Non-Destructive Testing (M.Sc.)

Expert knowledge on an international level

With its various methods non-destructive testing is a fundamental component of the quality assurance and control in many areas of the industry today. The step by step courses for examiners offered by the German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP) are an established and good basis for operational practice. Increasingly, however, more complete testing strategies have to be developed and implemented. In Germany and many other parts of the world, no adequate academic training has been available for the required engineering personnel. This gap is closed by the university course offered by the Dresden International University (DIU).

Target Group

  • This course is designed for successful graduates, from engineering, materials science, geoscience, applied physics or related fields and also for people who are working already in the NDT field and those who are seeking careers and advanced specialization in mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering, as well as in highly diverse companies in transportation, energy (including nuclear), chemistry, micro- and nanoelectronics, and public safety facilities, and more. The successful completion of the degree entitles the student to work in the research field as well as in practice in industry.

Advantages

Overview of the study contents

Modul 1 - Material Science (6 ETCS)

The micro- and meso-structures of metallic, polymer and composite materials are explained, and the related properties are described. The course delivers a general understanding of metallic, polymeric, and composite materials and the interaction of elastic or electromagnetic waves considered in NDT with the different kinds of materials structure.

Modul 2 - Measurement Techniques (6 ETCS)

The module covers the physical and electrical basics of different measurement technology, techniques and instruments, and the principles of their operation and application. The second part of the module deals with the statistical treatments of measuring results, measuring error, error propagation and reliability.

Modul 3 - Mechanics (6 ETCS)

The module addresses the general understanding of mechanical phenomena to be considered in NDT. This mainly includes the physics of waves in general, sound and vibration based on mechanical waves in the terms of vibration modes, guided waves and acoustic bulk waves as well as the determination of stresses and strains, fatigue and fracture in materials and components. Topics such as damage tolerance design, fatigue, fracture, notches, linear elastic and elastic-plastic material behavior, load sequence analysis and generation, damage accumulation, fatigue life evaluation, crack propagation analysis, multi-axial stress –strain behavior, and much more will be addressed. Hardware aspects will be referred to as well. Students will be able to understand fatigue analysis and evaluation to a level that they are ready to use it along their daily work. It is attempted to generate a broad basic knowledge of the physical fundamentals of the acoustic and electromagnetic methods to be taught in Term 2

Modul 4 - Numerical Methods & Signal Processing (6 ETCS)

The course objective is to repeat the fundamentals and to strengthen the skills in the numerical mathematics as well as to develop fundamental knowledge in signal processing.

Modul 5 - Introduction into NDT & Quality Management (6 ETCS)

The module covers an overview of the different NDT techniques being applied and gives an insight into standardization and certification as well as quality management. The student will understand the fundamentals of the different NDT techniques considered and the role of and need for standardization, certification and quality management processes being involved in NDT as well as the quality management process in general.

Modul 6 - Acoustic Methods (6 ETCS)

The scope of the lectures is to impart complex knowledge about Non Destructive Testing (NDT) of construction elements and materials with the aid of acoustic methods. This also includes to learn, understand and apply advanced methods in ultrasonic testing with special emphasis on phased array and imaging techniques. The lecture contents include ultrasonic excitation, wave propagation in solids, beam focusing and directional intromission of ultrasound and deals with typical principles of ultrasonic transducers and measurement methods. It further includes phased array monitoring techniques including sampling phased array, air coupled ultrasonics, laser ultrasonics, guided waves and various methods of sensor signal imaging. The students are taught to select appropriate measurement methods for practical inspection tasks and design, modify and test adequate measurement set-ups.

Modul 7 - Electromagnetic Methods (6 ETCS)

The module covers the physical and electrical engineering basics of magnetic, electro magnetic, eddy current and microwave magnetic test methods, including hardware and applications. Structure and mode of action of the different micro-magnetic test systems and their application are covered. After participating in this module, students will be in the position to understand the possible applications of electromagnetic test methods and use those for flaw detection and material characterization.

Modul 8 - Optical Methods (6 ETCS)

The module is targeted at the fundamentals of optics and optoelectronics from a theoretical, numerical and experimental point of view. A major focus will be on applications in electronics. Hardware aspects will also be of significance. Students will be able to understand optoelectronics to a level that they are ready to use it along their daily work.

Modul 9 - Thermal & Microscopical Methods (6 ETCS)

The module is targeted at the fundamentals of thermography and microscopy from a theoretical, numerical and experimental point of view. A major focus will be on applications in electronics. Principles and operating mode of systems for non-contact temperature measurement (pyrometer and thermography cameras) are described. Hardware aspects will also be of significant importance. Students will be able to understand thermography and microscopy to a level that they are ready to use it along their daily work.

Modul 10 - BC-Course

The module represents the basis of a Level 3 certification in accordance with the German Society of NDT (DGZfP). It also applies to Level-2 inspectors as well as next generation leaders in the fields of inspection supervision, technical management, quality management or procurement officers. Following the high responsibility of a Level 3 inspector this module targets at providing a solid basic knowledge regarding NDT. The module is run over four weeks and consists of lectures, presentations, and exercises where a profound insight will be provided into ten NDT methods including practical applications based on real world examples. Topics regarding personnel, laboratory and materials management with respect to NDT are an add-on to be taught along the module as well.

Modul 11 - Research Internship (15 ETCS)

The module consists of hands-on research work to be performed within a major research institution such as BAM, Fraunhofer or any others through the lecturers of the course who perform qualified scientific and engineering work with R&D needs in the field of NDT. The topic to be worked on must be defined by the hosting institution and must include mainly work being related to NDT addressing the student’s skills trained so far to be applied within a true operational environment. The topic must be described regarding the title, contents and outcome on no more than two pages clearly addressing the objectives and must be approved by the course director. Results of the research internship must be summarized in a research report and must be presented in front of an auditorium at the end of the semester.

Master's Thesis (30 ETCS)

The module consists of scientific work to be performed at the student’s originating university or upon request by a major research institution such as BAM, Fraunhofer or any others through the lecturers of the course who performed qualified scientific and engineering work with R&D needs in the field of NDT. The topic to be worked on is proposed by the hosting institution and must be approved by the DIU scientific director of the program and must clearly address a scientific challenge in NDT. The topic must be described regarding the title, contents and outcome on no more than two pages clearly addressing the objectives. Results of the master thesis must be summarized in a research report and must be presented in front of an auditorium and an assessment committee at the end of the semester.

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Lecturers

Lukasz Ambrozinski - Department of Robotics and Mechatronics AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Prof. Dr. Christian Boller -Lehrstuhl für zerstörungsfreie Prüfung und Qualitätssicherung (LZfPQ), Universität des Saarlandes Campus Dudweiler, Saarbrücken, Germany

Dr. Carsten Becker-Willinger -Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH, Saarbrücken, Germany

Prof. Dr. Gerd Dobmann -Senior Scientific Consultant, Saarbrücken, Germany

Prof. Dr. Uwe Ewert -formerly Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Philippe Guy -Laboratoire Vibrations Acoustique INSA-Lyon, Villeurbanne, France

Dirk Henn -Fraunhofer-Institut for Non-Destructive Testing IZFP, Saarbrücken, Germany

Prof. Dr. Johann Hinken -FI Test- und Messtechnik GmbH, Magdeburg, Germany

Dr. Ralf Holstein -Managing Director of DGZfP Ausbildung und Training GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Malgorzata Kopycinska-Müller - Fraunhofer IKTS, Dresden, Germany (Microscopy)

Prof. Dr. Andrzej Klepka -Department of Robotics and Mechatronics AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

Dr. Andreas Kupsch -Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Christian Kübel - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany (Microscopy)

Dr. Fabien Léonard -University of Manchester, UK

Prof. Dr. Michael Schuth -Hochschule Trier, Germany

Prof. PD Dr. habil. Peter Starke -Hochschule Kaiserslautern, Germany

Prof. Tadeusz Stepinski -AGH Cracow/Poland (Acoustic Imaging), Krakow, Poland             

Prof. Dr. Volker Trappe -Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany     

Prof. Frank Walther -TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany                

Dr. Mathias Ziegler -Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung, Berlin, Germany

Dr. Uwe Zscherpel - Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Berlin, Germany

Admission requirements

  • Master’s / Bachelor’s Degree (4 years or 180 credit points) preferably in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, material sciences , geological science, applied physics as well as related subjects
  • Proficiency in English language (level IELTS 6.0, TOEFL iBT79)
  • Practical experience in non-destructive testing (NDT) or even destructive testing is advantageous

Scholarship Information

  • Various kinds of DAAD funding for foreign students, graduates and postdocs as well as on funding offered by other selected organisations
  • IAEA Scholarship up tp 20,000 €: IAEA (Internat. Atomic Energy Agency) has been offering again the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (MSCF) for which suitable female candidates can apply.

    Since 14th of July, 2023 the IAEA (Internat. Atomic Energy Agency) has been offering again the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship (MSCF) for which suitable female candidates can apply. The aim of the programme is to increase the number of women in the field of nuclear engineering. Selected students will receive a scholarship to pursue master's degrees in nuclear-related programmes at accredited universities. There is also the opportunity to complete an internship of up to 12 months arranged by the IAEA. DIU's NDT master´s programme will be definitely considered for the scholarship, which is an excellent opportunity for young women to become part of our NDT programme, work in an exciting field of application and target towards a professional career at international level.

    Students are awarded up to €20,000 for tuition costs and up to €20,000 for living costs for the master’s programme for the academic years 2023/24 and 2024/2025. Therefore, take a close look at the site and take the chance applying for it. Further information can be found on the following webpage: Homepage der IAEA für das MSCF-Programm.

    The deadline for applications is 30.09.2024.
    More information: Please contact  Caroline Heller (DIU Study Advisory) via mail studyadvisory@di-uni.de

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    Degree:
    Master of Science (M.Sc.)
    Place of study: 
    Dresden and Online
    Start of study:
    01. October 2024
    Duration:
    4 semesters
     
     
    Credit points:
    120 points
    program type:
    full time
    Tuition fee:
    895 € per month
     
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    The lectures take place for the most part in presence and online. Study materials are made available to students to enable asynchronous self-organized learning. Lecture-free period phases during the summer and Christmas periods.

    The team of lecturers in the program includes both top-class scientists and experienced practitioners. In this way, well-founded information from science and research is combined with a high degree of practical relevance.

     

    Participants in this course come from a wide variety of fields and can greatly benefit from diverse learning groups, to expand their horizon. We offer interdisciplinary exchange in a relaxed atmosphere.

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