MSc in Oil & Gas and Offshore Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMOE503
Course Unit DetailsMSc Oil & Gas and Offshore Engineering (Elective Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Understand the basic physics behind the various NDT techniques.
  2. Select appropriate techniques for an application.
  3. Appreciate the capabilities and limitations of each inspection method.
  4. Assess new techniques and the likelihood of their use.
  5. Perform simple inspection techniques.
  6. Understand the problems caused by working underwater and on pipelines.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents
  • Underlying principles defining why inspection is necessary.
  • Marine growth/cleaning technique, standards.
  • Underwater inspection - visual, by diver and ROV. Inspection requirements and planning. flooded member detection.
  • NDT – introduction.
  • Ultrasonic: Properties of sound waves: probe construction: systems A-scan , B-scan, C-scan, arrays and other data display/collection methods; defect sizing; weld inspection.
  • Eddy currents: principles of eddy current formation; interaction with material in homogeneities; the impedance plane as a basis of understanding the possibilities of the method; effects of depth of penetration and frequency.
  • Radiography: principles of x-ray production. gamma sources; use of both exposure variables; use of IQIs to size defects; safety.
  • Electrical methods: ACFM and APCD, resistance (ac and dc) measurements
  • Magnetic particle inspection: production of high magnetic fields; use of particles, relative directions of field and flaw; demagnetisation.
  • Dye penetrant: principles of cleaning, dyes, developers and interpretation of passive stress wave production and detection.
  • Internal and external pipeline inspection.
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Shull, P.J., Non-destructive Evaluation – Theory, Techniques and Applications, Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, 841 pages, 2002.
  • Betz, C.E., Principles of Magnetic Particle Testing, Magnaflux, Hardwood Heights, Illinois, 1997.
  • Lester W. Schmerr, Sung-Jin Song, Ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation systems: models and measurements, Springer, New York, NY, 2007.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The taught part of course is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with the help of computer presentations. Lecture notes and presentations are available through the web for students to use in combination with the textbooks.

Lectures are supplemented with laboratory sessions with aim to get acquainted of a variety of inspection techniques used on structures in the offshore environment.

Assessment methods and criteria
Laboratory work30%
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO