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Section News

January 2019

News items submitted by local sections for the month of January 2019

Air Capital

Wichita, Kansas

At the October meeting of the Air Capital Section, 18 attendees listened to Gary S. LeMay’s presentation on a new technique for ultrasonic detection of peel ply at the bondline of autoclave composite assemblies. The meeting was at the Rusty Eck Ford community room in Wichita, Kansas, with dinner provided by the Section. The presentation was well received with all members. Section leadership hopes to invite LeMay to present again in the future as more of his projects move along.


Capital of Texas

Austin, Texas

Eighteen members and guests attended the Capital of Texas Section’s meeting on 1 November at the Hideaway Kitchen and Bar restaurant in Austin, Texas, to listen to presentations and demonstrations of various Olympus technologies. Technology demonstrations featured industrial microscopes demonstrated by James Collins; alloy analyzers including X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction technologies and remote visual inspection demonstrated by Dave Wargo; and UT thickness, flaw detection, and phased array technologies demonstrated by Chuck Anderson. The students who attended from Austin Community College were given hands-on demonstrations of these systems while learning about each technology’s use in different industries in the United States and abroad.

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The Capital of Texas Section held a meeting on 1 November that featured presentations on Olympus technologies, including a demonstration on industrial microscopes given by James Collins (left), pictured here with Section Director Ronald J. Hayden.


Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

The Charlotte Section held its 24th Annual Shrimp Boil and kick-off meeting on 12 October at FlawTech. The incoming officers Justin M. McCall (secretary), Kirsten Groenewald (treasurer), and Bradley W. Brandt (vice chair) were introduced by Dick Hooper (section chair). The introductions were followed by a quick summary of the Section’s standing with the President’s Award program, financial status, and new aspects of monthly meetings in hopes of increasing attendance.

The Section was happy to have then-incoming ASNT President Scott P. Cargill join for the evening and give a speech about his journey in NDT. There were a total of 49 attendees, which included three past ASNT Presidents, six students, ASNT members, and spouses.

The rest of the evening was spent enjoying the boil, which was cooked by longtime member Robert W. Smilie. As usual, there were several FlawTech employees to help Smilie with the large amount of food that is prepared every year. Local musician “Hacksaw Jones” played a solo acoustic guitar set for the duration of the evening.


Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Section met on 12 November with 19 guests and members in attendance at the Crazy Pour restaurant in Villa Park, Illinois. The guest speaker for the evening was Stuart A. Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection Co., Bensenville, Illinois. Kleven’s presentation was titled “NDT of Additively Manufactured Parts for Aerospace Applications.” The talk was centered on the new ASTM guide being developed by ASTM Committees E07, E08, and F42 for inspection of additively manufactured parts. Additive manufacturing is rapidly growing in popularity as a manufacturing process for complicated parts. The tremendous cost savings as well as improved mechanical properties is the driving force in the advancement of these manufacturing methods. With the advancements, the part designers are also pushing the limits with respect to discontinuity 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 techniques for detection, such as computed tomography, thermography, eddy current, 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 document provides tables and charts that highlight which techniques can be employed to find specific types of discontinuities. A number of actual inspection cases were also highlighted during the talk, employing computed tomography and software for evaluation of voids and their volume and effect on total part density.

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Stuart A. Kleven of Alloyweld Inspection (right) received an award of appreciation from Chicago Section Chair Chuck Johnson of Karden Sales for his presentation at the Section’s 12 November meeting.


Connecticut Yankee

Groton, Connecticut

Forty-four members and guests attended the Connecticut Yankee Section joint meeting with the American Welding Society (AWS) at the Groton Elks Lodge 2163 on 14 November in Groton, Connecticut. In attendance were Connecticut Yankee members; AWS members from Groton, Hartford, Narragansett Bay, and the Boston area; and two new ASNT members from Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Connecticut. Section Chair Rachel L. Taylor outlined parliamentary order to be followed during the meeting before introducing the guest speaker Albert J. Moore, Jr. Moore is an AWS Senior Certified Welding Inspector and Welding Instructor and a Level III in radiography, ultrasonic, penetrant, magnetic particle, and visual inspection. He gave an enlightened presentation on the responsibilities of a verification inspector, including drawing interpretation (including welding and NDT symbols), review of weld specifications, and monitoring welding operations. Taylor presented an ASNT jacket to Moore in appreciation for this in-depth presentation.

Connecticut Yankee
Albert J. Moore, Jr. (left) received an ASNT jacket from Connecticut Yankee Section Chair Rachel L. Taylor (right) for his presentation at the Section’s 14 November meeting.


Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Section held a meeting on 11 October at Nikon Metrology Inc. in Brighton, Michigan. Andrew Ramsey, X-ray/CT consultant at Nikon Metrology, presented an introduction to high-resolution computed tomography and its applications. The meeting was well attended. The Detroit section would like to thank Nikon Metrology for hosting the meeting and for providing food and beverages.

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Detroit Section Chair Frank M. Wiencek (right) thanked Andrew Ramsey from Nikon Metrology Inc. for his presentation at the Section’s 11 October meeting.


Great Salt Lake

Salt Lake City, Utah

On 16 October, the Great Salt Lake Section met at the Westinghouse Electric Co. in Ogden, Utah. The Section was given a tour by Bern Anderson of Westinghouse’s western zirconium plant. Westinghouse Electric Co. is a leading global supplier of nuclear technology. They provide utility customers around the world with reliable and dependable nuclear power plants, nuclear fuel, plant automation, and operating plant products and services.


Greater Houston

Houston, Texas

The Greater Houston Section met on Wednesday, 10 October. There were 50 people in attendance, consisting of students, members, and guests. The meeting was held at The Republic Grill at Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park, Texas. Prior to the monthly meeting, there was an executive committee meeting called to order by Section Chair John R. Huffman. All committee chairs gave updates on current events being planned for the fall, and both prior meeting minutes and treasury reports were passed and approved.

Huffman opened the October section meeting with several announcements about the future meetings, fall educational opportunities, the Section’s holiday party, and events surrounding the 2018 Annual Conference held in Houston. Manny Williams, rope access and NDT industry expert, gave a presentation entitled “Wind Energy: Why I’m a Big Fan.” The presentation explored topics of rope access and NDT on wind energy assets. Williams has over a decade of experience in creating safe and cost-effective solutions for the industry’s toughest challenges. The presentation was very well received, and the crowd had a lot of questions.

The Section would like to thank the following companies who sponsored the meeting: OceanScan, Accu-Test Labs, AIP, and Mistras.

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Greater Houston Section Chair John R. Huffman (left) thanked Manny Williams for his presentation at the Section’s 10 October meeting.


Greater Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

On 13 November, the Greater Los Angeles Section held a meeting at Geezers Restaurant in Santa Fe Springs, California, with 35 people in attendance. ASNT President Scott P. Cargill presented a video of the inaugural speech that he delivered at the ASNT Annual Conference in Houston, Texas. The video was followed by a question and answer session.


Iowa

Ames, Iowa

Ten members of the Iowa Section met at the Center for Nondestructive Evaluation at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, on 6 November. Anasuya Adibhatla, Ph.D., with Excillum AB, spoke about liquid-metal-jet and high-resolution X-ray source technology for imaging. Adibhatla discussed how high-end X-ray imaging, diffraction, and scattering techniques rely heavily on the X-ray source brightness for resolution and exposure time. As boundaries of technology are pushed forward, samples are becoming smaller, weaker diffracting, and less stable, which puts an additional requirement on even brighter sources. With bright compact sources, time resolved studies could be achieved even in the home laboratory.


Kuwait

Kuwait City, Kuwait

The Kuwait Section held its second technical presentation of the current program year on 20 November at Kohinoor Restaurant in Fahaheel, Kuwait. Section Secretary D.M. Tripathi outlined the agenda of the section meeting, and Indrajit Sisodia introduced the speaker to the audience. Miteshkumar Panchal gave a presentation titled “Use of AUT as an Inspection Tool for Pressure Vessel Manufacturing.” The technical presentation included a wonderful explanation of the NDT practice, and included practical figures and equipment demonstrations. The Section appreciates the presenter for his continuous contribution to the Section as well as to the Kuwait NDT society.

The program was sponsored by Samudraga Surya Prakash, senior engineer at Kuwait Oil Co., and about 46 professionals attended the meeting. S.S. Murugan coordinated all the arrangements; M. Taqiuddin proposed the vote of thanks for the speaker’s presentation.

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Attendees of the Kuwait Section’s 20 November meeting.


Lewis & Clark

Portland, Oregon

Nineteen members from the Lewis and Clark Section met on 13 November at NDE Professionals Inc. to hear a presentation from Richard Woodward from Dürr NDT on digital radiography. There were many highlights from the presentation, including wireless detector capabilities, small detector panels (36 ´ 26 mm) for digital radiography, and even an 8 ´ 10 phantom that is available on the market. The presentation ended with a demo of the Dürr NDT CR solution. The Section would like to thank Dürr NDT for the presentation, as well as NDE Professionals Inc. for supplying the facility and for sponsoring the dinner.

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Lewis & Clark Section Vice Chair David F. Harris (left) thanked Richard Woodward for his presentation at the Section’s 13 November meeting.


Metro New York / Northern New Jersey

Rockville Centre, New York

Twenty-five members attended the Metro NY/Northern New Jersey Section meeting held at SONOTEC US Inc. in Islandia, New York, on 19 September. Manual Lucas with SONOTEC presented on the introduction of air-coupled ultrasonic testing (UT) technology and the application usage specific to UT inspection of aerospace composite structures. He shared knowledge on the recently developed SONOAIR system, which is a phased array, air-coupled, noncontact UT inspection solution.

The Section would like to thank SONOTEC for their hospitality and sharing their technology. The Section would also like to thank Tobias Gautzsch for traveling all the way from Germany to assist in the presentation. He is the application engineer at SONOTEC specializing in advanced ultrasound applications.

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Attendees of the Metro NY/Northern New Jersey Section’s 19 September meeting.


Miami Valley

Cincinnati, Ohio

The Miami Valley Section met on 10 October at Miami Valley Gaming for a very informative presentation on X-ray fluorescence (XRF) by Edward Walker, Olympus America. Seventeen members and guests came out to learn the history and current applications of XRF, including demonstrations using a handheld unit.

Miami Valley
Miami Valley Section Secretary/Treasurer Claudia Kropas-Hughes (right) presented a speaker gift to Edward Walker for his presentation at the 10 October meeting.


Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

On 25 October, 17 members and guests of the Minnesota Section met at the American Legion Post 580 in Chanhassen, Minnesota, for a technical presentation by speaker Jeffrey J. Diehm, cofounder of Avonix Imaging, located in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Diehm’s presentation was titled “Reasonable Expectations” and included an in-depth look at product and service quality using industrial X-ray and CT as an evaluation tool. The presentation focused on the real-world disparity between our expectations of how a product should perform, and the factors that could impact how it actually does perform. The Section would like to thank Diehm and the staff of Avonix Imaging for their excellent technical presentation and section support.

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Attendees of the Minnesota Section’s 17 meeting enjoyed a presentation on product and service quality.


Mohawk Hudson

Schenectady, New York

On 23 October, 17 members and guests of the Mohawk Hudson Section participated in a tour of the NDT Lab at the General Electric (GE) Global Research Headquarters in Niskayuna, New York. The tour included a brief discussion on current and future needs in industrial X-ray imaging, and a tour of the NDT Lab highlighting industrial X-ray and IR imaging, and material characterization tools at GE Global Research. The tour was coordinated by Mark J. Osterlitz, NDE engineer at GE Global Research.

Mohawk Hudson
Attendees of the Mohawk Hudson Section’s 23 October meeting enjoyed a tour of the General Electric Global Research Headquarters.


Narragansett Bay

Providence, Rhode Island

The Narragansett Bay Section held a meeting on 23 October at the Atwood Grill in Johnston, Rhode Island. There were 22 members in attendance to hear a presentation by Allen E. Schuele of OES Asset Integrity Management on guided wave inspection and its applications. ASNT Past President John A. Stringer was in attendance as was Regional Director, Region 1, John P. Moran. All attending enjoyed the talk and asked many questions.

Narragansett Bay
The 23 October meeting of the Narragansett Bay Section featured a presentation by Allen E. Scheule on guided wave inspection. From left: Section Chair Robert A. Feole, Schuele, and Regional Director, Region 1, John P. Moran.


North Carolina Student Section

Charlotte, North Carolina

On 12 October, the North Carolina Student Section met with the Charlotte Section of ASNT for the 24th Annual Shrimp Boil, which kicked off the 2018–2019 year. At this kickoff meeting, the students were able to listen to and speak with ASNT Past Presidents Hussein M. Sadek, Ricky L. Morgan, and Raymond G. Morasse, and then-incoming ASNT President Scott P. Cargill. All of these gentlemen offered advice and stories of their time in the industry. The student club has been very fortunate to have leaders of the NDT industry close to home in order to gain valuable insights into the industry.

North Carolina Student Section
The North Carolina Student Section participated in the 24th Annual Shrimp Boil along with the Charlotte Section, giving students the opportunity to network and learn from ASNT leaders. Front row, from left: North Carolina Student Section Vice Chair Chris Scola, ASNT Past President Hussein M. Sadek, ASNT Past President Ricky L. Morgan, and ASNT Past President Raymond G. Morasse. Back row, from left: North Carolina Student Section Joshua Armstrong, Rodney B. Stephens, ASNT President Scott P. Cargill, North Carolina Student Section Secretary Jeff Pugsley, David G. Stuart, and North Carolina Student Section Chair Zachary Baze.


Old Dominion

Richmond, Virginia

The Old Dominion Section held its October meeting at Calabash Seafood on 22 October. Eleven members and guests attended to hear a presentation by Deonna F. Woolard, Ph.D., and Old Dominion Section Chair Ed Darby, P.E., on the potential for steel trusses to be overloaded in welded connections due to the temperature extremes introduced during sequential hot-dip galvanizing operations. This presentation is the result of Woolard’s study during the second half of 2017 on the subject. Woolard is the head of the physics department at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Darby is a senior structural engineer working for the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Old Dominion
The Old Dominion Section’s 22 October meeting featured a presentation by Deonna F. Woolard (left) and Section Chair Ed Darby (right).


Pacific Northwest

Seattle, Washington

Twenty-six members and guests attended the Pacific Northwest Section's meeting on 8 October at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Tukwila, Washington. Manuel Lucas of SONOTEC delivered a presentation titled “Air-Coupled UT Technology.” Lucas described the advancements in air-coupled ultrasound testing, which does not require couplant for sound transmission through a part.

Pacific Northwest
Pacific Northwest Section Chair Kathy L. Ferguson (right) presented Manuel Lucas with an ASNT pen and pencil gift set for his technical presentation at the Section’s October meeting.


Piedmont

Greenville, South Carolina

Seventeen members attended the Piedmont Section’s technical meeting on 16 October at the Local Cue in Greenville, South Carolina. Gerard Frusci of Baker Hughes, a GE company, gave a presentation on digital radiography and digital detector arrays (DDA). The presentation was focused on aspects of changing over from analog film to digital processes. Frusci gave some examples of NDT solutions for some major issues, such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. There were many technical questions, which continued on individually after the presentation.

Following the presentation, Section Chair Thomas P. Dunn led a discussion that resulted in a motion to move the meeting to the third Wednesday of the month rather than the third Tuesday. The Section chose the US Marine Toys for Tots Program for its Christmas charity. Members were encouraged to bring a new unopened toy to the next meeting.


Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Section held a meeting on 18 October which featured a tour at the GE Additive’s Customer Experience Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The tour, which covered additive manufacturing, was extremely informative and educational. The host was Section Vice Chair Lee J. Parks and Caitlin Sawyer, metallurgist at GE Additive. The Section would like to offer special thanks to Stefanie Mazany. The turnout was great for the tour, which was a very exciting opportunity to see technology advancing in the manufacturing world.

Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Section held a meeting at GE Additive’s Customer Experience Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Rockford Stateline

Rockford, Illinois

The Rockford Stateline Section held a technical meeting on 13 November at the Thunder Bay Grille in Rockford, Illinois, with 13 in attendance. The guest speaker for the evening was William L. Betz, sales engineer from Zetec Inc. Betz gave a presentation on the use of phased array ultrasonic inspection. He highlighted the advantages of the use of tools such as total focusing method (TFM) and full matrix capture (FMC) for better resolution and sizing of discontinuities. He also illustrated the use of sectorial focus and dynamic depth focus. A couple of case studies were shown on a section with hydrogen-induced cracking and high-temperature hydrogen attack. Standard phased array was depicted, and then compared with the application of TFM and FMC. The indications were then more easily sized and had much better definition. A phased array unit was used to provide live demonstrations, and the audience was able to participate in making scans.

Rockford Stateline
Rockford Stateline Section Chair Joel A. Mohnacky (right) presented a plaque of appreciation to William L. Betz of Zetec Inc. for his presentation at the Section’s 13 November meeting.


San Diego

San Diego, California

On 6 November, the San Diego Section hosted its third technical meeting of the 2018–2019 year. The meeting was held at the Best Western Seven Seas with 18 members and guests in attendance. The speaker for the evening was Dan Guerrero, who is the president of Willick Engineering Co. Inc. Guerrero has been involved with Willick Engineering in the service, sales, design, and management of industrial imaging systems for 34 years. Guerrero spent his college years at Cerritos College, where he studied electronics, computer and information technology accounting, and business management. He studied radiography at Test NDT LLC. He is the current corporate radiography Level III for film and digital techniques per NAS-410 and SNT-TC-1A at Willick Engineering.

The title of his talk was “Qualifying Your [Computer Radiography] CR System per ASTM E2445-14.” Guerrero provided an introductory version with a practical explanation of the terms and methods for developing a computer radiography qualification program in accordance with the ASTM E2445-14 standard. The audience expressed its appreciation of the presentation and engaged the speaker with questions. The Section thanked Guerrero for his talk and presented him with a speaker gift and certificate of appreciation. Monthly raffle prizes were sponsored by Michael L. White of Met-L-Chek, Larry G.Olsen of Northrop Grumman, and the San Diego Section.

San Diego
San Diego Section Vice Chair Michael J. Diaz (left) thanked Dan Guerrero for his presentation at the Section’s 6 November meeting.


Saudi Arabian

Dhahran,

The Saudi Arabian Section held its fourth technical dinner meeting of the program year on 8 October at the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel – Al Khobar. The meeting was attended by 155 members and nonmembers, including guests from the Bahrain Society of Engineers.

Section Chair Abdullah M. Al Khalifah welcomed guests to the meeting and introduced the guest speaker Frank Neil from TesTex Inc., who discussed the products and technologies offered by his company. After the presentation, Al Khalifah distributed the door prizes to the winners and invited everyone to the buffet dinner arranged by the Carlton Al Moaibed Hotel.

Saudi Arabian
The guest speaker at the Saudi Arabian Section’s 8 October meeting, Frank Neil (left), is shown answering a question from Section Past Chair Fathi E. Al-Qadeeb (holding microphone).


Shanghai

Shanghai,

Some members of the Shanghai Section participated in the 2018 Suzhou International Seminar on NDT and Annual SAN Conference on 31 August. Around 10 Section members attended the meeting, and a total of 150 people attended the conference in Suzhou, China. Regional Director, Region 21, John J. Kinsey delivered a presentation on employer-based certifications following SNT-TC-1A guidelines, which resulted in several questions and follow-up conversations regarding the known issues in China.

Shanghai
A group of Shanghai Section members attended an international seminar and conference on NDT on 31 August.


South Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Fifteen people attended the South Texas Section’s meeting held at the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio to hear Sergey A. Vinogradov discuss a novel omnidirectional magnetostrictive transducer for guided wave testing of large cylindrical shells.

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Attendees of the South Texas Section’s meeting at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Southern Africa

Johannesburg,

On 24 October, Southern Africa Section Chair Elaine MacDonald and Section Secretary Glenda K. Molope presented “Choose NDT” to 90 pupils from Diepdale Secondary School in Diepkloof, Soweto, South Africa. The presentation took place as part of the Sci-Bono Transport Week. Many pupils appeared to be extremely interested in pursuing a career in NDT after leaving school. It was a most successful morning.

Southern Africa
Southern Africa Section Secretary Glenda K. Molope (right) with some of the pupils from Diepdale Secondary School.


Section Highlight

The Charlotte Section kicked off the 2018–2019 program year with its 24th Annual Shrimp Boil, held at FlawTech on 12 October. The event had a total of 49 attendees, including three ASNT Past Presidents and members of the North Carolina Student Section.

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The Charlotte Section hosted its 24th Annual Shrimp Boil at FlawTech on 12 October. From left: ASNT President Scott P. Cargill, ASNT Past President and Vice President of FlawTech Ricky L. Morgan, Tommy J. Boyers, and ASNT Past President Hussein M. Sadek.