During my career, which spans over 30 years, in non-destructive testing and ultrasonics, I have developed many tricks and alternative techniques that, I believe, improve accuracy and results while keeping the job simple and efficient. At the same time, I also paid attention to whether the data I was seeing corresponded with everything I was taught during my training in the UK. I was surprised to find the ultrasonic effects that I saw every day were often never mentioned, and were even contradicted by the accepted texts and tutorials.
I have written and published a book The Practical Guide To Ultrasonic Testing In The Real World in which I have put together some tricks of the trade, inspection techniques, and beam plot that I thought useful. Parts of this book may sound controversial, but these techniques have been the mainstay of my daily work and have been backed up by many years of experience and experiment. My intent is for this book to be used by the qualified technician so as to improve his skills, the quality of his results and his efficiency in the daily challenges to be met by the NDT industry.
Due to some of its controversial content I must caution that it is not recommended for exam preparation. I have endeavoured to make this manual clear, concise and user-friendly. I hope you will find this book useful and that it allows you to challenge the more traditional and orthodox techniques we were all taught to enable us to qualify.