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Quality Control Education - A University Course in Acoustic Emission

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

New Course Development Concepts in ET I

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Engineering Technology

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24.1026.1 - 24.1026.15



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Vladimir Genis Drexel University (Tech.)

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Dr. Vladimir Genis—Professor and Department Head, Engineering Technology, College of Engineering, Drexel University, has developed and taught graduate and undergraduate courses in physics, electronics, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, nondestructive testing, and acoustics. His research interests include ultrasound wave propagation and scattering, ultrasound imaging, nondestructive testing, electronic instrumentation, piezoelectric transducers, and engineering education. Results of his research work were published in scientific journals and presented at the national and international conferences. Dr. Genis has five U.S. patents.

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M. Eric Carr Drexel University Orcid 16x16

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Mr. Eric Carr is a full-time Laboratory Manager and part-time adjunct instructor with Drexel University’s Engineering Technology program. Eric assists faculty members with the development and implementation of various Engineering Technology courses. A graduate of Old Dominion University’s Engineering Technology program and Drexel's College of Engineering, Eric enjoys finding innovative ways to use microcontrollers and other technologies to enhance Drexel’s Engineering Technology course offerings. Eric is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Computer Engineering at Drexel, and is an author of several technical papers in the field of Engineering Technology Education.

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Siddharth Vyas California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Adrian A. Pollock MISTRAS Group, Inc.

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Dr. Adrian Pollock has been a leader in the field of acoustic emission for 40 years. He has made his career as an employee of the top AE instrument manufacturers. His extensive work includes basic research, applications development, instrument development, education and training, and personnel qualification and certification. He is a recipient of the Gold Medal Award of the Acoustic Emission Working Group, the Tutorial Citation of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, and a 25 year service award from ASTM International. He has authored over 60 publications and made presentations on acoustic emission in twenty countries and four languages. A substantial part of his work has been training and education in acoustic emission. He has instructed approximately 2000 people in this field through a dozen general and specialist courses that he has developed. Among these is the subject course at Drexel University, created with Dr. Genis to provide significant education in AE for NDE (nondestructive evaluation of materials) at the undergraduate level.

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Quality Control Education - A University Course in Acoustic EmissionAbstractThe four-credit (forty hours) Acoustic Emission course was developed for Drexel’s engineeringtechnology (ET) and engineering students. The course presents principles of Acoustic Emission(AE) Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials combining hands-on laboratory experience withlectures. The students learn the physical principles of acoustic emission generation, propagationand detection in engineering materials and structures. This includes principles of stress and strainand the underlying science of material deformation, crack growth and failure. Students also learnhow these principles are utilized to build technical applications of acoustic emission consideredas an NDE method. Practical applications in various industries are described. During thelaboratory sessions, students are introduced to tools, methodologies, and techniques used by theNDE specialists in real-world applications. Specifically, the students observe acoustic emissionin metals, composite materials and plastics; study acoustic wave propagation and attenuation;learn how to check a set of sensors for consistent sensitivity; set up an acoustic emission systemfor automatic source location; and engage in structural test data analysis. Laboratory report,clearly describing collected data, results, conclusions, and comments is required after completionof each laboratory session.

Genis, V., & Carr, M. E., & Vyas, S., & Pollock, A. A. (2014, June), Quality Control Education - A University Course in Acoustic Emission Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22959

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