Charlotte, North Carolina
The Charlotte Section held a technical meeting virtually on 12 January with 13 attendees. Guest Speaker Ricky L. Morgan gave a captivating presentation on “Why Infrastructure and Amusement Ride Projects Rely on Sound NDT Practices for Life Safety and Expected Service Life.”
The Charlotte Section held a virtual technical meeting on 12 January.
The Chicago sections of ASNT and the American Welding Society (AWS) met jointly using a virtual platform on 8 February with 22 guests and members in attendance. The guest speaker for the evening was Stuart A. Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection Co., located in Bensenville, Illinois.
Kleven’s presentation was titled “Additive Manufacture and NDT of Aerospace Components.” The talk was centered on the new ASTM E3166 standard developed by ASTM Committees E07, E08, and F42 and AWS Specification D20.1 for additive manufacturing and inspection. Additive manufacturing is rapidly growing in popularity as a manufacturing process for complicated parts. The tremendous cost savings and improved mechanical properties are driving forces in the advancement of these manufacturing methods. With the advancements, the part designers are also pushing the limits with respect to defect sizes permitted. With the new processes there are different types of discontinuities that must be detected and evaluated. This has caused companies to investigate new methods and techniques for detection, such as computed tomography, thermography, eddy current testing, and process-compensated resonance testing. The surface condition of as-built parts also affects the inspection results. The surfaces are not as smooth as traditional parts in some cases and can mask discontinuities. The new ASTM document provides tables and charts that highlight which methods and techniques could be employed to find specific types of discontinuities.
A case study of a critical aerospace component was also highlighted during the talk, employing computed digital X-ray inspection, computed tomography, pre-penetrant etching, penetrant inspection, and final chemical conversion coating
Twenty-four people gathered virtually for a meeting held on 11 February. The speaker was Fahmy Haggag of ABI Services LLC. He spoke on in situ, nondestructive testing using the automated ball indentation (ABI) test technique. This is a mechanical test for determining tensile and fracture toughness of in-service steel pipelines. In addition to fitness-for-service assessment of aging pipelines, ABI tests are also applicable for the quality assurance/control of girth welds of newly constructed pipelines, including high-strength steels such as grades X80 to X120.
Great Salt Lake
Salt Lake City, Utah
On 16 February, the Great Salt Lake Section met virtually. Fourteen members were in attendance to listen to a presentation given by Paul Hayes, the owner of Sinewave Solution. Hayes gave a presentation discussing full matrix capture ultrasonic techniques. The presentation was very interesting and informative. The Section greatly appreciates Hayes’s willingness to present at its meeting.
The Greater Houston Section met on 10 February at Republic Grill at Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park, Texas. There were 25 in-person attendees. Section Past Chair Bonnie M. Blanchard-Witter opened the meeting with several announcements followed by individual introductions around the room. Daly Souissi of Olympus gave a dynamic presentation about corrosion-resistant alloy inspection using advanced techniques.
The India Section successfully conducted its third technical meeting for the program year 2020–2021 via videoconferencing on 27 February. The topic was “Application of High Energy Sources with Digital Detectors”, and members in attendance were around 80. The speaker was Section Chair B. Venkataramanan, ASNT NDT Level III. The session was very interactive.
The India Section listened to a presentation titled “Application of High-Energy Sources with Digital Detectors” at its February meeting.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
The Kuwait Section met virtually on 19 January. The purpose of the meeting was the inauguration of the Section’s LinkedIn page. Section Chair Nayef Ma’ashi Al-Enezi expressed his thanks to all Section officers and members for the team effort. Section Vice Chair Abdul Wahab Al-Ahmad expressed his thanks and recognized the efforts of Mohammed Taqiuddin, Abdul Salam Ahmed, Dhananjaya Mani Tripathi, Shanmugom S. Murugan, and all other Section officers for their hard work to design, create, and finalize the LinkedIn page, which will be used to post section activities, events, training, and recruitment and job opportunities.
The Miami Valley Section met on 3 February to hear a presentation titled “Bond Testing Imaging Methods” by Regional Director, Region 11, Gary E. Mathias of NDT Systems Inc. There were 17 members and guests in attendance at the virtual meeting. The meeting was highly successful in accommodating the audience, with a lively discussion taking place after the presentation.
On 14 January, members and quests of the Minnesota Section convened via an online platform for a technical presentation titled “Cleaning and Photography of PSM-5 Tam Panels” by Brenda L. Collins of Sherwin Inc. Collins delivered an exceptional presentation and fielded a plethora of technical questions pertaining to the proper use, care, and photographic documentation of PSM-5 Tam panels. The Section would like to thank Collins for her informative presentation on one of the most recognized KDS panels used in liquid penetrant testing.
Schenectady, New York
On 4 November, the Mohawk Hudson Section’s virtual meeting consisted of a presentation by Camaron Lemmer (North Star Imaging Inc.) on “Computed Tomography’s Role in the Development & Qualification of AM Processes & Products.” There were 12 people in attendance. Computed tomography (CT) is currently being employed in applications ranging from new process development through the final inspection of additive manufactured (AM) products. Extensive studies have been performed using CT to help detect, classify, and better understand the types and sizes of discontinuities found within various AM processes. Critical product applications not only demand confidence in the internal integrity of the product, but also in the internal and external metrology data. CT is a technology that can provide both for many applications. The presentation included examples of where CT is being applied in both metal and polymer additive manufacturing, and the application of micro-CT to high-energy CT. Additionally, an overview of North Star Imaging’s Marlborough, Massachusetts office, and other US-based labs was provided.
The North Alabama Section held a joint meeting with the Central Alabama Section of ASNT via an online platform on 21 January. The Section was awarded a bronze-level President’s Award for the 2019—2020 program year. For the technical portion of the meeting, Nicholas J. Bublitz of Veriphase Inc. (treasurer of the Central Alabama Section) presented an introduction to time of flight diffraction.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
The North Atlantic Section held a virtual meeting on 22 February with 14 members and guests in attendance. A technical presentation was given by Alan Parker of Guided Ultrasonics titled “Corrosion/Erosion Trending for Asset Management and Optimisation.”
Northern New England
Newington, New Hampshire
Members from the Northern New England Section plus the Capital of Texas, Connecticut Yankee, Los Alamos, and Piedmont Sections participated in two sessions during the month of January.
The Section hosted a technical session on 7 January, and attended a technical session hosted by the Capital of Texas Section on 14 January. The 7 January presentation was titled “NDT (MT) in the Ski and Snowboard Industry,” presented by Gregory W. Floor of the Great Salt Lake Section and of Wasatch NDT LLC. The 14 January presentation was titled “A Review and Introduction of Advanced Ultrasonic Techniques” given by Scott D. Miller, chair of the Capital of Texas Section.
The Old Dominion Section held its sixth meeting of the 2020–2021 program year on 22 February via an online platform. The technical part of the meeting included a presentation by Noah Fredette and Logan Freeman of IXM Americas on “X-ray Technology and Advancements in X-ray Generation.” The presentation was followed by a Q&A session. A total of 20 people were at the meeting, including ASNT members from Ohio and New Hampshire.
The Pacific Northwest Section held a virtual meeting on 9 February with 14 members and guests in attendance. Attendees listened to a presentation on “Activated Automated Analysis,” given by Jesus Hernandez of Zetec. The video presentation was shown, followed by a lively discussion among attendees. After the discussion, the Section held a 30-minute networking time for all attendees.
The Pacific Northwest Section learned about automated analysis at its 9 February meeting.
The Rockford Stateline Section met in-person and virtually on 9 February. There were 13 in attendance, including members and nonmembers from Singapore and Canada. Section Chair Joel A. Mohnacky of Collins Aerospace introduced guest speaker James Dowd of REL Inc. REL is a manufacturer of automation equipment for penetrant systems and chemical processing. His talk for the evening was titled “Industry 4.0 in NDT.” The discussion covered definitions, a review of data collection, and how relevant data collection is to the optimization of automation processes within the penetrant system and increased throughput to the inspectors.
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
The Saudi Arabian Section held its seventh technical meeting of the 2020–2021 program year on 26 January. The meeting was conducted via an online platform and was attended by 88 members and guests. This meeting held was in partnership with Olympus EMEA. Sabri Baba, advanced NDT manager at Olympus America Inc., delivered a presentation titled “New Inspection Approach According to Revised API Recommended Practice 941 by Using Olympus HTHA Probes.” A Q&A session and raffle drawing for the participants followed the presentation.
Sabri Baba presented on a new inspection approach using HTHA probes at the Saudi Arabian Section’s 26 January meeting.
Johannesburg, South Africa
The Southern Africa Section had a very productive meeting via an online platform on 26 February. The meeting was attended by its Regional Director, Region 18, Mark A. Ormrod, who was very helpful to the Section by giving advice on different ways that it can attract members. Many new and exciting ideas were exchanged—for example, a technical quiz, for members to bring along a potential member to meetings, technical updates, and mentoring. The Section will postpone its successful annual golf day until 2022. It was a small meeting, but a lot of topics were covered. Everyone came away with new inspiration.
The Rockford Stateline Section met in-person and virtually on 9 February. There were 13 in attendance, including members and nonmembers from Singapore and Canada. James Dowd of REL Inc. presented on “Industry 4.0 in NDT.”
James Dowd of REL Inc. (left) and Rockford Stateline Section Chair Joel A. Mohnacky at the Section’s February meeting.