Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Wang Xin


  • Halmshaw, R., Non-Destructive Testing, Edward Arnold, 2nd.ed., 1991.
  • Bray, D.E. And R.K.Stanley, Non-Destructive Evaluation, New York: McGraw-Hill, c1989.
  • Non-Destructive Testing Handbooks, American Society of Non-Destructive Testing, 2nd Edition, 1991.
  • Erf, R.K. editor, Holographic Non Destructive Testing, New York, Academic Press, 1974.
  • Sirohi, R.S., editor, Speckle Metrology (e-book), New York: Marcel Dekker, c1993.
  • B.G. Batchelor, D.A. Hill, and D.C. Hodgson, editor, Automated visual inspection, IFS (Publications)
  • Ltd. ; Amsterdam, The Netherlands : North-Holland, 1985.
  • Eric Udd, editor, Fiber optic sensors: an introduction for engineers and scientists, New York : Wiley, c1991.


This unit explores various established techniques such as dye penetration, magnetic particle, eddy current, ultrasonic and radiography for non-destructive testing (NDT) and contrasts them with destructive methods. Industry standards for NDT and acceptance standards will be included. Case studies from a variety of industries which include microelectronics, aerospace, marine, railway and petrochemical industries will be discussed.


This unit aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the working principles associated with established and widely used techniques for non-destructive testing (NDT), specifically dye penetration, magnetic particle, eddy current, ultrasonic and radiography. For each method the following will be studied:

  • Characteristics of each method,
  • Theory & basic principles,
  • Advantages and disadvantages,
  • Selection and comparisons of techniques
  • Materials of parts that can be inspected (e.g. fibre-reinforced composites, metals and non-metals)
  • Physical size and/or shape limitations of parts,
  • Economics of the process,
  • Types of defects that can be detected and
  • Ability and accuracy, with which defects can be located, sized, and their orientation and shape characteristics determined.

Specifically, the unit aims to develop the ability to:

  • Relate the capabilities and limitations of established NDT techniques to their respective basic working principals.
  • Evaluate the various NDT methods for flaw detection and damage assessment and be able to select the appropriate technique for a given scenario.
  • Perform data acquisition and signal analysis related to NDT techniques and use these results to predict the health and integrity of the test specimen.


Practical work: 20 %
Assignments: 30 %
Examination (2 hours): 50 %

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours labs/tutorials and 7 hours of private study per week