Ultrasonic Inspection Technology Development and Search Unit Design
Ultrasonic testing is a relatively new branch of science and industry. The development of ultrasonic testing started in the late 1920s. At the beginning, the fundamentals of this method were borrowed from basic physics, geometrical and wave optics, acoustics and seismology. Later it became clear that some of these theories and calculation methods could not always explain the phenomena observed in many specific cases of ultrasonic testing. Without knowing the nuances of the ultrasonic wave propagation in the test object it is impossible to design effective inspection technique and search units for it realization. This book clarifies the theoretical differences of ultrasonics from the other wave propagation theories presenting both basics of physics in the wave propagation, elementary mathematic and advanced practical applications. Almost every specific technique presented in this book is proofed by actual experimental data and examples of calculations. MARK V. BROOK , PhD, received his doctoral degree from Leningrad Waterway Transportation Institute, now renamed as St. Petersburg State University of Water Communications. He worked as an associate professor and was in charge of the Nondestructive Testing Laboratory there. Dr. Brook has worked for Combustion Engineering, ABB, and Westinghouse Electric Company as a consultant in the research and development of ultrasonic nondestructive testing. He holds four patents and has written numerous articles. Dr. Brook has taken part in numerous projects for developing techniques and designing probes for ultrasonic inspection of test objects, mostly for nuclear power plants.
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