Nondestructive Testing at the TU Munich

The Chair of Non-destructive Testing (NDT) is the AG6 group within the Center for Building Materials (cbm) in Munich-Pasing and as is allocated to two departments: the Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering as well as the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Chair deals with non-destructive test methods used to evaluate materials, structural components, facilities and structures. For qualtity asurance and inspection, the goal of NDT is to observe and evaluate what is not visible to the human eye. For structural health monitoring, the goal is to detect and localize damage and to monitor deterioration of materials and structures.

NDT is certainly not only a dicipline applicable to the fields of civil and mechanical engineering, but also to fields of architecture, historic preservation, geophysics, geology and medical technology. The technology behind various NDT methods are derived from physics, electrical engineering, computer science and data processing. Thus, non-destructive testing and evaluation is a truly interdisciplinary field that produces innovation through these synergies.

The flyers (flyer-NDT Civil Engineeering and flyer NDT Mechanical Engineering) of the Chair shows a selection of the existing equipment and applicable test methods. Secial focus topics of the Chair are:

  • Detection of damage in concrete and reinforced concrete
  • Structural health monitoring of structures using wired and wireless sensor technology (predictive maintenance and service life analysis)
  • NDT techniques for lightweight composites (CFRP, GFRP)
  • Further development of the signal-based acoustic emission analysis
  • Quality Assurance in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM)
  • Numerical simulation of NDT testing techniques
  • Further development of materials with, for example, superhydrophobic or self-healing properties
  • Nondestructive examination of historic objects
  • Biomechanical investigations with the Klinikum rechts der Isar
  • Archaeological forensics and support of law enforcement activities
  • Drone aerial assessment of buildings and facilities (including IR thermography)

Prof. Christian U. Große (Chair of Non-destructive Testing)