Pre-Conference Course: Thermographic Non-Destructive Evaluation

2024 SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics
Hilton Vancouver Washington  |  Vancouver, WA, USA  |  June 3–6, 2024

Thermographic Non-Destructive Evaluation

Sunday, June 2, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Thermomechanics and IR Imaging Technical Division of SEM is offering a new short course in thermographic component evaluation at the 2024 conference. The one day course covers a range of techniques based on the use of infra-red detectors to observe and quantify thermomechanical phenomena and relate to material and structural behaviour. The course is delivered by three internationally renowned practitioners and focuses on the state of the art instrumentation and what can be achieved using advanced image processing. The course is interactive, so delegates will have the opportunity to discuss their experience with the instructors. In addition, time will be dedicated to the discussion of more generic signal processing methods applicable to all types of IR imaging and approaches for effective data visualisation and manipulation. At the end of the course delegates will primed to make decision on suitable thermal NDE techniques and image processing approaches for their applications.

The course is open to anyone, and will be of interest to students, researchers and practitioners alike.
Time (PST) Session Title Duration Instructor
09:00 a.m. - 09:30 a.m. Introduction 30min RCT/RDF/JMB
09:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Physics, Theory, Cameras 1hr JMB
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break 30min  
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pulse Thermography 30min RCT
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Pulse Phase Thermography and Other Image Processing 45min RCT
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lock-In Thermography 45min JMB
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch Break 1hr  
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Thermoelastic Stress Analysis (TSA) 1hr RDF
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Low Cost TSA 30min JMB
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Coffee Break 30min  
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Data Fusion: DIC and TSA 1hr JMB
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wrap up and Summary 30min RCT/RDF/JMB

*JMB = Janice Barton, RCT = Rachael Tighe, RDF= Rosa De Finis


Janice Barton is a full professor in Experimental Mechanics. In 2019, she joined the University of Bristol, bringing a wealth of previous experience from the University of Southampton. Her research interests are in imaging for data-rich material characterizations and assessments of structural performance, with a special focus on the lightweight structural design of composite...
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Rachael Tighe is Senior Lecturer (equivalent to associate professor) and Programme Leader of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, where she has been since 2018. Prior to this, Rachael was a Senior Lecturer in the Defence Academy of the UK and was a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK. Rachael’s PhD on the development...
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Rosa De Finis is an Assistant Professor (Senior Researcher) at the Department of Engineering for Innovation of the University of Salento (Italy). She holds a PhD in Mechanical and Management Engineering, a MS in Mechanical Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic of Bari (Italy). Her PhD research focused on the fatigue and fracture...
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The regular course fee is $500 and the student fee is $250. Course fee includes lunch, course handout material, and refreshment breaks. Lodging and additional food or materials are not included.

If the course is cancelled for any reason, the Society for Experimental Mechanics’ liability is limited to the return of the course fees.