Ultrasonic Phased Array- Critical Defect Sizing

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Ultrasonic Phased Array: Critical Defect Sizing


Training course: 9 days
Examination: 1 day


Theory and practical training course and examination



Why attend this course?

This programme is only available to holders of current PCN Level 2 Phased Array Practitioner Welds with a pass mark of 80% (level 2d) certification, and held for at least 12 months.

The course and examination is aimed at more advanced technicians/engineers and will provide them with the certificated ability to design inspections and analyse data for customers with a defect size reporting criteria. In particular technicians and engineers who pass the examination and course will have a proven ability to size defects to a tolerance level commensurate with structural integrity standard BS EN 7910.


  • Design of phased array inspection procedures which enable defect sizing to be performed.
  • Design of focal laws to generate appropriate focused phased array techniques for defect sizing.
  • Discussion of relevant normative documentation including BS and EN standards.
  • Design of appropriate inspection scanning sensitivity for defect sizing.
  • Discussion and practical training in echo-dynamic patterns and how to use them appropriately for defect sizing.
  • Practical defect sizing on a variety of weldments
  • Calculation of beam widths and data collection resolution.

Special note:

The candidates are expected to perform manual geometric calculations. This geometry capability will be tested fully in both the examination and during the course. The mathematics of geometry will not be taught during the course.

Candidates must supply their own hand calculator for the course and examination.

The candidates must be computer literate and extensive use of more advanced data analysis tools will be used during the course. 

Special note:

Candidates must bring their own calibrated Ultrasonic Testing set and probes and the course includes an end of course practical assessment prior to the independent PCN examination.. 

Customer feedback "One of the most informative, professional courses I have attended in my career. A truly world class training facility. 10/10"

John attended Ultrasonic Testing in Sheffield, February 2017

(excl. VAT)

Training course: £3,000
Examination: £400
Total: £3,400

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If you would like further information and to register your interest in the course, email argyllruane@imeche.org or contact us on +44 (0)114 399 5720.

Course and examination enquiries

+44 (0)114 399 5720 or argyllruane@imeche.org

Meet the trainer

Richard Horsfall - Trainer, Examiner and Level 3 Consultant


Richard is our lead Advanced UT tutor having joined IMechE Argyll Ruane in 2013 and has 10 years of standard and advanced NDT teaching experience.

Before training tomorrow's NDT specialists, Richard gained 8 years experience within the oil and gas sector as well as a Senior Turbine Specialist with Alstom.


PCN Level 2: Ultrasonic Testing, PAUT, TOFD, Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing
PCN Level 3: Ultrasonic Testing, PAUT, TOFD, Magnetic Particle Testing, Penetrant Testing

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Meet the trainer

Colin Bird - Trainer, Examiner and Consultant

Colin Bird 

With over 35 years of experience within NDT, Colin has held various roles within industry working mainly within the nuclear industry. Since 1996 he has specialised in design and application of specialised phased array applications. Colin created the first Phased Array training examination in Phased Array application in 1997 for Critical Defect Sizing.


PCN Level 3: Ultrasonic Testing

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