Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student can:

-Apply the physical fundaments of the main NDT techniques;

-Identify the variants of the main NDT techniques;

-Select the NDT techniques and main operational parameters for different industrial applications;

-Interpret with criteria the results from inspection;

-Identify the most common and critical defects from the general industrial applications;

-Predict the morphology, localization and dimension of the defects considering the type of material and manufacturing techniques.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Pedro Santos Vilaca da Silva

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pedro Santos Vilaca da Silva

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Non-destructive testing (NDT) has a number of important roles to play in ensuring the through-life quality and reliability of many important products whose integrity is of paramount importance. The traditional role of NDT in quality control during manufacture - predominantly defect detection - has been complemented in recent years with increasingly important inspections in-service on plant and equipment at varying stages through life. The correct application of NDT can prevent accidents, save lives, protect the environment and avoid economic loss.

    NDT and inspection are vital functions in achieving the goals of efficiency and quality at an acceptable cost. In many cases, these functions are highly critical: painstaking procedures are adopted to provide the necessary degree of quality assurance. The consequences of failure of engineering materials, components and structures are well known and can be disastrous.

    In the present course the students will review the physical fundaments of the main NDT techniques and will be presented to the most relevant variants of the conventional NDT techniques. Focus will be given to the establishment of the morphology, localization and dimension of the defects typical in many engineering materials and resulting from the application of several manufacturing techniques.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Final Grade =

    0.5 x max (final exam grade; special project grade) +

    0.2 X continuous evaluation grade from answers to theory seminar questions +

    0.3 X continuous evaluation grade from laboratory reports

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Preparation of lecture = 10 h
    • Lectures (contact sessions) = 27 h
    • Literature exploration to support the answering to the questions from continuous evaluation = 17 h
    • Preparation of laboratorial exercises = 8 h
    • Laboratory exercises (contact sessions) = 8 h
    • Reporting the laboratory exercises = 24 h
    • Analytical exercises (contact sessions) = 10 h
    • Preparation for exam + exam = 30 h (also possible to replace by Special Project for deep learning approach)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


    -ASM Handbook, Nondestructive Evaluation and Quality Control , Volume 17, ASM Handbook.


    -European Federation for NDT (EFNDT), Overall NDT Quality System , EFNDT Guidelines, 2008. (;

    -American Society for NDT (ASNDT). (;

    -I. N. Prassianakis, NDT Means Economy and Safety in a Contemporary, Free, Peaceful and Democratic Society , proceedings of 4th International NDT Conference of the Hellenic Society of Non Destructive Testing, Creete, 2007.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    KON-67.4112 and KON-67.3301 - Rikkomattomat tarkastusmenetelmät (NDT)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Completed courses on fundaments of:

    • Science and Engineering of Materials
    • Physics (mechanics and electromagnetism)
    • General Chemistry
    • Manufacturing: Cutting, Forging, Forming, Additive, Welding and Casting 

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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