Integration of the Remote Ultrasound Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Procedures into Engineering Programs

Genis, Vladimir; Drexel University College of Engineering; United States

Genis, V.; Drexel University; USA
Vyas, S.; Drexel University; USA
Wong, A.; Drexel University; USA

ID: ECNDT-0380-2018
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Session: Qualification and standards 1
Room: J1
Date: 2018-06-14
Time: 14:30 - 14:50

This paper describes a very innovative approach to integrating face-to-face and real-time internet-based education and training in NDE. In addition, the developed techniques could be utilized for NDE procedures in industries, in which the human presence is limited or restricted. Education and training in NDE involves a hands-on laboratory- and project-based learning of NDE techniques, which will lead to better understanding of engineering methods and principles used in real-world commercial applications. This approach encourages engineering and engineering technology students to be involved in research and development in NDE. One of the main objectives of the project was to develop a videoconference teaching facility, which can provide greater program delivery flexibility in NDE education and training. Real-time remote control of automatic flaw detectors USN 58L and USN 60 devices has been developed. Utilizing UltraVNC (Virtual Network Computing) software control functions and commands, one can remotely control and change any setting of the flaw detectors, such as calibration of the detectors and evaluation of test objects. This configuration of equipment and software packages allow students at the remote site to participate fully in laboratory activities. The possibility of using a pick and place robotic system for handling and manipulating piezoelectric transducers has been evaluated. The complete control of the equipment and NDE procedure is performed using the Yamaha VIP and LabVIEW software. All commands performed by the USN 58L and USN 60 correspond to similar commands performed under LabVIEW control from the remote computer.