What is NDT...?
Nondestructive Testing (NDT) is a generic term designating all methods which may be used to detect flaws and discontinuities in materials, parts and structures or to evaluate the properties of materials, without causing damage to the object. There are a number of different NDT techniques: to name a few, Radiographic Testing (RT), Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Acoustic Emission (AE), Magnetic Particle Testing (MPT), Penetrant Testing (PT), Eddy Current Testing (ECT), Leakage Testing (LT), and Visual Testing (VT). New techniques such as optical methods are also developed to meet the increasingly more strict industrial needs. Besides NDT, terms such as Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE), Nondestructive Inspection (NDI) and Nondestructive Characterization (NDC) are used when appropriate, and they are often exchangeable with each other.
About KSNT
The Korean Society for Nondestructive Testing was established in March, 1980, for the purpose of facilitating academic research and promoting practical applications of the nondestructive testing techniques. The Society was recognized as an incorporated body by the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology in June, 1981. As of March, 2013, the Society has 2,471 members, 184 student members, and 131 corporate members.
Executive Board
The activities of the Society are in general managed and conducted by the Executive Board. Current officers are as follows.
  • President: Man Yong Choi (KRISS)
  • Vice Presidents: Jong Po Lee (ANSCO Co. Ltd. ), Kyung-Young Jhang (Hanyang University),
    Jae Kyu Paek (Hankuk Industrial Engineering Co. Ltd.), Dong Jin Yoon (KRISS)
    Chung Won Cho (Seoul National University of Science and Technology)
  • General Secretaries: Kang Eop Lee (Hankuk Industrial Engineering Co. Ltd.)
    Chung Seok Kim (Chosun University), Young Sang Joo (KAERI)
  • Treasurer Seceretaries: Heon Young Kim (ITEC Service Co. Ltd.), Tae Soon Soon (Korea Ispection & Engineering Co. Ltd.)
    Hyun Woo Han (QCS Co. Ltd.)
  • Academic Activities Secretaries: Won Tae Kim (Kongju National University), Ki-Bok Kim (KRISS), Cheul Muu Sim (KAERI)
    Changjae Yim (ANSCO Co., Ltd.)
  • Technical Activities Secretaries: Jeong Ki Lee (NAWOO Co., Ltd.), Hyunchul Jung (Chosun University)
    Joo Youl Hong (Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction)
  • Certification Secretaries: Kyung Cho Kim (KINS), Yong Sik Kim (KEPCO), Young Kwon Chang (KTL)
  • Editorial Secretaries: Nohyu Kim (Korea University of Technology & Education),
    Dae Hyun Kim (Seoul National University of Science and Technology),
    Hak Sung Kim (Hanyang University), Young-Kil Shin (Kunsan National University), Bongyoung Ahn (KRISS)
  • International Activities Secretaries: Younho Cho (Pusan National University), Donghoon Kang (KRRI)
    Jae Won Byeon (Seoul National University of Science and Technology)
  • Auditors: Dae Hyuk Jung (NAWOO Co., Ltd.), Gwang Tae Joo (Korea Radiation Solution Co., Ltd.)
There are five standing committees listed below, and several more ad hoc committees.
  • International Cooperation Committee :
    for active cooperation and collaboration with foreign NDT-related bodies
  • Publication Committee :
    for publication of various materials including the official Journal
  • Education Committee :
    for education and training of NDT personnels
  • Standardization Committee :
    for establishing standards of NDT techniques
  • Techical Committee :
    for research and promotion of NDT technology in the industry
Technical Divisions
All members of the Society are divided into five Technical Divisions, listed below.
Each represents a group of similar NDT techniques, and each plans and holds its own meetings and workshops.
  • Radiography
    for development and facilitation of radiographic techniques such as RT and NRT
  • Ultrasonics
    for development and facilitation of ultrasonic techniques
  • Electromagnetics
    for development and facilitation of electromagnetic techniques such as ECT and IRT, and other techniques such as MT, PT and VT
  • Optics
  • Acoustic Emission
    for development and facilitation of acoustics-related techniques such as AE and Vibration techniques, and also of LT
  • Thermography
    for development and facilitation of acoustics-related techniques such as AE and Vibration techniques, and also of LT
Academic Activities
Spring and Fall Annual Meetings are held each year by the Society to facilitate NDT research and to provide forums for discussion and exchange of up-to-date technical information. During the Meetings, the Society Awards and Scholarships are conferred on those who have made significant contributions to the Society, and on prospective students in the NDT field, respectively. At the site of the Conferences, showcases of new commercial NDT products are also held. In addition, each of the five Technical Divisions holds its own workshops and seminars.
Education & Training
The Society delivers several education and training courses to the existing as well as the prospective NDT personnels. For example, the Society offers training courses for NDT Level I and II based on KSNT-QCP-001, which is a Korean version of SNT-TC-1A. The Society also offers two-week courses for the examinees of ASNT Level III Examinations, administered by the Society under the auspice of ASNT. In addition, courses are offered for training and qualification of NDT personnels based on the Korea Electric Power Industry Code (KEPIC), established by the Korea Electric Association for the inspection of nuclear and fossil power plants. Because of the lack of regular NDT courses in most Korean college curricula, the Society's role in education and training as described above is indispensable.
International Activities
As regular member of the International Committee for NDT (ICNDT), the Society is actively involved in many international activities including international conferences such as the World Conference on NDT (WCNDT) and Asia-Pacific Conference on NDT (APCNDT). In particular, the Society played the initiative role in launching the Far East Conference on NDT (FENDT), which is a forum, held every four years, where NDT researchers from Korea, Japan and Taiwan share and exchange valuable information regarding recent progresses made in their NDT research. Furthermore, the Society has made agreements for international collaborations with its counterparts of the U.S.A., Japan, Taiwan, China and Brazil, and it plans on the continued extension of its international collaborations.
The Society publishes six issues of its official journal, Journal of the Korean Society for Nondestructive Testing, every year. The Journal contains original papers, reports of recent NDT advancements, and reviews and announcements of the Society's activities. The contents of the Journal published during the past five years are listed below. In addition to the Journal, the Society publishes various textbooks and reference materials for education and training.
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