Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Ultrasonics and Non-destructive Testing (UNDT) group aim to undertake internationally leading research into ultrasonics with a particular focus on non-destructive testing (NDT) applications.

Non-Destructive Evaluation concerns the inspection, characterisation and quantification of the ‘health’ of engineering structures. The team at Bristol focus on a range of sonic and ultrasonic techniques. Research encompasses the development of new models of wave interactions, the use of arrays to image the interior of components and, in close collaboration with industry, practical application and technology transfer.

A study of the fundamental science and practical applications of ultrasound.

Current activity is in four areas :

  • array imaging
  • nonlinear ultrasound
  • structural health monitoring with guided waves and
  • ultrasonic particle manipulation.

The aim of the group is to focus on underpinning engineering science and undertake targeted projects to progress various technologies further up the technology readiness scale.

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    Research Output

    Comparison of experimental measurements of material grain size using ultrasound

    Zhang, J., Song, Y., Li, X. & Zhong, C. H., 18 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation. 39, 30, 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 5 Downloads (Pure)

    Comparison of time domain and frequency-wavenumber domain ultrasonic array imaging algorithms for non-destructive evaluation

    Zhuang, Z., Zhang, J., Lian, G. & Drinkwater, B. W., 19 Aug 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Sensors.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Open Access
  • 21 Downloads (Pure)


    Bristol – Canada Nuclear Partnership

    Malkin, R.


    Project: Research

    Numerical modelling of nonclassical nonlinearity

    Croxford, A. J. & Blanloueil, P.


    Project: Research

    Student theses

    A modelling approach to design of ultrasonic tweezers devices

    Author: Matos Silva Junior, A., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Drinkwater, B. W. (Supervisor) & Wilcox, P. D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Detection of kissing bonds with non-collinear nonlinear ultrasound

    Author: Alston, J., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Croxford, A. (Supervisor) & Ivanov, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Dynamic single-beam acoustic tweezers for microparticle manipulation

    Author: Franklin, A. C., 24 Mar 2020

    Supervisor: Drinkwater, B. W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    Alan Turing Institute Fellowship

    Wilcox, Paul D (Recipient), 8 Oct 2018

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Application of the Unit Cell Technique to Ultrasonic NDT of 3D Woven Composites

    Rostand Tayong Boumda (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Best Early Career Researcher Presentation Prize

    Rostand Tayong Boumda (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Leandro Iglesias Raggio

    Paul D Wilcox (Host)

    5 Feb 20146 Feb 2014

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting a non-academic visitor

    EPSRC Fellowship - NDT for high-value manufacturing of composites.

    Robert A Smith (Recipient)

    24 Apr 201324 Jul 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

    International Congress on Ultrasonics (ICU)

    Paul D Wilcox (Participant)

    2 May 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk