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USITutorTM for Windows, Version 4.0, Don E. Bray, 2003.

Available from the following (search for USITutor or ISBN 0976944405):

Brown Book Shop - Houston

NDT Supply (listed under "Training")

Borders Books

Barnes and Noble


Dynamic graphics, interactive parameter selection and video with oral commentary and photos are used in this new version to provide a thorough instructional experience to supplement classroom or self-paced study. This Windows based tutorial program is based on the popular MS-DOS version of the same name.

Topics covered include normal and angle beam pulse echo inspection as well as the operation of a typical flaw detector. Additional topics are pulse excitation, flaw echoes, A-scan and rectified and RF displays, and calibration. Longitudinal and shear waves, probe characteristics, pulse distortion, Snell's law, critical angles and the echo envelope are described.

Selections made by the operator include probe frequency and diameter as well as a variety of materials. Elastic waves are covered from excitation to wave motion descriptions for longitudinal and shear waves. Pulse formation is described, as well as more complete explanations of pulse distortion and frequency analysis.

Interactive demonstrations of beam divergence and pulse echo inspection are included for both normal beam and angle beam inspection. Suggested exercises related to the material are included.

User Comments

"I received the copy of USITutor in March and have found it very useful. I have an LED projector connected to my computer. I have used the program to demonstrate ultrasonic principles to my students. It is a valuable and effective aid when explaining the physics of ultrasound."

- Bruce Crouse
  Cowley Community College, Kansas




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Nondestructive Evaluation, A Tool for Design, Manufacturing, and Service, Don E. Bray and Roderic K. Stanley, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 1997.
ISBN 0-8493-2655-9
$110.00 plus applicable taxes and shipping

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     Nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques are widely used in research and industry to ensure that machines and systems can be operated with confidence in an extended life mode. This Revised Edition of the authors' previous book introduces and discusses the primary techniques used in the field: ultrasonics, magnetics, radiography, penetrants and eddy currents.

     Written from a fundamental law of physics approach, Nondestructive Evaluation: A Tool in Design, Manufacturing, and Service contains examples, problems, and applications of each technique making the book suitable as a primary reference and as a textbook for courses on nondestructive evaluation.


  • Mathematical concepts behind inspection techniques are provided
  • Examples are given to show typical NDE applications of physical principles
  • Problems and solutions are presented in each section
  • Research issues are addressed in NDE and future applications 
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Nondestructive Testing Techniques, Don E. Bray and Don McBride, John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1992.
ISBN 0-471-52513-8 
$200 plus applicable taxes and shipping 

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     The need for Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE), on the industrial, regulatory, as well as research levels, cannot be overestimated. But much of the important methodology in nondestructive flaw detection and the evaluation of the properties and integrity of materials never reaches the general technological community.

     Nondestructive Testing Techniques is a comprehensive reference covering a broad range of techniques in nondestructive testing. Drawing on the work expert contributors, and a wide range of sources, many never before available to the general public, this book encompasses the well known as well as many not so well known NDE methods.

     Based on years of extensive research and application at NASA and other government research facilities, Nondestructive Testing Techniques provides practical guidelines for selecting the appropriate testing methods and equipment. It details thoroughly the applications, limitations, and advantages for each method presented.

     Organized by physical testing groups to facilitate use as a practical reference, this book covers a broad spectrum of NDE issues and techniques, including:

  • Visual inspection
  • Penetrant and chemical testing
  • Nuclear Radiation
  • Sonic and ultrasonic
  • Thermal and microwave
  • Magnetic and electromagnetic
  • Training and human factors

The book is heavily indexed and referenced. In addition, its many drawings and diagrams make it optimum as a reference guide.