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NDT Researchers in Canada
NDT Researchers in Canada

Giovanni Cascante

University of Waterloo

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Around the world, cities are facing a major challenge: What to do about aging infrastructure such as bridges, water mains, roads, and electrical transmission lines. How can engineers know if they have years of life left in them or are on the verge of collapse? Dr. Cascante and his University of Waterloo research team are working towards innovating techniques to help distinguish the good from the bad - without manually taking the system apart. Before joining the University, he worked as a Project Engineer (Trow Consulting Engineers Ltd.), Research Assistant, Post-doctoral Fellow (University of Waterloo), and Research and a Consulting Engineer (Intevep S.A.). His areas of expertise are in nondestructive testing of civil infrastructure, dynamic soil characterization (resonant column, BE, and ultrasonics), signal processing, numerical simulations of wave propagation, and vibration measurements. Dr. Cascante has authored more than 40 refereed journals publications, including award-winning papers (ASTM 2005, SAGEEP 2005, TAC 2006). Dr. Cascante serves as an associate editor for the Geotechnical Testing Journal (ASTM) and the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics.

Research Interests:

ultrasonic testing, surface wave testing, lamb wave testing, resonant column testing, characterization of ultrasonic transducers

For more information, visit:
https://uwaterloo.ca/
Patrice Masson

Université de Sherbrooke

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Patrice Masson, full professor in Mechanical Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke, received his Bachelor's degree (’89) in Engineering Physics and Master's degree (’91) in Mechanical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. degree (’97) in Mechanical Engineering from Université de Sherbrooke, Canada. Since 2009, he has been the director of Groupe d’Acoustique de l’Université de Sherbrooke (GAUS).

Patrice Masson is internationally recognized as an expert in the field of structural health monitoring (SHM) where he and his co-workers have developed innovative approaches for damage detection. Masson also
has a recognized expertise in the development and implementation of active noise and vibration control systems and in the development of mechatronics systems for medical devices. He has filed four patent applications and has published over 40 publications. He has led two multi-institutional projects on active interior noise control in automobiles within AUTO21 and led two projects on SHM of aerospace structures in collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace and L-3 MAS within the CRIAQ. In 2009, he was awarded a NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (awarded to 3% of researchers in Canada). His research interests include SHM, NDT, damage imaging, dedicated piezoelectric sensors and actuators design, strategies for piezoelectric sensors/actuators positioning and embedding, piezoelectric analytical/numerical modelling, signal processing,  and laser micro-machining of sensors and actuators.

 

Research Interests:

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), ultrasonics, damage imaging, piezoelectric transducers, non-destructive testing (NDT)

For more information, visit:
www.gaus.ca
Ako Bahari

University of Manitoba

Mechanical Engineering

Ako Bahari received his BSc in mechanical engineering from BASU in Iran. Afterwards, he got his MSc in MEng from IUST (Iran University of Science & Technology). He started working as an instructor at a Railway Engineering School at IUST. Later he moved to NIGC (National Iranian Gas Company) in the Engineering and R&D departments where he was involved in a number of projects including Non-destructive evaluation of pressure vessels and gas pipelines. After working as a research assistant in University of Pavia (Italy) for a year, he moved to the Sound & Vibration Lab at the University of Manitoba to do his PhD degree under supervision of Professor Neil Popplewell.

Since the start of his MSc degree, Ako has been involved in different research (academic and industrial) in the field of Acoustics and Vibration. He has been working and doing research on ultrasonic testing techniques from conventional to phased-array and guided wave systems as well as intelligent pigging of natural gas pipelines via MFL, TFI, and EMAT pigs. He is currently working on shell acoustics and wave propagation through porous media and non-destructive testing FWD technique for pavement. Ako, currently, is a visiting scholar to University of Pavia (Italy) and LMA lab -Laboratoire de Mécanique et d’Acoustique- in France.

Research Interests:

Shell Acoustics, Ultrasonics, Porous Media, Intelligent pigging of gas Pipelines (e.g. EMAT), Acoustic Emission

Dr. Andreas Mandelis

University of Toronto

Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Andreas Mandelis is a scientist and engineer in diagnostic applications of lasers in applied physics, materials science and biomedical engineering. He established the fields of diffusion waves and thermophotonics and has made seminal contributions to photoacoustic and photothermal sciences and technologies. His research has produced significant advancements in diagnostic non-destructive instrumentation for manufacturing, optoelectronics, biosensors and biomedical imaging.

His fundamental and applied research has led to non-invasive biomedical and dental technologies, and nondestructive methods for monitoring structural faults in industrial materials ranging from cars to aerospace products and optoelectronic devices. Professor Mandelis holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Diffusion-Wave Sciences and Technologies and he is the University of Toronto’s Director of the Center for Advanced Diffusion-Wave Technologies (CADIFT).

Research Interests:

Non-destructive testing/imaging of solar cells, nano- and opto-optoelectronic devices, New NDT/NDI methods with major focus on advanced dynamic imaging instrumentation, Laser ultrasonics, dynamic thermographic imaging  of industrial materials and components, Biomedical and dental diagnostics  and biosensors.

For more information, visit:
www.mie.utoronto.ca/cadift
Professor Anthony N. Sinclair

University of Toronto

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Tony Sinclair is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. His research is focused on ultrasonic nondestructive testing, with specific interests in digital signal processing for noise reduction and crack sizing, phased arrays, resonance acoustic spectroscopy, transducer design, and weld inspection.

He has over 180 publications, serves on the Editorial Board of NDT&E International, and has supervised over 60 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He served as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto for over 5 years, and is a fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME).

Research Interests:

Ultrasonic NDE, Signal Processing, Ultrasonic Transducers, Resonance Acoustic Spectroscopy, NDE of Material Interfaces

For more information, visit:
http://www.mie.utoronto.ca/labs/undel/
Dr. Thomas W. Krause

Royal Military College of Canada

Department of Physics

Thomas Krause received a B.Sc. in physics from University of Calgary in 1987 and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Solid State Physics from McMaster University in Hamilton in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Following this he spent four years at Queen’s University at Kingston conducting research in electromagnetic nondestructive evaluation for gas and oil pipelines. 

In 1996 he took a position at CNL, Chalk River Laboratories, in the Inspection Monitoring and Dynamics Branch, where he developed eddy current and ultrasonic inspection technologies for in-reactor examination of pressure tubes. In 2006 Thomas took a position at the Royal Military College of Canada in the Department of Physics, where he has performed research in eddy current testing, magnetic Barkhausen noise and ultrasonics.

Research Interests:

Pulsed Eddy Current for inspection of ferromagnetic and conducting structures; Magnetic Barkhausen Noise for ferromagnetic materials characterization and measurement of residual stress; Modeling of eddy current phenomena using analytical and finite element methods; Eddy Current inspection for aerospace and nuclear applications; Ultrasonic inspection for aerospace and nuclear applications

Xavier P.V. Maldague

Université Laval

Electrical and Computing Engineering

Xavier Maldague, Ph.D., P. Eng. is professor at the Department of Electrical and Computing Engineering of Université Laval, Québec City, Canada (since 1989, head of the Dept. 2003-2008). He has trained over 50 graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) and has more than 300 publications. His research interests are in infrared thermography, NonDestructive Evaluation (NDE) techniques and vision / digital systems for industrial inspection. He holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in infrared vision. He chairs the Quantitative Infrared Thermography (QIRT) Council. He is a fellow of the Canada Engineering Institute, an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Society of Nondestructive Testing and a fellow of the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation in Germany.

Research Interests:

infrared thermography, industrial inspection, infrared vision, image processing

For more information, visit:
http://vision.gel.ulaval.ca/en/index.php
Dr. Roman Gr. Maev

Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research (IDIR), University of Windsor

Department of Physics

Dr. Roman Gr. Maev is the founding Director-General of The Institute for Diagnostic Imaging Research - a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research and innovation consortium established with the goal to create a leading S&T centre in imaging research in Southwest Ontario. In 1995 Dr. Maev was appointed a Full Faculty Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Windsor in Canada. During 2002-2015 Dr. Maev was the DaimlerChrysler/NSERC Industrial Research Chair, a title he still holds today. In 2007 was granted the title of University Distinguished Professor. In 2009 he received Ontario Premier’s Award as a Best Innovator.  

Dr. Maev’s research interests include theoretical fundamentals of physical acoustics, ultrasonic and nonlinear acoustical imaging, nanostructural properties of advanced materials, additive manufacturing, and biomaterials and their analysis, as well as art analysis. He is the author of 6 monographs, editor of 7 books, has published over 440 peer-reviewed items, and holds 29 international patents.  Dr. Roman Maev has won many national and international awards for his innovations, research discoveries and inventions. He is a Fellow of IEEE, the Canadian Association of Physicists,  as well as a Fellow of the British Institute of NDT.

Research Interests:

Applied solid state physics, physical acoustics, ultrasonic and nonlinear acoustical imaging, nanostructural properties of advanced materials, NDE of Material structures and Interfaces

For more information, visit:
http://www.idirresearch.com/
Neil Popplewell, Professor of Mechanical Engineering (P.Eng)

University of Manitoba

Mechanical Engineering

Neil Popplewell received his BSc (Hons) in mathematics from university of Leeds. Subsequently, he got his MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from ISVR (Institute of Sound and Vibration Research) in University of Southampton. Afterwards, he moved to University of Manitoba where he has been staying for his entire academic carrier. Currently, Neil is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the director of the Sound & Vibration Lab in University of Manitoba where he has been teaching variety of graduate and undergraduate courses (in Vibration, Acoustics, Dynamics, and Noise Control), conducting researches, and advising students toward graduate degrees.

He has extensive years of research experience on different subjects in Acoustics, Vibration, and Aero-Dynamics. Mainly, in the field of NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) he has been involved in quite number of research projects including (but not limited to) Ultrasonics testing in gas pipelines especially in Long Range Inspection of natural gas pipelines using Ultrasonic Guided Waves and also material characterization (inverse problems). His current research activities are focused on shell acoustics, Ultrasound testing research in isotropic/porous materials as well as Non-Destructive mechanical testing of the pavements using Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) techniques.

Research Interests:

Acoustics, Ultrasonics, Porous Media, Vibration Systems, Flow-Induced Vibration