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News items submitted by local sections for the month of January 2015

Central Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Approximately 15 people attended the first technical meeting of the Central Alabama Section on 5 November at the University of Ultrasonics, Hoover, Alabama. The guest speaker was Parrish Furr. He is an ASNT NDT Level III in the UT, MT, PT, and RT methods and an American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector. He gave a lecture on “AWS D1.1/D1.5 Phased Array Examinations.”

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Members of the Central Alabama Section met in November for a presentation on American Welding Society exams.


Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section hosted 24 members and guests at its 10 November meeting at Hickory Tavern in Charlotte, North Carolina. Section Chair Roy Duce welcomed everyone and thanked Metallurgical Technologies, Inc. (MTi), the meeting sponsor. The honored guests were Sam Pendergrass, president, and Robb Porter, associate materials engineer, from MTi, located in Mooresville, North Carolina. Pendergrass and Porter gave a presentation, titled “NDT Used in Forensic Investigations of Metallurgical Failures.” The presentation featured forensic metallurgical failure analysis and scanning electron microscopy images of NASCAR racecar components, gun frame castings, and pipe welds that have failed. MTi provides customers with root cause failure analysis.

Robb Porter (left) received a guest speaker award from Section Chair Roy Duce at the November meeting of the Charlotte Section.


Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 10 November with 24 guests and members in attendance at Mack’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant in Elmhurst, Illinois.

The guest speaker, Dave Geis, product manager from Magnaflux Corp., discussed the latest developments in penetrant for a better performance test standard. Geis addressed the problems associated with the current test standard being used by most companies (the starburst pattern type test panel) and demonstrated gross misuse by contamination, over washing, and over drying without test failure.

Geis then introduced a new test panel type with small electro-discharge machined (EDM) holes with various sizes and aspect ratios. The need for a test standard panel to have three specific characteristics—sufficient sensitivity, reproducibility, and repeatability—was emphasized and highlighted. The panels were processed with water washable penetrants and a good correlation was achieved, especially changing to higher sensitivity penetrants. Substantial testing was performed to establish confidence levels and probability of detection. Abusive test conditions did demonstrate sufficient visible degradation of the new panel indications. Further testing with post-emulsified and visible dye penetrant is required to determine additional usage with these penetrant systems. Round-robin and beta testing is being planned with aerospace prime contractors and other nondestructive testing facilities as well as with AIA Committee K.

Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson presented guest speaker Dave Geis with a desktop award of the City of Chicago.

Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

Thirty-three members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee’s 19 November meeting at the Groton Elks Lodge. During the social hour, Magnaflux representative Greg Burdick and Section Chair John Moran introduced the second principles, applications, and limitations program to the attendees. The use of an ultraviolet (UV) lamp and the reading of a tam panel were items on hand. Those in attendance had a chance to use the UV lamp in reading the panel and witnessed its ease of use during inspection. Prior to the guest speaker’s presentation, Three Rivers College’s professor and students from Norwich, Connecticut, as well as visiting members from the U.S. Navy and fellow ASNT members from the Hartford, Boston, and Narragansett sections were recognized.

The speaker of the evening was Burdick, the northeast regional manager for Magnaflux. Burdick explained to the audience the process checks required in the performance of the liquid penetrant inspection process, the different types of penetrant available, and the equipment necessary to obtain results. Burdick was presented a Mystic Seaport deck prism (a reproduction from the Charles W. Morgan) for providing this Greinformative lecture.

Connecticut Yankee
Connecticut Yankee Section Chair John Moran (left) presented a deck prism to Greg Burdick.

Great Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, Utah

On 21 October, the Great Salt Lake Section met at the Joy Luck restaurant. Eight members and students were in attendance to listen to a presentation given by Shawn Jefferds, the west coast regional sales manager of the Mistras Group. Jefferds gave a PowerPoint presentation discussing acoustic emission testing performed on the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. He gave an overview of the needs for long-term monitoring of the bridge and why other nondestructive testing methods were not used. The presentation was interesting and very informative. He also had several different acoustic emission instruments available to look at. The Section greatly appreciates Jefferds’s willingness to come out and present at its meeting.

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Great Salt Lake Section guest speaker Shawn Jefferds, who presented about acoustic emission testing.

Hampton Roads

Newport News, Virginia

The Hampton Roads Section met on 11 November at the Peking International Restaurant, in Hampton, Virginia. The guest speaker was William Boze, founder and manager of the AMGroup within Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Energy subsidiary. Boze presented a PowerPoint presentation on the topic of “Coupling of Laser Scanning with a Feature-based Modeling Environment for Aboveground Storage Tank Inspection and Repair.”

North Carolina Student Section

Charlotte, North Carolina

During the week of 26–30 October at the ASNT Annual Conference, held in Charleston, South Carolina, 11 students from the North Carolina Student Section were able to spend their time volunteering as session monitors, visiting the many exhibits, interviewing with potential employers, and making lasting connections with other members of ASNT. The students truly enjoyed learning how the Society conducts the events, from the welcome reception through the meetings, short courses, and exhibits, right down to the awards banquet, with great food and spirits along the way.

Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

On 24 November, the Old Dominion Section held a meeting at the Italian Kitchen in Mechanicsville, Virginia. The meeting was attended by 12 members and guests. Attendees discussed current Section business and received a presentation on new applications, installations, and technology developments in regards to structural health monitoring. There was greater than usual interest, resulting in numerous questions that kept the Section at the restaurant past closing time. Overall, it was a successful meeting.

Old Dominion
Claude Napier (left), assistant bridge division engineer in charge of inspection and inventory at the Virginia Department of Transportation, attended as a guest of Bill Via (right) and the Old Dominion Section in November.

Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest Section’s second technical meeting of the 2014–2015 program year was held 8 October. The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport – Southcenter hosted 23 meeting attendees, including six students from ASNT Corporate Partner Clover Park Vocational Technical College. The materials science group, which includes nondestructive testing, is now located at the South Hill Campus in Puyallup, Washington. Along with instructors Lise Musson and Charles Musson, the group gathered to listen to a presentation by Marian Larson. Larson, representing Echo Ultrasonics, LLC, provided an informative presentation on various forms of ultrasonic couplants, titled “Ultrasonic Couplant… The Critical Link.” Her presentation included couplants that maintain viscosity from –50 to 1025 °F (–46 to 552 °C), some with no ignition point, others with a very high flash point, and yet others with no silicones or plastic polymers.

Dinner was enjoyed prior to Larson’s presentation. At the conclusion of her presentation, Section Vice Chair Chris Black presented Larson with an ASNT pen and pencil set.

As a meeting attendance incentive, $30 is added to a fund at each meeting towards a year-end drawing of $240 from those who sign the guestbook at each meeting.

Pacific Northwest
From left: Paul May, past Pacific Northwest Section Chair Bill Wahmuth, and Clover Park Technical College Materials Science instructor Chuck Musson listened intently as speaker Marian Larson (standing) explained the importance of auto-ignition of couplants.

San Diego

San Diego, California

On 4 November the San Diego Section hosted its second Section technical meeting for the 2014–2015 year at the Best Western Seven Seas hotel, with 12 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Larry Olsen, and the title of his talk was “Foreign Object Damage/Foreign Object Elimination: A Visual Inspection Process.” The presentation covered the basic of foreign objects, foreign object damage, and foreign object elimination with regards to the aerospace industry and applicable industry standards imposed by aerospace prime contractors.

A discussion was held on inspection processes and values as related to not only the aerospace industry but also how foreign objects have an effect on other industries and day-to-day life experiences.

Section Chair Hans Weber presented Olsen with a certificate of appreciation and a gift for his presentation. In addition to the evening’s technical presentation, Weber and Section Treasurer Aurapong (Jerry) McAnulty presented on the state of the Section.

The meeting closed with a raffle of prizes and 50/50 cash raffle. All in attendance had a great time.

Saudi Arabian

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Arabian Section held its fourth technical dinner meeting for the fiscal year 2014–2015 on 22 October at the Dhahran Palace Hotel, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The meeting was attended by 25 members and guests and was sponsored by the Section.

Section Board Chair Mohammad A. Al Salih inaugurated the meeting and started with a warm welcome to everybody. He elaborated on some of the announcements, especially the upcoming Saudi Arabian Level III exam. He also announced that there would be a short course radiographic testing film interpretation course, which took place 29 November at the Dhahran Palace Hotel.

Al Salih then invited Fathi E. Al Qadeeb to start his presentation on “Updates on the 7th [Middle East Nondestructive Testing] MENDT Conference at Bahrain in September 2015.”

After the presentation, the normal question and answer period was allowed, and an appreciation plaque was presented to the speaker. Afterwards, all members and non-members of the Section and the NACE Dhahran Saudi Arabian section retired to have an excellent buffet dinner specially prepared by the Dhahran Palace Hotel, Dhahran.

Saudi Arabian
M.J. Anjum (seated), Saudi Arabian Section secretary and chair of the President Award Program, was busy during registration on 22 October at Dhahran Palace Hotel, Dhahran.

Southern Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Southern Africa Section had a committee meeting on 19 November. The main focus of the meeting was to make plans for 2015, which is a very special year for the Section, since it began 20 years ago in 1995. There are plans set for a day in May with talks, exhibition stands, and an evening black tie function. It is hoped that many overseas ASNT members will join the celebrations. The committee hopes to make a short trip to a game park for visitors for a couple of days after the event.

Garth Appel came back from the ASNT Annual Conference this year with a bronze award for the Section. He presented it to the committee at the meeting.

Section Highlight

Student participation is always a welcomed and important part of the ASNT Annual Conference. In addition to gaining valuable insight and connections in the nondestructive testing industry, student members are a vital part of the volunteer effort that keeps ASNT conferences running smoothly.

North Carolina Student
Members of the North Carolina Student Section attended the ASNT Annual Conference: (from left) instructor Rand Ernst, Sharyn Spinner, Remy Kosongo, John Royko, James Bardyn, Zack Philemon, instructor Dick Hooper (in back), Bradley Brandt, Stevie Alexis, and Brandon Moore.