The Centre for Non-destructive Evaluation (CNDE) at IITM addresses the critical research, development, and training needs of a wide range of national and multi-national industries and organizations. Industries involved in infrastructure, aerospace, energy, transportation, medical and archeology, will significantly benefit from the proposed activities.  The Centre for Nondestructive Evaluation (CNDE) will focus on the research and development of new theories and techniques for use in quantitative NDE as well as the dissemination of knowledge in the field of NDE.

 The Center has three principal objectives:

Education & Training

To provide enhanced education and training in the area of NDE that caters to industry.

Innovation & Research

To perform basic scientific and/or industrially relevant research and to develop new understanding, and innovative products and processes.

Technology Transfer

To provide a focal point for information and technology transfer to industry.

Non-destructive Imaging & Evaluation of Materials, Structures, Products
Structural Health Monitoring using in-situ Sensor Systems
Measurements of Material Properties and In-Process Parameters.

Thrust Area

  • Forward and Inverse Methods
  • Nano & Micro Imaging
  • Sensor Development
  • Materials Characterization
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Manufacturing Process Monitoring
  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Damage Prognosis

Research Area

  • Acoustic NDE
  • Ultrasonic NDE
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Digital Radiography NDE
  • Hybrid Modality NDE
  • NDE Models & Simulation
  • Sensors for NDT
  • Electromagnetic NDE

International Collaborations

  • CNDE has an active outreach program that involves exchanges with institutions within India and with Universities in USA, UK, Germany, and Poland that are supported through funding from NSF, EPSRC, EU, and DST.

  • CNDE also carries out periodic training programs in NDE topics for industry participants with more than 1200 participants attending such programs over the past 12 years.

  • CNDE also provides measurement support to several institutions including Annamalai University, Anna University, NITs, etc. and to several local industries.

Capabilities and Facilities

CNDE capabilities included modeling and experimental aspects of NDE. There are several faculty from various departments who are involved. The CNDE has a core facility located in a 2500 sq. ft. area that includes 5 labs, 1 classroom and 1 conference room and a reception.

  • Nano-Computed Tomograpy (CT)

  • 230 kva digital x-ray systems with Flat Panels from VIDISCO and RadIcon

  • LTI Shearography

  • Ultrasonic C-scan systems (several)

  • High frequency (200 MHz.) Pulse Receiver systems,

  • RITEC SNAP and RPR high power UT systems

  • Non-Contact Air Coupled Ultrasonic Scanners

  • Panametrics 5052 PR high amplitude (10MHz, 900V) pulser/receiver systems,

  • High Temperature Ultrasonic Measurement System

  • Air Coupled Guided Wave Measurement Systems

  • Elastic Moduli Evaluation System

  • Ultrasonic Guided Wave Experimental System

  • Laser Ultrasound System

  • IR Imaging System

  • Micro-scale IR Imaging Bench

  • GSSI Ground Penetrating Radar System at 2.6 GHz.

  • 20 GHz. Agilent Network Network Analyser with workbench up to 12 GHz.

  • AE 4 channel system

  • MPI and LPI facilities with automation.

  • HP Workstation Clusters

  • Magneto-strictive and magneto-resistive sensors.

  • Microwave work bench

  • Applied Optics

Gun Barrel Ultrasonic Imaging