How New Testing Methods Make Parts Better

March 10, 2017 | Author: Surendra Singh

Flight safety is always the first priority at Honeywell. So when we design a part that will go into one of our jet turbine aircraft engines, we make sure the part meets exacting standards and can be manufactured with zero defects.

We use the latest methods to inspect our products and ensure that they meet all the requirements, both during the development phase and throughout the manufacturing process.

In my role as a lead technical staff on the research and development team, I’m responsible for something called “non-destructive evaluation” or NDE. NDE involves the evaluation of materials by revealing internal and external defects that may affect performance, without destroying the parts.

I liken it to the CAT scan or MRI used in a hospital setting, which enables a physician to determine what’s wrong with a patient without performing an invasive procedure such as a surgery. By using non-destructive testing (NDT), we’re able to examine the subject part without damaging it – which saves a lot of time and money for Honeywell and our customers.

Honeywell funds a lot of our NDE activities and we also do work for various government agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Navy and Air Force, and Department of Energy who want to take advantage of our expertise.

We continue to use traditional NDT methods, which include ultrasonic, penetrant, eddy current, magnet particle and radiography testing. But there are certain problems and challenges that can’t be addressed using these tried-and-true testing methods. Honeywell is already working with several advanced and emerging technologies. These include our patented acoustic sensor testing (AST) methodology, 3-D CT scanning, vibroacoustic-thermography (VAT), flash thermography and ultrasonic microscopy (UTM).

These advanced NDT methods are helping us push the boundaries of NDE and provide better, more reliable products. Technology advancements also are helping us to find problems earlier and faster, because engineers no longer have to sift through tens-of-thousands of images on film to study a defect. We can use computers to sort image results quickly and focus on the parts that need further attention.

I’m extremely excited about the advancements in this field and remain enthusiastic about the opportunity to help advance the science of NDE. Recently, I was honored to be named a fellow by the American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), in recognition of my work in the field and my contributions to the society and the field of NDE.

Over the last 40 years, my personal journey has taken me from my engineering education in India through my immigration to the U.S. in 1984. My first job was as a bioengineer at Louisiana State University, where I designed hip prostheses. I entered the industrial world with my first NDE job a few years later and, eventually, found my way to Honeywell.

Here I have found my niche. I enjoy working with my colleagues and relish the spirit of teamwork that exists at Honeywell.

Surendra TempleI’m active in the community, including involvement with the Hindu Temple of Arizona (HTA), Scottsdale and other elements of the Indian community in the Valley of the Sun. Currently I serve as board president for HTA and take pride in doing so. My wife, Meene Singh, and I have three wonderful children and seven grandchildren. I feel very blessed.

Surendra Singh

Surendra Singh

Dr. Surendra Singh is an engineer and lead for funded programs and industry liaison. He is responsible for NDE R&D programs within Honeywell Aerospace. His expertise include Advanced NDE technologies scouting, developing and implementing within Honeywell.

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