For the month of February, the Air Capital Section members and guest gathered in Wichita, Kansas at the Rusty Eck Ford conference room on 22 February for a presentation by guest speaker Jeff Methe. The Section also participated in National Engineers Week by sponsoring and attending the Wichita Council of Engineering Societies annual banquet on 18 February. The banquet had more than 160 attendees, with Jay Amos and Joe Clasen representing the Section.
Thanks to everyone who made it out to the Arizona Section’s 17 March meeting. A few attendees dressed the part by wearing kilts in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The Section continues to have strong turnouts and new faces each month. There were 31 attendees in total. Vendor’s Night was a success again this year, with 12 vendors in attendance and many guests walking though. The Section thanks the vendors for their generous donations of door prizes, which included wine, spiced whiskey, and cordless power tools, to name a few.
The Arizona Section held a Vendor’s Night in March.
The Central Ohio Section held a meeting at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology (HIWT) in Troy, Ohio, on 23 February. Members from the Dayton and Columbus American Welding Society (AWS) sections were also present. Collectively, there were 16 members, guests, and students in attendance.
The group was welcomed by four members of HIWT and Hobart Brothers staff. The meeting included an interesting overview of the school’s mission, training, and services presented by Business Development Manager Lindsey Magee, followed by an informative tour of the production facility of the adjoining Hobart Filler Metals plant guided by Kevin Trick, of Hobart Filler Metals. Immediately after that the group was treated to a walking tour of the laboratory areas of the HIWT and a stop back in time in the Hobart Historical Welding Gallery, the latter being a thoughtful display of exhibits and information related to the chronological history of welding technologies and general metal working. The gallery is not open to the general public. The last part of the tour was guided by Magee and Fred Henman, HIWT technical instructor.
The Section would like to thank HIWT and Hobart Brothers Filler Metal for an informative and enjoyable evening learning about advanced weld training and weld filler metal production. Speaker awards unique to the Section were given to the presenters at a later date.
The Section held a meeting at the Manufacturing and Materials Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) near Dayton, Ohio on 24 March. There were nine members and guests in attendance. The group was welcomed by several members of the nondestructive evaluation (NDE) team of the Systems Support Division. Throughout the event the group was guided by a well-staffed team of Air Force civilian and contractor personnel through an interesting look at how traditional and advanced NDE techniques are used to support the Air Force mission at Wright-Patterson AFB.
The first stop was touring the NDE areas of the Materials Integrity Branch, where rapid reaction to Air Force structural failure analysis needs are supported. The NDE Systems Support Division currently uses eight different techniques of NDE. This is also the laboratory where liquid penetrant materials are tested in accordance with SAE AMS 2644 and approved for use by the Department of Defense and industry in general.
Following this was a walking tour of the NDE Research Branch in the electromagnetic testing and ultrasonic testing focus areas, where advanced NDE techniques are developed for future use by the Air Force. It was a fascinating look and rare opportunity for insight into the applied scope of NDE techniques used.
After the meeting, members and guests adjourned for a delicious meal at City Barbeque in nearby Beavercreek. The Section would like to thank the members of the NDE community at Wright-Patterson AFB for a wonderful tour. Speaker awards were given to the presenters at a later date.
The Central Ohio Section held a meeting at the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in February.
Charlotte, North Carolina
The Charlotte Section hosted 28 members and guests at its 11 April meeting at the American Airlines maintenance hangar located near Charlotte Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tour of the maintenance hangar was led by Don Duncan, American Airlines Level III and past Section chair. The group viewed passenger jets in various stages of inspection and maintenance. The tour ended in the nondestructive testing lab, where eddy current, ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, and radiography testing is performed. One of the main areas of focus presented to the group was phased array ultrasonic testing of composite components and engine turbine blades.
Special thanks go to Richard Woodward, with Magnaflux, for sponsoring the meeting. Woodward demonstrated the new EV6000 light-emitting diode ultraviolet lamp from Magnaflux. The lamp is light, cool, and offers uniform intensity without bright center beam or weak edges.
ASNT Charlotte Section members and guests at the American Airlines maintenance hangar.
The Chicago Section met on 14 March, with 20 guests and members in attendance at Mack’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant in Elmhurst, Illinois. The guest speaker, Amanda Young, of McNDT Pipeline, Ltd., discussed the use of nondestructive testing (NDT) for pipeline inspection. The use of liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, radiographic, and ultrasonic testing are all employed at various times. After reviewing the need for qualifications, Young described the typical inspections conducted, primarily on gas pipelines under API 1104. Some specialty work is often required to view areas of pipeline that may need ultrasonic wall thickness checks or digital computed tangential radiographic exposures to show corrosion or to identify areas that were highlighted by a pig that traveled through the line. Next, she displayed a variety of indications or discontinuities from various pipeline inspections and characterized the difficulties in making adequate decisions. Some of the more difficult indications to rate were lack of fusion, incomplete root penetration, internal undercut, and high-low conditions where the pipe has a great deal of mismatch. Areas with cracks are typically identified with magnetic particle testing. The presentation was well received and a number of interesting questions about American Petroleum Institute code requirements were asked.
The Section met on 11 April, with 21 guests and members in attendance for a catered dinner and a tour of the Scot Forge plant in Spring Grove, Illinois. The Scot Forge responsible Level III, Joseph Meyers, played a number of videos that highlighted the forge shop’s capacity and then explained the process used to train and qualify the NDT personnel at the three plants that are part of the Scot Forge family (Chicago and Spring Grove, Illinois, and Clinton, Wisconsin). He highlighted how SNT-TC-1A, NAS-410, and other qualification schemes and specifications in industry are met by Scot Forge. The tour through the forge shop included the forge presses, ring rollers, heat treat department, sawing equipment, machine shop, NDT department, and metallurgical laboratory. In the metallurgy lab the attendees were able to witness a tensile test being performed. The Section is grateful to Scot Forge for providing this extremely educational and insightful opportunity. Meyers, Carl Schulz (NDT Level III floor leader at Spring Grove), Derek Coleman (NDT Level III floor leader at Clinton, Wisconsin), and Zach Ford (apprentice and intern coordinator) were gracious hosts, exhibiting true excitement for and dedication to their craft and pride in being part of the Scot Forge family.
Amanda Young (left), of McNDT Pipeline, Ltd., received a plaque of appreciation from Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson, of Karden Sales, at the March meeting.
The Cleveland Section held its monthly meeting on 21 March, at J Bella restaurant in Strongsville, Ohio, with 29 members and guests in attendance. The Section Board of Directors is extremely pleased with the increased attendance, which it attributed to the change in venue and quality of guest speakers.
The March speaker was Betty Cheng, sales manager for Spectronics Corp. in the U.S. and Canada. Cheng gave an informative talk regarding the current state of light-emitting diode ultraviolet A (LED UV-A) lamps, and their certification per Rolls-Royce specifications. She shared some interesting facts regarding the process of getting LED UV-A lamps accepted by the nondestructive testing industries. Cheng also informed attendees that in future publications, the term “black light” would no longer be used and will be replaced by LED UV-A lights, something the European community has requested for years.
Newport News, Virginia
On 12 April, the Hampton Roads Section held its monthly meeting at Buffet City restaurant in Portsmouth, Virginia, with 10 members and guests in attendance. Rusty Waldrop was the guest speaker. He presented on the “Coast Guard Qualification and Certification Program.” Waldrop’s presentation included pictures of flawed specimens as well as an explanation of the competence training the Coast Guard inspectors go through and the techniques they use and have developed to find the discontinuities that could cost both Coast Guard personnel and civilians their lives.
The Hampton Roads Section met in April for a presentation on the U.S. Coast Guard nondestructive inspection program.
Two Miami Valley Section members participated in the Montgomery County Science Fair, held 5 March at the Dayton Convention Center. Approximately 900 people attended the fair, including 304 participating students presenting projects from 26 schools; 120 judges representing education, industry, and military; committee members; and a number of parents and siblings. More than 50 awards (which included several monetary awards up to $500) were presented to students.
Section Chair Vicki Kramb helped with pre-fair setup as well as Thursday and Saturday judging. Section member Norm Schell helped with setup and directing judges, parents, and students to where they needed to be. Fair Director Gloria Hardy thanked everyone involved for their help and support.
The Section met on 6 April at Trinity Gastro Pub in West Chester, Ohio. Six people came out to discuss the Section and its future.
The Minnesota Section thanks those who attended the 18 February meeting at the Green Mill restaurant in Plymouth, Minnesota. The meeting had an excellent turnout, with 33 members, nonmembers, and students attending the event, which featured a presentation on “Bridge Inspection in Minnesota and the I-35W Bridge Collapse.” The Section also thanks speaker Bill Nelson, of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, for an extremely interesting and informative presentation.
Schenectady, New York
The Mohawk Hudson Section’s 19 April dinner meeting at the Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge included a presentation on remote measurement technologies using 3D visualization. Tom Britton, of GE Inspection Technologies (GEIT), presented a summary of the latest advancements in remote visual measurement technology. Through the use of projected structured light pattern optical metrology and full surface mapping of stereographically captured images, GEIT was able to improve the accuracy and precision of remote visual measurements. The user interface was also greatly enhanced by providing true 3D visualization of the measurement surface topography.
There were 13 members and guests in attendance.
The Mohawk Hudson Section met in April to hear a presentation on remote visual measurement technology.
Michael Zittle, radioactive materials compliance manager from the University of Washington, provided an engaging presentation, titled “Radiation Protection: Beyond Time, Distance, and Shielding,” at the 7 April technical meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section. After Zittle presented the “10 Commandments of Radiation Protection” he was met by more questions from the audience than had been asked in previous meetings. Zittle was also a speaker at this year’s Radiation Safety Refresher seminar. Dinner preceded the presentation. There were 20 members and students in attendance at the meeting, which was held at the DoubleTree Hilton Suites at Southcenter, in Tukwila, Washington.
Jeff Siegel kicked off the evening at the Pacific Northwest Section meeting.
Thanks to Patrick Sansieri and Carol Sansieri, from Odyssey Technology, for their 17 March presentation at the Springfield Grille. The talk was titled “Level III Responsibilities, Nadcap, and NAS-410.” The Section appreciates their insight into this subject and the entire certification process. Interpreting and administering training and certification is a challenge to all Level IIIs. The emphasis of the presentation and ensuing discussions was on the leadership role that must be taken by the Level III in the entire production and quality control process. There were 19 attendees at the meeting.
San Diego, California
The San Diego Section hosted its seventh technical meeting of the 2015–2016 year on 5 April at the Best Western Seven Seas hotel in San Diego, California. There were 27 members and guests in attendance, as well as two speakers. The first speaker was Denico Nieves-Ellis, one of three Greater San Diego Science Engineering Fair award winners selected by the Section. Nieves-Ellis is an eighth grade student at the Rhoades School. His project was “Experimenting with Ferrofluids’ Magnetic Properties: Searching for Novel Applications.” The project was well presented and met with numerous questions. Nieves-Ellis received a certificate of achievement and scholarship check from the Section.
The second speaker was James Hofer, of Aerohoff Inspection Services, Inc. Hofer’s presentation was titled “Typical MAUS Applications on Aircraft Structures.” The talk centered on how the MAUS is used, both with ultrasonic and eddy current applications, and its evolution from its beginning to the current MAUS 5 system used today, which can be equipped with position tracking capabilities. Other areas discussed included using phased array ultrasonics, resonance inspection, composite inspection, and system limitations. This system/technique is used on commercial aircraft, business jets, military aircraft, and helicopters. Hofer’s talk was well received and led to questions concerning applications. Section Chair John Morris thanked Hofer for his informative talk and presented him with a certification of appreciation and speaker gift.
To close the meeting, Morris acknowledged the Section sponsors in attendance. The evening concluded with raffles, prizes for which were sponsored by the Section and Larry Olsen.
Guest speaker Denico Nieves-Ellis (left) received a certificate and scholarship check from San Diego Section Chair John Morris.
The Shanghai Section organized a meeting on 30 March, with 59 members and guests. Section Director Xu Yongchang welcomed everyone in attendance and gave a brief speech on how to recruit more members. Section Chair John Kinsey encouraged members to prepare a lecture and participate in Section operations. Duan Kaiyang gave a technical presentation titled “Wrong Material in Pressure Pipe During Radiographic Interpretation.” Kaiyang’s presentation included how to interpret pipe films and he encouraged members to keep learning.
It was a pleasure to welcome ASNT Executive Director Dr. Arny Bereson and ASNT Chair of the Board L. Terry Clausing to the Section meeting. Bereson presented the Section charter to Yongchang and also gave a speech on “The Current State of ASNT.” Later, Clausing gave a lecture on the “Future of ASNT’s Certification and Examination.” Both Bereson and Clausing opened up the floor to questions at the end of their presentations; many members had questions about how to renew their certifications and also exchanged ideas that they thought ASNT should look into. The Section appreciates Bereson’s and Clausing’s time.
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Southern Africa Section held a technical evening on 19 April at the School of Applied Non-Destructive Examination, in Impala Park, South Africa. There were two short but informative presentations given by members, both of whom are ASNT NDT Level IIIs. The presentations were “Removal of Penetrant from Waste Rinse Water,” by Hans Beukes, and “Advanced Ultrasonics (Including TFM and SAUL),” by Philippe Rubbers.
Southern Africa Section speakers Hans Beukes (left) and Philippe Rubbers.
The March meeting of the Shanghai Section included multiple presentations, one on radiographic testing of pipeline, and two others on the state of ASNT and its certifications programs.
From left: Shanghai Section Secretary Wang Lu, ASNT Executive Director Arny Bereson, and Section Director Xu Yongchang.