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Remote Nondestructive Testing Educational Laboratory

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



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NSF Grantees Poster Session

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13.1033.1 - 13.1033.10



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Vladimir Genis Drexel University

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Dr. Vladimir Genis, Associate Professor and Program Director of Applied Engineering Technology in the Goodwin College, Drexel University, taught and developed graduate and undergraduate courses in physics, electronics, nondestructive testing, biomedical engineering, and acoustics. His research interests include ultrasound wave propagation and scattering, ultrasound imaging, nondestructive testing, electronic instrumentation, piezoelectric transducers, and engineering education. He serves as a member of the Drexel’s Faculty Senate.

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Michael Zagorski Drexel University

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Michael Zagorski has a wide range of academia, research and industrial experience in the areas of electronics, telecom/wireless, aerospace, and medical devices. He works as a product development engineer at Rheomedix, Inc. where he is involved in all aspects of new product development of medical devices. He graduated from Drexel University with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003 and MS degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2005. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph. D. degree in Biomedical Engineering.

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Remote Nondestructive Testing Educational Laboratory


Drexel University’s remote Internet-based nondestructive testing (NDT) laboratory for engineering technology students is described in this paper. Drexel’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies submitted a proposal entitled “Implementation of the Internet-Based Nondestructive Evaluation Laboratory for Applied Engineering Technology Curriculum” as a reply to NSF solicitation under the program Course, Curriculum, Laboratory Implementation (CCLI) in May 2006. According to the proposal, Drexel would adapt Iowa State University’s instructional material to its own ultrasound imaging laboratory course by placing emphasis on NDT techniques and applications. Once fully developed, the NDT laboratory would serve as a training center for Applied Engineering Technology (AET) students, as well as for employees of the companies involved in NDT. The proposal received a very favorable response from the reviewers, and the NSF panel and was considered for funding. Nevertheless, the NSF panel addressed some questions that came up during the review process. After receiving PI and co-PIs’ responses, the project was awarded. The laboratory procedures were developed and set-up and the course was offered to pre-junior AET students. The videoconference-based instruction of the course is under development. The Internet-based videoconferencing mode will allow students at community colleges partnering with Drexel University participation in laboratory activities remotely.

INTRODUCTION Nondestructive testing (NDT) is one of the most powerful and cost-effective techniques for quality and safety control of structures, parts, and products. NDT of materials and components is crucial to aerospace, naval, railroad, and other industries. For example, aerospace designers and manufacturers are frequently faced with the need to validate the integrity of structural parts for military and commercial aircrafts. Transportation equipment is highly specialized and safety sensitive therefore, it is important that all aspects of a failure are investigated, not only for classifying the failure mode but also determining its cause from an engineering mechanics and design point of view. Similar issues exist in other areas, such as maintenance and diagnostic techniques for nuclear power plants and petrochemical industry. The proposed project was designed in response to the requirements of local and regional industries in need of such techniques, and more importantly, of qualified personnel. Due to its distinctive nature, Drexel’s Applied Engineering Technology program is uniquely positioned to incorporate NDT courses and experiences as part of its curriculum, thus creating the necessary knowledge and experience among its students and graduates. To address these needs, we have developed the following objectives for this project:

• To provide students with hands-on, project- or laboratory-based courses in AET.

Genis, V., & Zagorski, M. (2008, June), Remote Nondestructive Testing Educational Laboratory Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3288

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