New ICNDT Guide on Research and Development in NDT
NDT and diagnostic technologies such as condition monitoring play a crucial role in assuring the safety of modern societies. Major uses of NDT include transport (for example planes, trains and ships), energy infrastructures (oil & gas rigs and pipelines, power stations) and manufacturing (steelmaking to electronics). However there are many other applications of NDT that are essential to protect our safety, such as checking the welds on fairground rides or the towers and cables of ski lifts.
The capabilities of NDT have improved substantially in recent years and are steadily improving thanks to successful research and development, but even more challenging requirements continue to arise.
During the 11th ECNDT 2014 conference in Prague, ICNDT organised a Workshop to consider the importance of NDT, to identify critical research needs and to explore ways of supporting such research. The presentations on which this brochure is based are available here on this website.
This brochure highlights why NDT, including diagnostic technologies, is so important; it gives examples of current research and suggests how better funding arrangements for the medium to long term may be encouraged. Industrial users of NDT, as well as universities and other research institutes, have a key role to play, whilst national and international NDT societies can provide the forums for discussion and advice that are so important.