NDT3471 PHASED ARRAY LEVEL I
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to students on the college level in the Nondestructive Testing program that have previously completed as a minimum: Level II Ultrasonic Testing training at this institution or another accepted training institution.
NDT3471 - Phased Array Level I (3 hrs.)
This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge concerning the basic operation and theory of phased array ultrasonics while building on their previous knowledge that has been gained throughout their experience as Ultrasonic Level I and II students and technicians.
NDT3461 - Ultrasonic Testing Level I or acceptable equivalent and NDT3462 - Ultrasonic Testing Level II or acceptable equivalent.
This course is designed to help the student increase the student’s knowledge concerning the basic operation and theory of phased array ultrasonics while building on their previous knowledge that has been gained throughout their experience as Ultrasonic level I and II students and technicians.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Compare and Contrast phased array ultrasonics to standard ultrasonics
- Differentiate phased array equipment from standard ultrasonic equipment
- Perform basic calibrations using phased array equipment
- Properly collect and interpret data received using phased array equipment
- Differentiate and select the proper probe for weld inspection or aircraft inspection
- Safely collect and interpret data received from the phased array equipment
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: Review of Basic Ultrasonic Theory and Applications
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully explain basic ultrasonic theory, as well as perform basic ultrasonic inspections using both compression and shear waves.
- Describe the three types of scans used in ultrasonic equipment
- Describe material effects on the various forms of sound beams
- Perform compressional thickness measurements
- Perform compressional lamination scans
- Perform shear wave calibrations and weld scans
- Perform thickness measurements using a dual element thickness gauge
UNIT 2: Comparison of Standard Ultrasonics to Phased Array
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully compare and contrast basic ultrasonics to phased array ultrasonics
- Define the basic phased array terminology
- Describe the history of phased array
- List and describe the certification structure of phased array
- Describe the linear array
- Describe the basics of phased array wave formation
- Describe the delays applied to the phased array probe elements
UNIT 3: Equipment Used in Phased Array
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully identify equipment and software used in phased array.
- Explain how focal laws are generated
- Describe the block diagrams of how phased array units operate
- Explain the differences between phased array probes and wedges
- Describe the differences between phased array wedges
- Compare and contrast the different types of phased array scans
UNIT 4: Calibrations Performed Using Phased Array
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully describe the calibrations used within phased array inspections
- Describe the active element and probe verification
- Describe the wedge delay and velocity calibration
- Describe the exit point and refraction angle calibration
- Describe the sensitivity and DAC calibration
- Describe beam steering calibrations
UNIT 5: Data Collection Techniques
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully compare and contrast the different forms of data collection techniques.
- Describe differences between A, B, and C scans
- List the differences between line and raster scans
- Explain “zone discrimination”
- Explain the importance of scan plans
- Describe the differences between linear and sector scans
- Interpret data using probe offsets and indexing
UNIT 6: Data Presentations in Phased Array
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able differentiate the different forms of data presentations used in phased array inspections
- Evaluate the data received from an A scan
- Evaluate the data received from a B scan
- Evaluate the data received from a C scan
- Evaluate the data received from a D scan
UNIT 7: Data Evaluation in Phased Array
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully discuss and arrange the data that is received from the phased array inspection.
- Compare the codes and standards used in phased array testing
- Explain how flaws are characterized using phased array
- Explain how the geometry of a part varies the data received
- Identify data that has been received using a gate
- Report the data received from a phased array unit
UNIT 8: Procedures within Phased Array (Applications)
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to successfully explain the different procedures used within phased array testing.
- Compare and contrast different applications of phased array
- Identify scans and signals received from different metallic structures
- Explain the limitations of the different forms of phased array scans
- Explain the importance of calibration to IIW blocks for weld inspection
- Review scans received from different phased array inspections
Refer to Syllabus
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.