Advanced Inspection Methods in Manufacturing

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


Inspection is a key element in advanced manufacturing for quality assurance. However, most of the current techniques are based on manual inspection, which is tedious with low efficiency. In this course, we will provide new insight of non-destructive testing (NDT) for Industry 4.0, highlighting the role of automated inspection and advanced imaging.


The training provides participants with:
• Basic knowledge on non-destructive testing
• Applications of NDT techniques in advanced manufacturing
• Development of an insight for NDT 4.0


• Overview of other common NDT techniques (visual, dye penetrant, magnetic particle, radiography, eddy current) and their applications in advanced manufacturing. Introduction of inspection 4.0.

Ultrasonic inspection
• Principle of ultrasonic inspection, waves properties (frequency, wavelength, velocity), acoustic velocity and impedance, Reflection and transmission of acoustic wave, Snell’s Law
• Ultrasonic wave generation (PZT transducers, transducer characterization, cables and connectors)
• Ultrasonic measurements (pulse-echo, pitch catch mode, Velocity and attenuation measurement, Data representation methods: A- Scan, B - Scan, C - Scan), demonstration
• Ultrasonic applications (flaw detector, thickness gauging, weld inspection).
• Ultrasonic phased array (principle, applications, delay laws, advanced imaging algorithm), demonstration

Electromagnetic inspection
• Electromagnetic induction and basic principles of eddy current inspection
• Understand impedance plane, lift off, penetration depth, phase lag
• Be familiar with eddy current instrumentation, probes, and reference standards
• Understand applications of eddy current in advanced manufacturing (crack detection, thickness measurement, coating measurement, conductivity measurement, tube inspection. Demonstration.

Demonstration of advanced inspection techniques for manufacturing
• Ultrasonic phased array imaging in additively manufactured components
• Ultrasonic C scan for composites



The course is designed for various disciplines that includes engineers in Design, Production, Quality Control, Inspectors, Safety, Maintenance, Process and Operators; covering major industries not limited to Manufacturing, Aerospace, Building and Construction, Oil and Gas.

Standard Course Fee: S$972.00

SSG Funding Support

 Course fee

Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


BEFORE funding & GST

AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)



Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)


SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.


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Dr David Fan

Dr David Fan

Dr David Fan has over 15 years’ experience in non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring. He is currently an associate professor in the school of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, leading a research team to develop novel techniques for metal and composite inspection, structural health monitoring and material characterization, by integrating physics and modeling techniques with the development of rapidly exploitable technologies. He has very strong linkage to industry globally, including Rolls-Royce, Shell, Lloyds Register, EDF, Sembcorp, etc.