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The Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Engineering Division has traditionally focused on the evaluation and characterization of critical system components for defects at the material and structural level through nondestructive methods, such as ultrasonics, radiography and other techniques. The role and scope of the nondestructive testing (NDT) and evaluation is transforming rapidly. What we do and how it is done is changing due to expansion of the disciplinary boundaries, and rapid technological innovation. In this rapidly changing engineering environment, the NDE Engineering Division shall provide technologically plausible and at the same time encyclopedic information that clearly defines risk versus reward and benefits versus consequences of new NDE technologies. Because of the accelerating rate of change in the development of new scientific discoveries and technological breakthroughs, the classical practices of NDE are not adequate to prepare globally competent NDE engineers and engineering leaders. NDE engineers need to stay current with technological advances outside of the classical boundaries and also must be aware of the complexities of next generation engineering systems. The complexity of advanced technologies and accountability of multiple scale and multiple physics (dimensions of size and time) at which systems now interact require designers, system integrators, operators and maintainers to collaborate in developing “cradle-to-grave” evaluation solutions.
NDE engineers customarily design and specify inspection systems and methods, as well as make decisions regarding material condition, degradation acceptance, and remaining operating life of structures at the component and systems level. Additionally, NDE's role in the management of materials and systems is affected by design decisions made by engineers and operating environment and conditions significantly impacts inspection and of continuously aging materials and systems. In its activities, the NDE Engineering Division also seeks to integrate these aspects of nondestructive evaluation and emerging structural health monitoring (SHM), condition-based maintenance (CBM), and functional adaptation of system to its condition-related technologies. Among many other emerging technologies, the potential applications of SHM systems and benefits are well documented. It is known that for complex material and structural systems, the ability to diagnose and predict structural failures through actuation, embedded sensing, and data management could result in increasing safety while reducing operating costs. The key commercialization drivers for SHM technologies are life cycle cost, avoidance of catastrophic failure and inspection of inaccessible locations.
This division is pursuing creation of an international forum to address the current state-of-the-art technologies in NDE/NDT for mechanical systems. New and innovative approaches to the NDE/NDT and health monitoring of advanced materials, mechanical systems, and manufacturing systems are included. Also, strategies for NDE/NDT data utilization for overall system safety, reliability, and performance are incorporated. The division focuses on identifying and fostering improvements and new developments of technology in areas related to innovative inspection technologies, real-time monitoring, and cost-effective embedded or external sensory systems. It also seeks to demonstrate improvements in the ability to predict component and structural performance based on NDE/NDT data. This will provide a medium for communication among engineers and scientists from stakeholder communities that include experts in NDE/NDT, SHM, sensors and sensor networks, system life management, risk assessment, damage/fracture mechanics, energy harvesting, etc.
The NDE Engineering Division aims to be the essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals in the field of NDE/NDT throughout the world for disseminating technical knowledge associated with diagnosis and prognosis of mechanical systems as well as functional adaptation to partially damaged state of the mechanical system. The division will interface with other divisions and groups within ASME and other professional engineering societies to enhance public safety and the quality of life through the application of NDE technologies.
The NDE Engineering Division’s mission is to serve global engineering communities by advancing, disseminating and applying NDE/NDT knowledge for overall mechanical system safety, reliability improvement, and to communicate the excitement of emerging technologies in the NDE discipline.
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