Professor Peter Christopher Charlton

Professor Peter Charlton BEng(Hons), PhD

Professor of Applied NDT

Swansea

Tel: +44 (0) 1792 481000
E-mail: peter.charlton@uwtsd.ac.uk

Peter Charlton

  • Programme Director - MSc in NDT&E
  • PhD supervision
  • Module delivery across a number of schools within the faculty.

July 2010 – Present

  • Senior Research Fellow in NDT, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
  • Post-graduate and undergraduate research and project supervision
  • PhD Supervision: 5 ongoing, 3 successful
  • MSc Supervision: 17 successful
  • Programme Director, MSc in NDT

ASTUTE funded project delivery 2010 – 2013

Establishing industrial links and conducting research projects for Welsh based manufacturing companies in the area of NDT.

May 2009 – June 2010

  • Research Fellow and Part-time Lecturer, Swansea Metropolitan University
  • JISC Project Delivery
  • Development of Remote Access to NDT Laboratory Experiments including Laser Doppler Vibrometry, Photoelastic Stress Analysis, Thermography and B-Scan Ultrasonic methods.

June 1996 – April 2009

  • Owner/Managing Director/Development Engineer, Inspection Solutions (Cymru) Ltd. Specialising in the development and manufacture of automated NDT systems for the aerospace, power generation and petrochemical related industries.

October 1993 - May 1996

  • Senior Systems Development Engineer, Silver Wing Ltd
  • Development of Magnetic Flux Leakage Systems for the petrochemical industries, Automated Tube Inspection Software Development for inspecting Heat Exchanger Tubing, Planning and set-up of Electronic production facilities, Development and running of Customer Training Courses, Publishing and Presenting Technical Papers, Finite Element Simulation of Magnet Assemblies, Student Supervision.

July 1992 - September 1993

  • Research Associate, Swansea Institute of Higher Education
  • Full and part time sponsored research into the magnetic flux leakage method of inspecting storage tank floors.

October 1991 - June 1992

  • Research Associate, University College Swansea.
  • Development of Electromagnetic Simulation Code.

September 1989 - September 1991

  • Part Time Consultant Systems Engineer, Silver Wing Ltd.
  • Development of Real-Time processing software for electromagnetic methods of condenser/heat exchanger tube inspection for the Power and Petrochemical industries.

Post-graduate research and project supervision

PhD Supervision:

5 Ongoing

  • Ashley Pullen, Enhanced Magnetic Flux Leakage Analysis
  • Liam Penaluna, Integration of Advanced Focussed Phased Ultrasonic Inspection Techniques
  • Owen Lloyd-Rees, Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer Optimisation
  • Ewan Hoyle, Advanced Virtual Source Aperture Ultrasound Imaging for NDT
  • Ralf Lieb, Real-time solutions of the inverse MFL problem

3 completed

  • 2015, Mark Sutcliffe, An Investigation into Time Critical Synthetic Transmit Aperture Ultrasound Imaging
  • 2013, Stephen Mosey, Resolution Enhancement of B-Mode Ultrasound Images
  • 2011, Paul Sinker, An enhanced ultrasonic time of flight diffraction technique using sparse transducer arrays

MSc Supervision: 17 completed

2015

  • Chris Rowden, Optimisation of Digital Radiographic Parameters for CFRP Component Evaluation
  • Ashley Pullen, POD Assessment of MFL Tools for Above Ground Storage Tank Floor Inspection
  • Rhodri Jones, Investigation into the Suitability of 3D Printed Ultrasonic Wedges
  • Liam Penaluna, Radiographic Testing of Diesel Particulate Filters
  • Richard Winstone, Investigation into Complex Surface Ultrasonic Interface Signals

2014

  • Georgios Liaptsis, Investigation of Annular Phased Array Probes in the Inspection of Coarse Grained Materials
  • Mohd Zhafri Bin Mohd Zaki, The Detection of Microbial Attack Corrosion using Curved Phased Array Technology
  • Michael Wood, Non-linear Ultrasonic Evaluation of Kissing Bonds in CFRP Composites
  • Mark Smith, Development of a Virtual Source Aperture Imaging Calibration Procedure for Non-Destructive Testing
  • Ahmed Alajayan, Validation of Medium Range Ultrasonic Testing (MRUT) Technique for Pipe-Support Corrosion Detection & Sizing

2013

  • Anja Hamblyn, Ultrasonic Diffraction Pattern Calculations for Synthetic Aperture Focussing Architectures
  • Ian Cooper, Development and Evaluation of Phased Array Ultrasonic Procedure for the Inspection of the Inner Fillet Weld of a fired, refractory lined pressure vessel
  • Philip Wallace, FEA Supported Performance Demonstration of Eddy Current Procedure for Inspection of Ti 6-4 Wide Chord Fanblade Dove Tail Roots
  • Anja Hamblyn, Ultrasonic Diffraction Pattern Calculations for Synthetic Aperture Focussing Architectures
  • Ian Cooper, Development and Evaluation of Phased Array Ultrasonic Procedure for the Inspection of the Inner Fillet Weld of a fired, refractory lined pressure vessel

2012

  • Paul Thompson, A Critical Evaluation of the Ultrasonic Sector Scan Method and Associated Mechanical Assessment Calculations
  • Tom O’Hare, Comparison of Composite Material Diagnostic Evaluation
  • Mark Werner, A Critical Evaluation of Girth Weld Inspection using the Pulse Echo Ultrasound Approach as implemented using Phased Array Technology

2011

  • Stuart Kenny, The Inspection of Crevice Corrosion in Flange Joints using Manual Phased Array Ultrasound 

Programme Director, MSc in NDT

Postgraduate Module Development and Delivery:

  • NDT Systems, Principles & Applications
  • Ultrasonic Methods
  • Electromagnetic Methods.
  • Optical and IR Techniques.
  • Radiographic Methods
  • Structural Integriy and Materials Evaluation
  • Dissertation Supervision

Undergraduate Module delivery:

  • Level 6 Project Supervision
  • Level 6 Electrical Machines
  • Level 6 Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation
  • Level 5 Digital Signal Processing
  • Level 4 Engineering Science II (Electrical/Electronic Engineering)
  • Finite Element simulation for Electromagnetic NDT Methods.
  • Advanced Ultrasonic focussing and signal processing techniques for the inspection industry.
  • Passive thermography applications in the automotive industry.
  • Optimisation of Radiographic Parameters
  • Probability of Detection Methods

Proven track record in all aspects of electromagnetic and ultrasonic inspection imaging systems development specifically for the petrochemical, power generation and aerospace industries. This has included all aspects of engineering including simulation, electronics design, control, mechanical, signal processing, and software development from first principles through to finished products.

Examples of projects undertaken as part of the ASTUTE programme (2010 – 2015):

  • Knauf Insulation - Assessment of welding procedures using CT Radiography leading to the production of a new conveyor system manufacturing specification.
  • Silverwing Uk Ltd - Finite element investigation into new magnetic flux leakage tool assemblies.
  • Oceaneering Inspection Services - Evaluation of Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducer Pipe Corrosion Inspection System.
  • Team Precision Pipeline Assemblies - CT Radiography assessment of Copper-Aluminium brazed joint assemblies.
  • Cyden - Thermographic Temperature Evaluation for iPulse products. 
  • Atech Reid GP - Microscopic and Ultrasonic Inspection of Carbon Fibre/Aluminium bondline for racing car wing mount component. 
  • Rikoset - CT Radiography Evaluation of impact damaged composite shin pads.
  • Meritor HBS - Feasibility Study into the use of Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing to analyse cast heavy brake system components for internal defects

Strategic Insight Programme Projects

  • TWI Wales - Validation of Annular Array Ultrasound Theoretical Models
  • Matilda's Planet - Thermographic Investigation to determine energy efficiency and directivity characteristics of a novel Thermal Radiation heater panel
  • Silverwing (UK) Ltd - Optimisation of Variable Reluctance Magnet Bridge for Magnetic Flux Leakage Inspection Tools
  • Oceaneering - Ultrasonic Phased Array Simulation and statistical analysis for Microbial Attack pipe inspection

‘Detection and Sizing of Baffle Plate Erosion and Fretting using Eddy Current Array Technology’, with R. K. Granville, The e-Journal of NDT, ndt.net, Vol. 21 No. 9 September 2016.

'Virtual Source Aperture Image Processing Methods for Non Destructive Testing’, with M. Sutcliffe and M. Weston. Insight (British Journal of NDT),  Vol. 58 No 2 February 2016. 

'2.5D Finite Element Simulation – Eddy Current Heat Exchanger Tube Inspection using FEMM’, with A. Pullen, The eJournal of NDT, ndt.net, Vol. 20 No.7 July 2015.

'Directivity Investigation of two Annular Phased Array Transducers’, with G. Liaptsis and D. Liaptsis, The e-Journal of NDT, ndt.net, Vol. 20 No.4 April 2015.

'Focal Law Calculations for Annular Phased Array Transducers’, with G. Liaptsis, D. Liaptsis and B. Wright, The e-Journal of NDT, ndt.net, Vol. 20 No.2 February 2015.

'Ultrasonic Evaluation of Artificial Kissing Bonds in CFRP Composites’, with M. Wood and D. Yan, The e-Journal of NDT, ndt.net, Vol. 19 No.12 December 2014.

'Demonstration of a Novel Equation for the Near Field Distance Calculation for Annular Phased Array Transducers’, with G. Liaptsis and D. Liaptsis, The e-Journal of NDT, ndt.net, Vol. 19 No.11 November 2014.

'Quantitative Analysis of Big End Journal Form and Bolt Installation using Ultrasonic Time of Flight Measurements’, with W. Perry and M. McDonald, The e-Journal of NDT, ndt.net, Vol. 19 No.10 October 2014.

'Multiple Virtual Source Aperture Imaging for Non Destructive Testing', with M. Sutcliffe and M. Weston, Insight (British Journal of NDT), Vol. 56 No 2 February 2014.

'Full matrix capture with time efficient auto focusing of unknown geometry through dual-layered media', with M. Sutcliffe, M. Weston, I. Cooper and K. Donne.  Insight (British Journal of NDT), Vol. 55 No6 June 2013.

‘A Modified Synthetic Aperture Focussing Technique Utilising the Spatial Impulse Response of the Ultrasound Transducer’, with S. A. Mosey and I. Wells, eJournal of NDT, ndt.net, March 2013.

‘Resolution enhancement of ultrasonic B-mode images’, with S. A. Mosey and I. Wells, Insight (British Journal of NDT) Vol. 55 No2 February 2013.

‘Real-time full matrix capture for ultrasonic non-destructive testing with acceleration of post-processing through graphic hardware’, with M. Sutcliffe, M. Weston, B. Dutton and K. Donne.  NDT&E International Vol. 51, October 2012.

‘Virtual source aperture imaging for non-destructive testing’, with M. Sutcliffe, M. Weston, B. Dutton and K. Donne.   Insight (British Journal of NDT) Vol. 54 No 7 July 2012.

‘Determination of Convection Coefficients using Infrared Thermography’, with O. Parry.  The Eighth International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies, June 2011.

‘An investigation into the drilling of carbon and glass fibre reinforced polymer composites’, with P. Curnick, R.D. Thomas and K.E. Donne. The Eighth International Conference on Condition Monitoring and Machinery Failure Prevention Technologies, June 2011

‘Remote access to practical work for online learners’, with T. Toole.  CAL Conference, April 2011.

‘Focusing of ultrasonic data for lateral defect positioning in time of flight diffraction’,with P. Sinker and K.Donne.  NDT 2009, 48th Annual British Conference on NDT, August 2009.

‘Background noise removal in ultrasonic B-scan images using iterative statistical techniques’, with S. Mosey and I. Wells.  Quality and Reliability Engineering International Vol. 24 Issue 8 December 2008.

‘Background noise removal in ultrasonic B-Scan images using iterative statistical techniques’, with S.Mosey and I. Wells.  Proceedings of the 6th International Conference QRM 2007.

‘Iterative method for background noise removal in ultrasonic B-scan images’, with S. Mosey and I. Wells.  Insight (British Journal of NDT) Vol. 48 No 11 November 2006.

‘Evaluating Current Options for Non-destructive Testing’, Invited Guest Speaker at the 7th Annual TankForum - ‘Selecting the Ideal Options for Cost-Effective Long Term Maintenance of New and Existing Bulk Liquid Storage Tanks’, Arranged by IIR Ltd, London, January 1996.