Broadband Ultrasound Devices for Contact-Free NDT

Presenter(s): Dr Balthasar Fischer

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Determination of Thermal Protection for Railroad Tank Cars by Infrared Testing

Presenter(s): Mr James Gerry Churchwell

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Mixed Light Inspection: The Extraction of Low-Level Fluorescent Signals Under Conditions of Strong Background Levels of Ambient Light

Presenter(s): Mr Graham Diamond

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5:30 PM

New Approaches of Signal Analysis in Air-Coupled Ultrasonic Testing – Contactless Inspection of High-Performance Ceramic Materials

Presenter(s): Mr Ralf Steinhausen

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High Performance meets Low Cost in Infrared Thermography Hardware

Presenter(s): Mr L Terry Clausing

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Using Water Contact Angle Measurements to Predict Surface Preparedness for Dye Penetrant Application

Presenter(s): Ms Brooke Campbell Ms Elizabeth Kidd

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8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | Program

Mehl Honor Award Lecture - Nondestructive Testing of Composites

Dr Richard H Bossi

Room: Tennessee C

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topics

Microwave/Millimeter Wave NDT I

Room: Tennessee A

Session Chair: Mohammad Tayeb Ghasr, Missouri University of Science & Technology

Chemical and Petroleum I

Room: Tennessee B

Session Chair(s): Kevin Ostergren, Phillips 66; Ron Nisbet, HSI GROUP, INC.

NDE for Bridges and Tunnels

Room: Tennessee C

Session Chair: Shane Boone, BDI

9:00 AM

Design of A Compact, Low-Cost and Rapid Microwave and Millimeter Wave Imaging System

Presenter(s): Mr Matthew Horst

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Quantitative Short Range Scanning  

Presenter(s): Dr David Alleyne

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Integration of Ground Penetrating Radar and Infrared Thermography into Bridge Condition Assessments by the RIDOT

Presenter(s): Dr Nicole Martino

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9:30 AM

Development of Surface Crack Sensors using Fractal Geometries of Complementary Split Ring Resonators

Presenter(s): Mr Salem Ali Al Otaibi

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HTHA Detection, Characterization, and Verification

Presenter(s): Mr Timothy J Armitt

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Multiaxial Fatigue Life Assessment of a Roller Coaster Support Bracket Using Measured Strains

Presenter(s): Mr Masoud Sanayei

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10:00 AM

Non-destructive Gas Phase Materials Characterization for the Purposes of Pharmaceutical Life Cycle Health Monitoring

Presenter(s): Mr G S Grubbs

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Full Volumetric Inspection of Small Bore Pipe to Fitting Welds Using Limbo TOFD Arrangement

Presenter(s): Mr Timothy J Armitt

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Innovative Methods in Nondestructive Tunnel Evaluation

Presenter(s): Mr Anthony J Alongi

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10:30 AM

HDPE Electro-fusion Coupler Inspection utilizing a Volumetric Microwave Technique

Presenter(s): Mr Ryan Goitia

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Inspection of Composite Wind Turbine Blades with Advanced Ultrasonic Phased Array Technology

Presenter(s): Mr Andre Lamarre

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Autonomous Navigation and Geotagging for Nondestructive Evaluation of Concrete Bridge Deck Using Robotic Platforms

Presenter(s): Dr Ali Asmari

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11:00 AM - 1:30 PM | Lunch

Wednesday Lunch with Exhibitors

N/A

Room: Ryman Hall

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topics

Microwave/Millimeter Wave NDT II

Room: Tennessee A

Session Chair: Mohammad Tayeb Ghasr, Missouri University of Science & Technology

Chemical and Petroleum II

Room: Tennessee B

Session Chair(s): Kevin Ostergren, Phillips 66; Ron Nisbet, HSI GROUP, INC.

NDE for Infrastructure I

Room: Tennessee C

Session Chair: Shane Boone, BDI

1:30 PM

Fellowship Award - Active Microwave Thermography (AMT) for Nondestructive Evaluation of FRP-Strengthened Structures

Presenter(s): Mr Ali Foudazi

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Development and Deployment of Cellular-Based Ultrasonic Corrosion Measurement System for Refining and Petro-Chemical Plant Applications

Presenter(s): Mr Bruce A Pellegrino

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Nondestructive Examination of Sheave Trunnions for Vertical Lift Bridges

Presenter(s): Mr Robert D Gessel

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2:00 PM

Comparison Between Millimeter Wave and Ultrasonic Imaging NDE Techniques to Inspect the NASA Orion Heatshield Test Specimens

Presenter(s): Dr Joseph T Case

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Improve NDE Effectiveness of Wet Hydrogen Sulfide Damage using Phased Array Ultrasonic Imaging Techniques

Presenter(s): Dr Linxiao Yu

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Damage Mechanisms Classification in Cement Paste under Compression using Acoustic Emission

Presenter(s): Mr Rafal Anay

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2:30 PM

Multi-View Millimeter Wave Inspection of Narrow Filled Vertical Gaps in Composite Structures

Presenter(s): Dr Mohammad Tayeb Ghasr

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Using Pulsed Eddy Current on Small-Diameter Pipes

Presenter(s): Mr Marco Michele Sisto

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Automatic Data Collection Tool for Nondestructive Evaluation of Concrete Bridge Decks

Presenter(s): Dr Ali Asmari

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3:00 PM

Microwave Volumetric Inspection of Fiberglass Piping Socket Joints

Presenter(s): Mr Robert J Woodward

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Deployment of a Practical CUI/CUF Assessment Tool for Pressure Vessels and Piping Systems

Presenter(s): Mr Brian E Shannon

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Novel Impact Device For Inducing Compression Waves In Side-Access Pile Foundations To Determine Embedment Length Using Sonic Echo, Impact Response, And Ultraseismic Test Methods

Presenter(s): Mr Jeffrey Cohen

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3:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Break

Refreshment Break Sponsored by Acuren

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Room: Tennessee Foyer

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topics

Probability of Detection

Room: Tennessee A

Session Chair: Don Locke, Hellier

Chemical and Petroleum III

Room: Tennessee B

Session Chair(s): Kevin Ostergren, Phillips 66; Ron Nisbet, HSI GROUP, INC.

NDE for Infrastructure II

Room: Tennessee C

Session Chair: Shane Boone, BDI

4:00 PM

Algorithms in NDT: Past, Future and Best Practices for Operator Interaction and Certification

Presenter(s): Dr John C Aldrin

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ACFMT on the Ropes – How a New, Highly Portable Instrument is Enabling Advanced Crack Detection and Depth Sizing in the Rope Access Section

Presenter(s): Dr Michael C Smith

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Image Stitching and Crack Mapping on Concrete Bridge Decks using Shape Analysis and Feature Points Detection and Matching Techniques

Presenter(s): Dr Ali Asmari

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4:30 PM

Concurrent Engineering: Nondestructive Evaluation Probability of Detection (POD) Simulation’s Impact on Component Reliability

Presenter(s): Mr Irving J Gray

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Infrared Inspection Program for Fired Heater Mechanical Integrity

Presenter(s): Mr Tim Hill

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Basic Principles and Practical Application of Ultrasonic Tomography of Concrete Structures

Presenter(s): Mr Andrey Bulavinov

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5:00 PM

Developments of Cost Effective X-ray POD Curve Simulations for Complex Parts

Presenter(s): Mr Joe Gray

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Maximizing the Coverage and POD for Corrosion Monitoring

Presenter(s): Dr David Alleyne

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Assessment of Fire Affected Concrete Structure by NDT- A Case Study

Presenter(s): Mr Nikhil Gopalkrishnan

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5:30 PM

Probability of Detection Studies for Advanced Eddy Current Scanning Systems

Presenter(s): Mr Ryan Mooers

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Critical Element Alloy Material Testing/PMI Using Handheld X-Ray Fluorescence

Presenter(s): Mr Alex Thurston

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Investigating the Feasibility of Ultrasonic Shear Actuation for Evaluation of Adhesive Joints in Multilayered Structures: FE Simulation

Presenter(s): Mr Hussain Altammar

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6:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Banquet

Annual 2017 Awards Banquet

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Room: N/A

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8:00 AM - 8:45 AM | Program

Plenary Lecture - American Aerospace Technical Academy

Mr John A Stewart, American Aerospace Technical Academy

Room: Tennessee C

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topics

Digital Radiography I

Room: Tennessee A

Session Chair: William Meade, Boeing

Composites

Room: Tennessee B

Session Chair: Ahmed Arabi Hassen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Structural Health Monitoring for Infrastructure

Room: Tennessee C

Session Chair: Shane Boone, BDI

9:00 AM

Introduction to Digital Radiography (DR) Systems, Its Operating Principles and Efficient Installation Process

Presenter(s): Mr Lennart Schulenburg

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Fellowship Award - High-density Fiber Bragg Grating Sensor Networks for NDE of Composite Materials

Presenter(s): Mr William Stewart

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Fellowship Award - A Multi-modal SHM System using Three NDT Methods

Presenter(s): Mr Amir Nasrollahi

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9:30 AM

Solid State CZT Detection & Photon Counting Technology for NDT Imaging Applications

Presenter(s): Dr Toby Astill

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Development and Validation of NDE Standards for NASA’s Advanced Composites Project

Presenter(s): Mr Elliott K Cramer

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Fellowship Award - Frequency Selective Surfaces as Embedded Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring

Presenter(s): Mr Dustin Pieper

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10:00 AM

Digital Detector Array Image Quality for Various GOS Scintillators

Presenter(s): Mr Brian S White

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Advanced Techniques for Robot-based Ultrasonic Testing of Complex-Shape CFRP Components

Presenter(s): Mr Andrey Bulavinov

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Structural Damage Detection Using Differences in Deformation Time History and Artificial Neural Networks

Presenter(s): Ms Yasha Zeinali

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10:30 AM

DR and CT Technology Advancements That improve Image Quality and Cycle Times

Presenter(s): Mr Brett A Muehlhauser

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Unveiling Faults in Composite Materials by Suppressing Axial and Lateral Coherent Noise with Modulated and Time Coded Excitation

Presenter(s): Dr Chris Leskiw

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Structural Monitoring of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Bridge Emergency Repairs

Presenter(s): Mr Andrew Foden

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11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Lunch

Lunch (on your own)

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Room: Opryland

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topics

Digital Radiography II

Room: Tennessee A

Session Chair: William Meade, Boeing

NDT for Corrosion in Piping/Pipelines/Power Plants

Room: Tennessee B

Session Chair: Steven Trevino, Diakont

Additive Manufacturing

Room: Tennessee C

Session Chair(s): Hossein Taheri, Iowa State University CNDE; Ahmed Arabi Hassen, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

12:30 PM

PolyCT – Upgrade for Industrial CT-Scanners

Presenter(s): Mr Johannes Leisner

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Environment-Assisted Corrosion Cracking in Carbon Steels

Presenter(s): Mr Mohammed A AbuFour

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Characterization of Interlayer Adhesion in Polymer Based Additive Manufactured (AM) Components Using Nonlinear Ultrasound

Presenter(s): Dr Ehsan Dehghan Niri

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1:00 PM

Performance Testing of Computed Radiography System and Imaging Plates

Presenter(s): Mr Muzibur Khan

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Detection of Internal H2S Attack in Ductile Iron Pipelines using Advanced Electromagnetic Technique

Presenter(s): Mr Ankit Vajpayee

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Computed Tomography Inspection and Analysis for Additive Manufacturing Components

Presenter(s): Dr Ronald D Beshears

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1:30 PM

Automatic Vision System for Wheel Surface Inspection and Monitoring

Presenter(s): Mr Karim Tout

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Advanced Analysis and Geospatial Imaging Tools for Installed Sensors

Presenter(s): Mr David Jankowski

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Fellowship Award - Thermoelastic Finite Element Modeling of Laser Generated Ultrasound in Additive Manufacturing Materials

Presenter(s): Mr Hossein Taheri »

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2:00 PM

Assisted/Automated Defect Recognition for Aerospace Radiography Applications

Presenter(s): Mr William D Meade

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Corrosion Under Pipe Supports: a Novel Approach Based on Pulsed Eddy Current Testing

Presenter(s): Ms Andreanne Potvin

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Nondestructive Testing (NDT) of Additive Manufactured (AM) Metal Alloys

Presenter(s): Dr Andrew Ngo

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2:30 PM - 2:45 PM | Break

Refreshment Break

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Room: Tennessee Foyer

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topics

Aerospace

Room: Tennessee A

Session Chair: Kane Mordaunt, Boeing

NDT of Piping and Pipelines

Room: Tennessee B

Session Chair: David Alleyne, Guided Ultrasonics Ltd.

General NDT II

Room: Tennessee C

Session Chair: Phil Trach, Laboratory Testing, Inc.

2:45 PM

Migrating from traditional to Digital Radiography in Aerospace

Presenter(s): Mr Lennart Schulenburg

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A Novel Approach for Guided Wave Pipe Inspection beyond Elbows

Presenter(s): Mr Luke Breon

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X-Ray Computed Tomography of Complex Additive Manufactured Components

Presenter(s): Mr Roger L Spencer

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3:15 PM

Low Powered Inspection of Early-Stage Fatigue

Presenter(s): Dr Matthew Webster

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Robotic In-Line Crawler Inspects Difficult Small Diameter Natural Gas Pipeline in High Consequence Area

Presenter(s): Mr Aaron Huber

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How to STEM – Demonstrating NDT to Students in 30 Minutes or Less

Presenter(s): Mr Phillip William Trach

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3:45 PM

Turbine Engine Inspection Without Disassembly – A Conceptual Approach

Presenter(s): Mr Siamack Mazdiyasni

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New Instrumentation with Enhanced Capabilities for EMAT Guided Wave In-service Applications

Presenter(s): Mr David T Barnes

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Testing of Dragline Ropes Using Magnetostrictive Probes and Longitudinal Guided Waves

Presenter(s): Dr Sergey A Vinogradov

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4:15 PM

Single Pass Aircraft Structure Inspection – Challenges and Solutions

Presenter(s): Dr Eric A Lindgren

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Nondestructive Inspection of Welds on Pipe Using Scan-type Magnetic Camera

Presenter(s): Mr Eunho Choe

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Small Controlled Area Radiography – Fundamentals and Technology Advancements

Presenter(s): Dr Joe Lapinskas

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Download the Committee Meetings and Events Schedule

Sunday, 29 October

Registration Opens
3:00-5:00 pm

Student Career Workshop
3:00-6:00 pm
Learn resume tips, interviewing skills, NDT job opportunities from seasoned NDT industry  professionals. Sign up for interviews to be conducted on Monday and Tuesday.

Monday, 30 October

Flexible Riser Integrity Management Session
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jointly sponsored by ASNT and ABENDI, the intent of this session is to bring together organizations—users and suppliers—for a day of discussion focused on developing best practices for NDT of flexible risers used in the oil and gas industry.

ASNT Annual Business Meeting & Town Hall Meeting
2:00-4:30 pm
Hear from ASNT leadership on financial status, learn about significant changes to the bylaws of the society and share your thoughts and comments during the Town Hall part of the meeting.

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
5:00-8:00 pm
The official opening of the ASNT Annual Conference. It’s a busy week so don’t miss this opportunity to visit the more than 200 companies who participate in the tradeshow. It is a good time to see all your ASNT friends that you haven’t seen since last year.

Tuesday, 31 October

A Day of S.T.E.M.
9:00 am-2:00 pm
A full day of NDT education for high school students. This year we are planning on having 200 local students attend and learn about NDT.

Lunch with Exhibitors
11:00-1:00 pm
More dedicated time to visit the exhibits. And come back from 3:00-4:00 for the extended Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall.

Exhibitors’ Innovation Forum
11:00-1:00 pm
Selected exhibitors will give 20 minute presentations on their latest developments. The Forum will be located in the Exhibit Hall.

Wednesday, 1 November

Lunch with Exhibitors
11:00-2:00 pm
Your last chance to visit the exhibits. And we have added an extra hour! If you don’t get a chance to see them now, you’ll have to wait until next year.

Exhibitors Innovation Forum
11:00-1:00 pm
More presentations by selected exhibitors.

Awards Banquet
6:30-9:00 pm
The banquet is an event not to be missed. This is the night ASNT Awards are presented, honoring colleagues, relaxing with friends, and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Thursday, 2 November

Progress in the Inspection of the Buried Hanford Nuclear Waste Tanks
9:00 am – 4:15 pm
Tennessee Ballroom E
Session Chairs: Glenn Light, Ph.D., Light NDE Consulting; Traci Moran and Mike Larche, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Jason Gunter, Washington River Protection Solutions

9:00 am Discussion of Inspection Requirements
Kayle Boomer, Washington River Protection Solutions

9:30 am Goals of the Inspection for the Buried Nuclear Waste Tanks
Jason Gunter, Washington River Protection Solutions

10:00 am Selection of Technologies for Evaluation in Possible Inspection Tank Bottoms and Definition of Test Samples
Kayte Denslow and Michael Larche, Pacific Northwest National Lab

10:30 am Break

11:00 am Marsupial Miniature Crawler Deployment by
Colin Dobell and Wade Leach Inuktun Services Ltd.

11:30 am Remotely Deployed Videoprobe
Guy Reim Adaptive Energy

12:00 pm Lunch

1:30 pm EMAT Generated Shear Horizontal Wave Interactions with Defects in Welded Steel Plate Structure
Cliff J. Lissenden and Parisa Shokouhi, Pennsylvania State University

2:00 pm Guided Wave Phased Array Technology for Rapid Inspection of Hanford Double Shell Tank Liners
Cody Borigo, Russell Love, Steven Owens, and Joseph Rose, Guidedwave

2:30 pm Inspection of Hanford Double Shell Tank Bottom Using EMATs
Syed Ali, Borja Lopez, and Frank Weinmeister, Innerspec Techologies

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Inspection of Double-Shelled Storage Tank Bottoms using Ultrasonic Guided Waves from the Side Wall
Adam C. Cobb, Jay L. Fisher, and Jonathan D. Bartlett Southwest Research Institute

3:45pm Where Do We Go from Here?
Kayle Boomer and Jason Gunter, Washington River Protection Services

Friday, 3 November

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour
7:30 am-7:30 pm
$50 (ASNT Fee to cover transportation)
This is a special tour designed for ASNT Attendees. Only conference registrants may attend. You must be on the bus to go on the tour. No “drive-ins” permitted.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory.  ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines. More than 4700 individuals, including scientists and engineers in more than 100 disciplines work at ORNL.

ORNL is home to nine world-class facilities that are available to researchers from universities, industry, and other institutions.  Individuals participating in the November 3, 2017, tours will have an opportunity to tour and meet scientists from three of these facilities. 

  • The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) is the nation’s only large-scale open-access facility for new manufacturing technologies. www.ornl.gov/mdf.
  • Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is home to the nation’s fastest, most powerful open-science supercomputer Titan.  www.olcf.ornl.gov.
  • Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) which produces beams of neutrons for exploring the nature of materials by neutron scattering. www.neutrons.gov.

Prior to the tours, participants will have lunch with ORNL scientists and learn how they can collaborate with ORNL to solve research challenges.

Buses will depart from the Opryland Hotel at 7:30 am and return by 7:30 pm. In addition to lunch, the tour fee includes all transportation and light refreshments on the bus.

Space is limited to 50 participants. Preregistration by October 4 required. US DoE approval required.  ASNT reserves the right to cancel the tour due to low participation.

Companion Program

The Companion Suite will be open daily from 9:00-11:00 am in the Cheekwood F room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

  • Monday—Get-acquainted breakfast and learn more about Nashville and the surrounding area from a representative from Visit Nashville.
  • Tuesday—Enjoy a continental breakfast and plan your day. Be sure to sign up for the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour in advance. See details below. Space is limited to 50 people. Optional fee required.
  • Wednesday—Meet for breakfast and hear a local speaker.
  • Thursday—Come to the final breakfast and say goodbye until next year.

A Companion registration also includes the Welcome Reception. Tickets for the Awards Banquet are not included in the Companion registration fee.

Tuesday Companion Tour

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry
$40

There's nothing like a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House - it's a must-see for everyone in Music City! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous!

Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), show you photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history and take you to the artist entrance - where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show.

You may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed wooden circle as decades of artists have done.  Tours may also make a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW.

Short Course A

Monday, October 30

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Full Matrix Capture/Total Focusing Method and Phased Array Ultrasonics: The Inside Story from a Technology Perspective

Gavin Dao, Advanced OEM Solutions, Dominique Braconnier, Phased Array Company

Full Matrix Capture (FMC) describes a pulse / receive method implemented in data acquisition hardware. There is no beam forming done in the hardware.  Once the data is captured and streamed to the PC, the software must implement a post-processing or visualization algorithm.  One popular processing technique is the Total Focusing Method (TFM).

For those who have previous experience with phased array ultrasonics (PAUT), or those looking to transition from conventional ultrasonics to PAUT, this course will teach what is possible with current technology and where it is headed with advanced imaging techniques. The course will cover calibration standards, different phased array probes, and different instrument configurations. Equipment demonstrations will be followed by hands-on practice of focusing techniques.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of standard and advanced phased array focusing techniques
  • Understanding of full-matrix capture and various total focusing method algorithms - the next generation phased array technique
  • Broader perspective on phased array ultrasound as a technology

Who Should Attend

UT Level IIIs, researchers, managers and business owners

About the Instructors

Gavin Dao is the Director of Business Development for Advanced OEM Solutions (AOS).  His background is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and has several years’ experience developing electronics for phased array and conventional ultrasonic instrumentation for nondestructive testing.

Dominique Braconnier created NDTSystems in France in 1989, which was the first company to provide phased array systems on a commercial basis for NDT.  He sold this company to R/Dtech in 1997 and became the director for R/Dtech in Asia. In 2000, he became a consultant for Krautkramer Group, and then became director of R&D and application for Krautkramer Japan in 2004.   He is currently CEO and founder of The Phased Array Company in Ohio, specializing in ultrasonic NDT and phased array. Dominique has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in physics/acoustics.

Short Course B

Tuesday, October 31

1:00-5:00 pm

Guidance for the New Company / Responsible Level III

Toni Bailey, ASNT Level III, TB3 NDT Consulting LLC and an Associate Instructor for Hellier NDT

With the mass retirement of company Level IIIs in every industry, many exemplary Level IIs find themselves in the unexpected and sometimes immediate predicament of qualifying to become the “designated company” or “responsible” Level III.   Without a local mentor or someone to guide the Level II placed in this situation, the experience can be stressful and sometimes simply a confusing process. 

This Short Course is a general guide for the Level III and is designed to help the Level III understand and improve his program in the following areas:

  • Understanding requirements, responsibilities and authority when becoming the designated company/responsible Level III.
  • Understanding and developing the written practice to meet qualification documents such as SNT-TC-1A and NAS 410.
  • Requirements for developing company NDT procedures and NDT technique sheets.
  • Qualifying, certifying, Level III surveillance for technical performance evaluations and recertifying their company NDT personnel
  • Record keeping and document control

It is the intent of this course to offer a structure for the new Level III assuming this new role or the Level III struggling to maintain or develop a program but has no guidance.  NDT personnel of all levels and quality assurance personnel are encouraged to attend this fun, interactive and fast pace course.  Attendees can expect to see many examples, take lots of notes, and ask many questions.

About the Instructor 

Antionette “Toni” Bailey hails from Long Island, NY and is an ASNT NDT Level III in the methods of RT, ET, UT, PT and MT, and holds the ASNT IRRSP certification.  She is a US Air Force Gulf War Veteran and between 1990 and 1997, she performed NDT on fighter jets, bomber aircraft, air refuelers, jet engines and various other military aircraft. Between 1997 to 2000, Toni was an NDT manager for Honeywell, Senior NDT technician at Gulfstream Aerospace, and from 2000 to 2012, she co-owned STS NDT located on Long Island, NY, which is a mobile NDT lab for private jets, commercial airliners and aircraft engines. Toni is now a Level III Consultant, owner of TB3 NDT Consulting LLC, and an instructor for both Hellier NDT and for ASNT.  In 2016, she won the ASNT Award for the Advancement of Women in NDT; and in 2015, the Hellier NDT Award for Outstanding Level III Services and Technical Expertise.

Short Course C

Wednesday, November 1

1:00-5:00 pm

How to Give an Effective Presentation

Robert Conklin, Ph.D, Instructional Designer, Center for Excellence, ASNT

Giving presentations to audiences, large or small, can be a daunting and anxiety-ridden task. You’re going to be in front of a group of people, some you may know, some may be total strangers. You’re on stage, all eyes are on you, the audience has high expectations or they wouldn’t be there. Every word, every nuance, your appearance, the tone of your voice, not to mention the content of your presentation, will be scrutinized in every way. You know what you want to say – you know the material – but there’s that nagging feeling that you’ll say the wrong thing or you’ll have a spot on your suit or there will be some errant distraction.

This course will cover the do’s and don’t’s, how to handle “communication apprehension” (i.e., stage fright), topic appropriateness, developing a specific purpose, speaker credibility, audience analysis, patterns of organization, importance of transitions, effective openings and closings, delivery methods, visual aids, and PowerPoint principles.

This course will be of value to technicians, engineers, managers, students, and other professionals in the field of NDT who are either first-time presenters or who wish to enhance their presentation skills.

By the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • State five common causes of communication apprehension and list three cures.
  • Select a topic that is appropriate for the speaker, audience, occasion, and time limit.
  • Distinguish between the general purpose and specific purpose of a speech.
  • Describe four factors that enhance speaker credibility.
  • Select visual aids appropriate for a given presentation.
  • Apply six evidence-based principles to the creation of an effective PowerPoint presentation.

About the Instructor

Bob Conklin earned a Master’s certificate in Instructional Design, including effective teaching/training strategies, and his Ph.D. in English literature with focus on American drama. He has taught public speaking at DeVry University for 10 years, in addition to other communication courses. Bob has been with ASNT for eight years and prior to his current position, he served as Editor for ASNT educational materials.

Short Course D

Thursday, November 2

9:00am-1:00 pm

NDE Qualification & Certification of Additively Manufactured Parts

Jess Waller, Ph.D., NASA White Sands Test Facility

Numerous technology gaps exist preventing the full, safe, and reliable use of additive manufacturing.  Chief among these gaps is the lack of a mature, integrated plan to unify manufacturing process controls, materials characterization, effect-of-defects knowledge, and quality control measures including nondestructive evaluation (NDE). NDE inspectors, QA/QE professionals, and program managers responsible for the out-sourcing, procurement, fabrication, finishing, inspection, and qualification and certification of additively manufactured parts will find value in this course. Topics covered will include:

  • The overarching role of NDE in additive manufacturing
  • Relevant documents for improving the safety and reliability of AM parts:
  • ASTM-sponsored Nondestructive Round Robin Testing (2016-present)
  • ANSI-America Makes Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) Roadmap
  • Overview of NASA’s Quality Assurance for Additively Manufactured Hardware
  • Current and future directions in NDE of AM parts

An emphasis is placed on the current NDE state-of-the-art inspection methods for metal AM parts used in fracture critical aerospace applications. For completeness, high performance plastic AM parts will also be addressed.

Attendees will:

  • Gain a formal understanding of the defect types encountered in additively manufactured parts and how defect type and size can be affected by material, processing, and post-processing.
  • Learn how part geometry, part complexity, post-processing, and finishing govern the selection of the best NDE method.
  • Review existing state-of-the-art NDE methods, and newer promising NDE methods for characterizing additively manufactured parts.
  • Learn about consensus approaches being used by NASA, the aerospace industry, and elsewhere for qualification and certification of AM parts.
  • Gain an understanding on how to integrate NDE into qualification and certification plans for AM parts.

About the Instructor

Dr. Waller received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the University of Akron in 1994.  The last 23 of his 29 years of work experience have focused on aerospace materials at the NASA-JSC White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is currently a member of numerous ASTM Committees including Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing, and F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies. He is also the chairman of the ASTM E07.10 Taskgroup on Nondestructive Testing of Aerospace Materials. He has authored or co-authored over 100 papers, patents, and ASTM standards, including many papers and ASTM standards on NDE and additive manufacturing.

Robin Crow

Keynote Speaker

Evolve or Die

Robin Crow | CEO, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker

8:00 AM | Tuesday, 31 Oct 2017

Businesses that adapt the fastest to change are the ones most likely to prosper. In this presentation Robin Crow will share with you the three Mission-Critical-Functions that will dramatically increase your ability to revitalize your business.

Business growth cannot be sustained if it remains in its present form. Achieving higher levels of efficiency, excellence, and profitability has never been more challenging. In this high energy keynote Robin lays out a practical series of proven tools and real-world techniques to help you successfully navigate your business to long-term sustainability and greater profitability. Robin clearly demonstrates how today’s businesses and organizations must position themselves to be constant innovators; able to adapt to and embrace change, successfully navigating the constantly evolving business landscape.

About the Speaker

Robin Crow’s journey from struggling musician, to RCA recording artist, to best-selling author and accomplished entrepreneur is an American success story. As a business leader, he is the CEO of Dark Horse recording, a scenic four-studio complex he built from the ground up. Now in its 23rd year, Dark Horse Recording has attracted some of the most celebrated artists in the world, such as Taylor Swift, Neil Diamond, Tim McGraw, Jewel, Matchbox Twenty, Hunter Hayes and countless others.

In 2010, Crow founded Dark Horse Institute (DHI), an accredited, for-profit academy to teach Audio Engineering, Film Production and Music Business to young entrepreneurs. The programs have experienced explosive growth while offering dramatic solutions to the challenges faced by traditional schools.

As an author and speaker Robin has directly impacted ives with his best-selling books, CDs, audio programs, and public speaking engagements. He has given over 2,200 presentations to a wide range of corporate and business audiences. His best-selling books include Evolve or Die, Rock Solid Leadership, and Jump and the Net Will Appear.

Richard Bossi

Mehl Honor Award Lecture

Nondestructive Testing of Composites

Richard Bossi | 2017 Awardee

8:00 AM | Wednesday, 01 Nov 2017

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) composite materials have become a material of choice for many aerospace and other product applications because of their particular properties. For aerospace it is strength to weight ratio, durability and damage tolerance achievable by tailored designs that makes CFRP desirable. When CFRP is applied as a primary structural element in aircraft design, the responsible structural design team will require 100% nondestructive testing (NDT) to verify the consistency and quality of the finished component. The NDT method selected for the inspection will be based on the CFRP characteristics, manufacturing method, structural configuration and the application. Ultrasound has been the most widely applied NDT method at the time of CFRP manufacture because of its sensitivity to the most common manufacturing flaws. Other inspection methods may be enlisted depending on particular design or feature sensitivity requirements. During CFRP service when damage is suspected, a wide variety of NDT methods may be applicable that are suitable to the particular configuration such as ultrasound, bond testers, thermography, shearography and radiography.

About the Speaker

Richard H. Bossi is an internationally recognized expert in nondestructive evaluation (NDE). He retired from Boeing Research & Technology as the Senior Technical Fellow for Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and Materials Characterization in 2014. Dr. Bossi received his Bachelor’s degree from Seattle University in 1971 and his PhD from Oregon State University in 1977. He has over 40 years of experience in the NDE field working on research in support of the nuclear, petrochemical and aerospace industries. Following graduate school he spent one year at Centre d’Etudes Nucleaires in Grenoble France, five years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and four years at Sigma Research before joining The Boeing Company physics staff in 1987. Dr. Bossi has been the author/co-author of numerous publications/presentations, book chapters and patents in the NDE field. He is a Technical Fellow of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Technical Editor for the ASNT journal, Materials Evaluation, and Chairman of the ASNT Handbook Committee.

John Stewart

Plenary Lecture

NDT Market and Employment Future

John Stewart | American Aerospace Technical Academy

8:00 AM | Thursday, 02 Nov 2017

In 2015, the AATA researched and profiled more than 120 NDT equipment manufacturers to provide a comprehensive view of the NDT equipment market. The analysis is inclusive of all key industries where NDT services are being applied, along with an examination of market trends, five-year forecasts and vendor market share. The “World Market for NDT Equipment Report” key findings will be discussed addressing which sectors will experience the most growth, the various methods that will be relevant due to projections and how to facilitate the transition within the workforce as other methods become obsolete.

Using the market study as a backdrop, Stewart will describe various initiatives underway to equip the next generation of technicians with the skills needed to stay competitive and meet industry demands as technologies advance. AATA was awarded $1,500,000 in grants since 2016 to start a Non-Destructive Testing Apprenticeship Program and manufacturing career pathways for youth in Southern California. Stewart will discuss student statistics, employment background, career trajectories of more than 50 AATA graduates working in the industry; as well as the NDT Apprenticeship Program, corporate and government partnerships, and the strides to revolutionize NDT instruction for Aerospace and Defense companies.

About the Speaker

John is an ASNT Level III RT, UT, and PT, NAS 410 Level III RT, UT, PT, VT and MT NDT engineer. The AATA was founded when John decided to dedicate himself full-time to helping economically disadvantaged and veterans struggling with poor job prospects secure fulfilling careers in his field. Stewart, who over the course of his sixteen-year career in NDT has trained technicians for companies such as SpaceX, Goodrich Aerospace, and Northrop Grumman, believed that by addressing inadequate STEM opportunities, one could empower youth and returning military veterans to fill the shortage of NDT professionals in many of California’s booming industries. John is a United States Navy Veteran and served as a Navy "Seabee" attached to Amphibious Construction Battalion 2.

Build Your Brand: Exhibit with ASNT!

Exhibiting at an ASNT conference or topical event is a productive way to showcase products and services. With constant face-to-face interactions with your target audience, exhibiting at our conference ensures that your marketing budget and time is being well spent!

Exhibitor resources and registration options are at right, details about this conference are below.

More than 200 companies participating in the largest North American trade show for nondestructive testing. Still a limited number of spaces available. Contact Ruth Staat at rstaat@asnt.org, or 800-222-2768, ext. 227 or 614-384-2427.

Exhibiting Hours

Monday, October 30th - 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 31st - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, Nov 1st - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Attention Exhibitors

Companies offering attendee data

It has come to our attention that there are list data providers, such as umaxmedia.us, claiming to have access to our event attendee lists. We want to assure all of our attendees and exhibitors that we take data protection seriously, and have not shared any details with any third party companies. We would also like to warn exhibitors and potential exhibitors that these companies do not have access to the data they are claiming, and would urge extreme caution in dealing with them.

List of Exhibitors for ASNT Annual Conference 2017

as of 25 September 2017

3E NDT LLC

Access Plug Flange Inc

Acoustic Technology Group

ACS-Solutions GmbH

Acuren Inspection Inc

Adaptive Energy

Advanced Inspection Technologies

Advanced OEM Solutions

Advanced Test Equipment Rentals

AIP

Amerapex Corporation

American Aerospace Technical Academy

American Society for NDT

American Welding Society

Amotus Solutions Inc

AMS Store and Shred LLC

Applied Technical Services

Arrow-Tech Inc

Baker Hughes, a GE company

Balteau NDT

Baugh & Weedon Ltd

Beijing Dragon Electronics Co

Best NDT

Blatek Inc

British Institute of Nondestructive Testing

Bruker

Canon

Carestream NDT

Central Piedmont Community College

Certags

CGM Cigiemme SpA

Chemetall US Inc

Circle Systems, Inc.

Comet Technologies USA Inc

Commodity Resource & Environmental Inc

CoreStar International Corporation

Creaform Inc

Creative Lodging Solutions

Dakota Ultrasonics

Danatronics

Dantec Dynamics

Diakont

Direct Conversion

DolphiTech

DURR NDT GmbH & Co KG

Echo Ultrasonics

Eclipse Scientific

Eddyfi

Ekoscan

EMWorks

ETher NDE Ltd

Extende

FEI

FlawTech

Foerster Instruments Inc

Fujifilm North America - NDT Materials and Equipment

Genesis Systems Group

Golden Engineering Inc

Guangzhou Doppler Electronic Technologies Co Ltd

Guided Ultrasonics Ltd

Guided Wave Analysis LLC

Gulmay

Hamamatsu Corporation

HELLIER

Hua Ri Science Electric Co

I & T Nardoni Institute Srl

IMASONIC

Imperium Inc

INETEC

Infra Tec Infrared LLC

Innerspec Technologies Inc

Inspection Plug Strategies LLC

Inspectron Inc

Instrument Technology Inc

Inuktun Services Ltd

Ionix Advanced Technologies

IsArray

IT-based Real Time NDT Center, Chosun University, Korea

Jentek Sensors Inc

Jesse Garant Metrology Center

JIREH Industries

JMD NDT Inc

Kinetic Solutions LLC

Labino AB

Laser Technology

Lavender International NDT Consultants

Lickenbrock Technologies INC

Logos Imaging LLC

Lucid Software Limited

Lumiworks Photonics Ltd

M2M

Machida Inc

Magnaflux

Marietta Nondestructive Testing LLC

Massachusetts Materials Technologies

Matec Instrument Companies Inc

Metafix

Metal Fatigue Solutions

MFE Enterprises Inc

Mirion Technologies

MISTRAS Group

Mitcorp

MPM Products Inc

NDT Classroom Inc

NDT Seals Inc

NDT Solutions

NDT Systems Inc

NDTMA

NdtXducer LLC

Newco Inc

Nikon Metrology

North Star Imaging Inc

NOVO DR Ltd

Nucleom Inc

Oceanscan USA

OKOS Solutions LLC

Olympus

Operating Engineers Local 112 Training

Pacific Celerity

Pacsess

Peak NDT

Peltec Services Inc

PH Tool Reference Standards

Phased Array Company

Phoenix Inspection Systems

Phoenix Nuclear Labs

Pine

Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions Inc.

Plant Integrity Ltd

PRAGMA

Premium Inspection & Testing

Proceq

QSA Global Inc

Quality Equipment Distributors Inc

Quality Testing Services Inc

R-CON NDT Inc

REL, Inc.

RF System Lab

Ridgewater College

Rohmann LP

Rolls-Royce

ScanMaster IRT Inc

ScanTech Instruments Inc

SCC Inspection Services Inc.

SciAps Inc

SDI-Talon

SE International Inc

Sensor Networks

Shanghai CHiNDT Systems and Services

Sherwin Incorporated

SIUI

Sonaspection International Inc

Sonatest Inc

Sonaxis SA

Sonotec

Source Production & Equipment Co Inc

Southeast Community College

Southwest Research Institute

Spectronics Corporation

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation

Starmans Electronics Ltd

Swedish Society for Nondestructive Testing

TEAM Industrial Services

Technology Design

Teledyne ICM

Televere Systems LLC

Test Equipment Distributors LLC

Testex Inc

Thermal Wave Imaging Inc

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Toray Industries America Inc

Ultracon Service LLC

Ultrasonic Sciences Ltd

Unitek Engineering

University of Ultrasonics

UniWest

USA Borescopes

Varex Imaging

Vector NDT Training

Veriphase, Inc.

VIDISCO Ltd

Virtual Media Integration

VisiConsult X-Ray Systems & Solutions GmbH

Vision Financial Group Inc

Vizaar Industrial Imaging

VJ Technologies Inc

Volume Graphics Inc

Warren Associates

WesDyne AMDATA

Willick Engineering Company Inc

Wohler USA Inc

XARION Laser Acoustics GmbH

X-Scan Imaging Corporation

YXLON

Zetec Inc

Zhengzhou Runde Dellonscope Co Ltd

Zhongke Innovation Technology Co Ltd

Hotel Information

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center (Headquarters Hotel)
2800 Opryland Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 889-1000

ASNT Group Rate: $189/night (plus tax)
Make your reservation here

All reservations must be made by October 4 to receive the group rate. A credit card or a deposit equal to one night plus tax is required to guarantee the reservation.

Government Rate: $161/night (plus tax)
Make your reservation here

Or call 866-972-6779.  Reference ASNT 2017 Annual Conference.

Map of the Gaylord Opryland Resort.

Additional hotels

The Inn at Opryland
2401 Music Valley Dr.
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 889-0800

ASNT Group Rate: $161/night (plus tax)

All reservations must be made by October 4 to receive the group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Make your reservations here or call 1-855-584-3466 and mention American Society for Nondestructive Testing 2017 Fall Conference Room Block.


Hyatt Place
220 Rudy Circle
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 872-0422

ASNT Group Rate: $161/night (plus tax)

All reservations must be made by October 4 to receive the group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Make your reservations here or call 615-872-0422, dial extension 3 for reservations. Ask to make a reservation in the “American Society for Nondestructive Testing” block or reference your group code of “G-ASNT”


Holiday Inn Express
2461 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
Phone: (615) 829-7777

ASNT Group Rate: $159/night (plus tax)

All reservations must be made by October 4 to receive the group rate. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

Make your reservations by calling (615) 829-7777. Refer to Group Code ASN.

Travel Information

Nashville International Airport (BNA)
Named the Fasted growing US Airport in 2016, with 440 average daily arriving and departing flights and more than 12.9 million passengers annually.
www.flynashville.com

Airport Shuttle
Gaylord Opryland offers daily roundtrip shuttle service from the Nashville International Airport to the hotel. Look for the Gaylord Opryland Welcome Desk on the lower level of the airport between the two escalators. An agent can assist with your travel needs and ticket purchase, or use our kiosk by the welcome desk.

If an agent is not available, you can find the resort shuttle immediately to the left as you exit the front door of the lower level of the airport.

Daily Shuttle Schedule

  • 5 a.m. – 11 p.m. (departs every 30 minutes)
  • Daily express shuttle service: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (departs every 20 minutes). Based on demand.

Cost

  • $30 per person, roundtrip fare
  • $19 per person, one-way fare
  • Guests 65 and older and children under 12 receive a discounted rate of $28 for roundtrip fares and $18 for one-way fares per person. Children under 4 are complimentary.

Purchase Tickets

ASNT Annual Conference Attendees can enjoy a 20% discount by making reservation at this link:

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Music City

Visit Nashville's micro-site for the ASNT Annual Conference, for Things To Do, Maps, Discount Programs and more.

Download the Committee Meetings and Events Schedule

Sunday, 29 October

Registration Opens
3:00-5:00 pm

Student Career Workshop
3:00-6:00 pm
Learn resume tips, interviewing skills, NDT job opportunities from seasoned NDT industry  professionals. Sign up for interviews to be conducted on Monday and Tuesday.

Monday, 30 October

Flexible Riser Integrity Management Session
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jointly sponsored by ASNT and ABENDI, the intent of this session is to bring together organizations—users and suppliers—for a day of discussion focused on developing best practices for NDT of flexible risers used in the oil and gas industry.

ASNT Annual Business Meeting & Town Hall Meeting
2:00-4:30 pm
Hear from ASNT leadership on financial status, learn about significant changes to the bylaws of the society and share your thoughts and comments during the Town Hall part of the meeting.

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors
5:00-8:00 pm
The official opening of the ASNT Annual Conference. It’s a busy week so don’t miss this opportunity to visit the more than 200 companies who participate in the tradeshow. It is a good time to see all your ASNT friends that you haven’t seen since last year.

Tuesday, 31 October

A Day of S.T.E.M.
9:00 am-2:00 pm
A full day of NDT education for high school students. This year we are planning on having 200 local students attend and learn about NDT.

Lunch with Exhibitors
11:00-1:00 pm
More dedicated time to visit the exhibits. And come back from 3:00-4:00 for the extended Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall.

Exhibitors’ Innovation Forum
11:00-1:00 pm
Selected exhibitors will give 20 minute presentations on their latest developments. The Forum will be located in the Exhibit Hall.

Wednesday, 1 November

Lunch with Exhibitors
11:00-2:00 pm
Your last chance to visit the exhibits. And we have added an extra hour! If you don’t get a chance to see them now, you’ll have to wait until next year.

Exhibitors Innovation Forum
11:00-1:00 pm
More presentations by selected exhibitors.

Awards Banquet
6:30-9:00 pm
The banquet is an event not to be missed. This is the night ASNT Awards are presented, honoring colleagues, relaxing with friends, and inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Thursday, 2 November

Progress in the Inspection of the Buried Hanford Nuclear Waste Tanks
9:00 am – 4:15 pm
Tennessee Ballroom E
Session Chairs: Glenn Light, Ph.D., Light NDE Consulting; Traci Moran and Mike Larche, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Jason Gunter, Washington River Protection Solutions

9:00 am Discussion of Inspection Requirements
Kayle Boomer, Washington River Protection Solutions

9:30 am Goals of the Inspection for the Buried Nuclear Waste Tanks
Jason Gunter, Washington River Protection Solutions

10:00 am Selection of Technologies for Evaluation in Possible Inspection Tank Bottoms and Definition of Test Samples
Kayte Denslow and Michael Larche, Pacific Northwest National Lab

10:30 am Break

11:00 am Marsupial Miniature Crawler Deployment by
Colin Dobell and Wade Leach Inuktun Services Ltd.

11:30 am Remotely Deployed Videoprobe
Guy Reim Adaptive Energy

12:00 pm Lunch

1:30 pm EMAT Generated Shear Horizontal Wave Interactions with Defects in Welded Steel Plate Structure
Cliff J. Lissenden and Parisa Shokouhi, Pennsylvania State University

2:00 pm Guided Wave Phased Array Technology for Rapid Inspection of Hanford Double Shell Tank Liners
Cody Borigo, Russell Love, Steven Owens, and Joseph Rose, Guidedwave

2:30 pm Inspection of Hanford Double Shell Tank Bottom Using EMATs
Syed Ali, Borja Lopez, and Frank Weinmeister, Innerspec Techologies

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Inspection of Double-Shelled Storage Tank Bottoms using Ultrasonic Guided Waves from the Side Wall
Adam C. Cobb, Jay L. Fisher, and Jonathan D. Bartlett Southwest Research Institute

3:45pm Where Do We Go from Here?
Kayle Boomer and Jason Gunter, Washington River Protection Services

Friday, 3 November

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Tour
7:30 am-7:30 pm
$50 (ASNT Fee to cover transportation)
This is a special tour designed for ASNT Attendees. Only conference registrants may attend. You must be on the bus to go on the tour. No “drive-ins” permitted.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory.  ORNL’s diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines. More than 4700 individuals, including scientists and engineers in more than 100 disciplines work at ORNL.

ORNL is home to nine world-class facilities that are available to researchers from universities, industry, and other institutions.  Individuals participating in the November 3, 2017, tours will have an opportunity to tour and meet scientists from three of these facilities. 

  • The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) is the nation’s only large-scale open-access facility for new manufacturing technologies. www.ornl.gov/mdf.
  • Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is home to the nation’s fastest, most powerful open-science supercomputer Titan.  www.olcf.ornl.gov.
  • Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) which produces beams of neutrons for exploring the nature of materials by neutron scattering. www.neutrons.gov.

Prior to the tours, participants will have lunch with ORNL scientists and learn how they can collaborate with ORNL to solve research challenges.

Buses will depart from the Opryland Hotel at 7:30 am and return by 7:30 pm. In addition to lunch, the tour fee includes all transportation and light refreshments on the bus.

Space is limited to 50 participants. Preregistration by October 4 required. US DoE approval required.  ASNT reserves the right to cancel the tour due to low participation.

Companion Program

The Companion Suite will be open daily from 9:00-11:00 am in the Cheekwood F room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

  • Monday—Get-acquainted breakfast and learn more about Nashville and the surrounding area from a representative from Visit Nashville.
  • Tuesday—Enjoy a continental breakfast and plan your day. Be sure to sign up for the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour in advance. See details below. Space is limited to 50 people. Optional fee required.
  • Wednesday—Meet for breakfast and hear a local speaker.
  • Thursday—Come to the final breakfast and say goodbye until next year.

A Companion registration also includes the Welcome Reception. Tickets for the Awards Banquet are not included in the Companion registration fee.

Tuesday Companion Tour

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry
$40

There's nothing like a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry House - it's a must-see for everyone in Music City! Walk in the footsteps of country music's superstars and get an exclusive look at what happens behind the scenes of the show that made country music famous!

Your knowledgeable guide will share stories about the Opry and country music greats, past and present (from Minnie Pearl to Carrie Underwood, you might say), show you photos from the Opry's biggest moments in history and take you to the artist entrance - where legends, new artists, and superstars alike enter the Opry House on the night of an Opry show.

You may even have the chance to step on stage and into the famed wooden circle as decades of artists have done.  Tours may also make a stop in Studio A, a live television studio and former home of HEE HAW.

Short Course A

Monday, October 30

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Full Matrix Capture/Total Focusing Method and Phased Array Ultrasonics: The Inside Story from a Technology Perspective

Gavin Dao, Advanced OEM Solutions, Dominique Braconnier, Phased Array Company

Full Matrix Capture (FMC) describes a pulse / receive method implemented in data acquisition hardware. There is no beam forming done in the hardware.  Once the data is captured and streamed to the PC, the software must implement a post-processing or visualization algorithm.  One popular processing technique is the Total Focusing Method (TFM).

For those who have previous experience with phased array ultrasonics (PAUT), or those looking to transition from conventional ultrasonics to PAUT, this course will teach what is possible with current technology and where it is headed with advanced imaging techniques. The course will cover calibration standards, different phased array probes, and different instrument configurations. Equipment demonstrations will be followed by hands-on practice of focusing techniques.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of standard and advanced phased array focusing techniques
  • Understanding of full-matrix capture and various total focusing method algorithms - the next generation phased array technique
  • Broader perspective on phased array ultrasound as a technology

Who Should Attend

UT Level IIIs, researchers, managers and business owners

About the Instructors

Gavin Dao is the Director of Business Development for Advanced OEM Solutions (AOS).  His background is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and has several years’ experience developing electronics for phased array and conventional ultrasonic instrumentation for nondestructive testing.

Dominique Braconnier created NDTSystems in France in 1989, which was the first company to provide phased array systems on a commercial basis for NDT.  He sold this company to R/Dtech in 1997 and became the director for R/Dtech in Asia. In 2000, he became a consultant for Krautkramer Group, and then became director of R&D and application for Krautkramer Japan in 2004.   He is currently CEO and founder of The Phased Array Company in Ohio, specializing in ultrasonic NDT and phased array. Dominique has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in physics/acoustics.

Short Course B

Tuesday, October 31

1:00-5:00 pm

Guidance for the New Company / Responsible Level III

Toni Bailey, ASNT Level III, TB3 NDT Consulting LLC and an Associate Instructor for Hellier NDT

With the mass retirement of company Level IIIs in every industry, many exemplary Level IIs find themselves in the unexpected and sometimes immediate predicament of qualifying to become the “designated company” or “responsible” Level III.   Without a local mentor or someone to guide the Level II placed in this situation, the experience can be stressful and sometimes simply a confusing process. 

This Short Course is a general guide for the Level III and is designed to help the Level III understand and improve his program in the following areas:

  • Understanding requirements, responsibilities and authority when becoming the designated company/responsible Level III.
  • Understanding and developing the written practice to meet qualification documents such as SNT-TC-1A and NAS 410.
  • Requirements for developing company NDT procedures and NDT technique sheets.
  • Qualifying, certifying, Level III surveillance for technical performance evaluations and recertifying their company NDT personnel
  • Record keeping and document control

It is the intent of this course to offer a structure for the new Level III assuming this new role or the Level III struggling to maintain or develop a program but has no guidance.  NDT personnel of all levels and quality assurance personnel are encouraged to attend this fun, interactive and fast pace course.  Attendees can expect to see many examples, take lots of notes, and ask many questions.

About the Instructor 

Antionette “Toni” Bailey hails from Long Island, NY and is an ASNT NDT Level III in the methods of RT, ET, UT, PT and MT, and holds the ASNT IRRSP certification.  She is a US Air Force Gulf War Veteran and between 1990 and 1997, she performed NDT on fighter jets, bomber aircraft, air refuelers, jet engines and various other military aircraft. Between 1997 to 2000, Toni was an NDT manager for Honeywell, Senior NDT technician at Gulfstream Aerospace, and from 2000 to 2012, she co-owned STS NDT located on Long Island, NY, which is a mobile NDT lab for private jets, commercial airliners and aircraft engines. Toni is now a Level III Consultant, owner of TB3 NDT Consulting LLC, and an instructor for both Hellier NDT and for ASNT.  In 2016, she won the ASNT Award for the Advancement of Women in NDT; and in 2015, the Hellier NDT Award for Outstanding Level III Services and Technical Expertise.

Short Course C

Wednesday, November 1

1:00-5:00 pm

How to Give an Effective Presentation

Robert Conklin, Ph.D, Instructional Designer, Center for Excellence, ASNT

Giving presentations to audiences, large or small, can be a daunting and anxiety-ridden task. You’re going to be in front of a group of people, some you may know, some may be total strangers. You’re on stage, all eyes are on you, the audience has high expectations or they wouldn’t be there. Every word, every nuance, your appearance, the tone of your voice, not to mention the content of your presentation, will be scrutinized in every way. You know what you want to say – you know the material – but there’s that nagging feeling that you’ll say the wrong thing or you’ll have a spot on your suit or there will be some errant distraction.

This course will cover the do’s and don’t’s, how to handle “communication apprehension” (i.e., stage fright), topic appropriateness, developing a specific purpose, speaker credibility, audience analysis, patterns of organization, importance of transitions, effective openings and closings, delivery methods, visual aids, and PowerPoint principles.

This course will be of value to technicians, engineers, managers, students, and other professionals in the field of NDT who are either first-time presenters or who wish to enhance their presentation skills.

By the end of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • State five common causes of communication apprehension and list three cures.
  • Select a topic that is appropriate for the speaker, audience, occasion, and time limit.
  • Distinguish between the general purpose and specific purpose of a speech.
  • Describe four factors that enhance speaker credibility.
  • Select visual aids appropriate for a given presentation.
  • Apply six evidence-based principles to the creation of an effective PowerPoint presentation.

About the Instructor

Bob Conklin earned a Master’s certificate in Instructional Design, including effective teaching/training strategies, and his Ph.D. in English literature with focus on American drama. He has taught public speaking at DeVry University for 10 years, in addition to other communication courses. Bob has been with ASNT for eight years and prior to his current position, he served as Editor for ASNT educational materials.

Short Course D

Thursday, November 2

9:00am-1:00 pm

NDE Qualification & Certification of Additively Manufactured Parts

Jess Waller, Ph.D., NASA White Sands Test Facility

Numerous technology gaps exist preventing the full, safe, and reliable use of additive manufacturing.  Chief among these gaps is the lack of a mature, integrated plan to unify manufacturing process controls, materials characterization, effect-of-defects knowledge, and quality control measures including nondestructive evaluation (NDE). NDE inspectors, QA/QE professionals, and program managers responsible for the out-sourcing, procurement, fabrication, finishing, inspection, and qualification and certification of additively manufactured parts will find value in this course. Topics covered will include:

  • The overarching role of NDE in additive manufacturing
  • Relevant documents for improving the safety and reliability of AM parts:
  • ASTM-sponsored Nondestructive Round Robin Testing (2016-present)
  • ANSI-America Makes Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) Roadmap
  • Overview of NASA’s Quality Assurance for Additively Manufactured Hardware
  • Current and future directions in NDE of AM parts

An emphasis is placed on the current NDE state-of-the-art inspection methods for metal AM parts used in fracture critical aerospace applications. For completeness, high performance plastic AM parts will also be addressed.

Attendees will:

  • Gain a formal understanding of the defect types encountered in additively manufactured parts and how defect type and size can be affected by material, processing, and post-processing.
  • Learn how part geometry, part complexity, post-processing, and finishing govern the selection of the best NDE method.
  • Review existing state-of-the-art NDE methods, and newer promising NDE methods for characterizing additively manufactured parts.
  • Learn about consensus approaches being used by NASA, the aerospace industry, and elsewhere for qualification and certification of AM parts.
  • Gain an understanding on how to integrate NDE into qualification and certification plans for AM parts.

About the Instructor

Dr. Waller received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the University of Akron in 1994.  The last 23 of his 29 years of work experience have focused on aerospace materials at the NASA-JSC White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He is currently a member of numerous ASTM Committees including Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing, and F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies. He is also the chairman of the ASTM E07.10 Taskgroup on Nondestructive Testing of Aerospace Materials. He has authored or co-authored over 100 papers, patents, and ASTM standards, including many papers and ASTM standards on NDE and additive manufacturing.

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