The Center for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) develops noninvasive methods and instruments for assessing the integrity of structures and materials. The Center’s mission is to pursue research that defines underlying principles of nondestructive evaluation technologies and to transfer those technologies to industry, promoting the integration of nondestructive evaluation with other disciplines so that a product’s lifetime reliability is enhanced. Research areas include ultrasonic techniques, electromagnetic techniques (including microwave and terahertz), thermal techniques (including vibrothermography), radiographic techniques, magnetic techniques, dye penetrant techniques, signal processing, embedded sensors, probability of detection, and integration with structural health monitoring. NDE techniques are developed for flaw detection and characterization as well as material property characterization. Applications to all materials systems, metals, ceramics and composites are under investigation. This work is performed in collaboration with a large number of industrial and academic partners in the U.S. and, increasingly, abroad. CNDE’s outputs include improved understanding of inspection physics, new inspection concepts, prototype instrumentation, simulation software and a variety of educational offerings. Among the latter are an emerging program in NDE distance education and the development of a web-based focal point for technical education in NDE under the support of NSF. The Center seeks other areas that can benefit from NDE applications, such as agricultural, animal science, and biomedical areas. CNDE is the site of one of NSF’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers, which conducts generic, pre-competitive research for about 20 industrial and government sponsors. The work of CNDE also includes major programs sponsored by AFRL (Quantitative Inspection Technology) and ARL (NDE of Multi-Utility Materials) and is closely coupled to that of the FAA sponsored Airworthiness Assurance Center of Excellence. CNDE is a center of the Institute for Physical Research and Technology, a network of research and technology-transfer centers and industrial-outreach programs at Iowa State University.
Website URL: http://www.cnde.iastate.edu