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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


Advanced Vibration and Acoustic Measurement Techniques

Advanced Vibration and Acoustic Measurement Techniques


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This two-day Continual Professional Development (CPD) event will provide an insight into four established measurement techniques with world leaders in their respective field. Interactive workshops focussing on Audible Acoustics (AA) by AcSoft, Acoustic Emission (AE) by Mistras Ltd, Vibrometry by Polytech Ltd and Ultrasonic Inspection by Olympus will form the basis of this two-day event. As a delegate, you will have the opportunity to learn and get hands on with world leading equipment in the field of non-destructive testing. In addition, there will be opportunities to network with other delegates, interact with academics at Cardiff and explore methods for collaborative research. On completion of the two day workshop you will be able to understand how these advanced measurement methods can benefit your organisation.


Day 1 - 30/01/2018

9.15 - 9.45: Registration

9.45 - 10.00: Welcome and house keeping

10.00 - 12.30: Workshop 1 (Please see below for details)*

12.30 - 14.00: Lunch, Networking and Exhibition

14.00 - 16.30: Workshop 2 (Please see below for details)*

16.30 - 17.00: Q and A 1 (with Panel of Academics and Technology providers).

19.00: Networking & Meal

Day 2 - 31/01/2018

9.00 - 9.30: How to work with Cardiff University

9.30 - 12.00: Workshop 3 (Please see below for details)*

12.00 - 13.00: Lunch, Networking and Exhibition

13.00 - 15.30: Workshop 4

15:30 - 16.00: Q and A 2 and close

The Workshops

Ultrasonic Inspection - A day in the life of an Advanced NDT inspector

Understanding the challenges faced in key industries in terms of maintenance and safety requirements, as well as efficiency improvements in design and production activities. Using NDT techniques to identify areas of concern and addressing these in the most cost effective way to minimise risk and cost. This workshop included presentations and hands on sessions to cover Advanced NDT applications in the following sectors Oil and Gas (Corrosion Mapping), Power Generation (Weld Inspection), Aerospace (Composite Inspection) and Renewable (Wind Turbine Blade Inspection).

Audible Acoustics (AA) - The future of Audible Acrostics is colourful

This workshop will present an introduction to sound localization via beamforming and holography technologies – microphone array design – introduction to the original Acoustic Camera (focus on: system installed at Cardiff) – Advanced Processing Algorithms, to fit with any time frames you want to assign.

Acoustic Emission - An Introduction

Acoustic Emission is a passive monitoring technique used to detect emissions from materials or processes. It has been used successfully in industry for the real time monitoring of fatigue cracks, corrosion processes, bearing failures to name but a few. At this workshop we will address the following topics; AE definitions and terminology, AE and other NDT techniques, Sources of AE, Signal measurement basics, Sensors and instrumentation, AE applications in industry and Technology Demonstration.

Laser Vibrometry - Non-contact vibration measurements: best practice

At this workshop, Polytec will be presenting PSV-500 scanning vibrometer, a state-of-the-art system for noise and vibration measurement in research and development. They determine operational deflection shapes and Eigenmodes for NVH, acoustics, structural dynamics, ultrasonics and FEM validation.

Who will benefit from this CPD?

  • Existing Non Destructive Testing users looking to enhance current capabilities with increased probability of detection, repeatability, and accuracy.
  • Automotive and aerospace companies and their supply chain
  • Oil and Gas companies
  • Renewables and power generation companies
  • Advanced manufacturing companies
  • Researchers working in the field of structural and mechanical performance.


30th - 31st January 2018


Engineering School - Cardiff University, Queen's Buildings, The Parade, Cardiff, CF24 3AA