The "Welding Technology and Non-Destructive Testing Research / Application Centre" was established at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey as part of a Technical Cooperation project between Turkey and Germany in 1988. Ilker Yelbay, deputy chairman of the Turkish Society for Non-Destructive Testing, visited BAM on the occasion of the 30th anniversary. The purpose of his visit was to familiarise himself with current research activities and interesting methods in non-destructive testing at BAM and identify potential cooperation links.
Dr. Werner Daum, Head of Non-Destructive Testing Department (NDT) and Dr. Joachim Thiele from the Accreditation and Conformity Assessment Section – the former project manager during the last period of the project – warmly welcomed their guest. Dr. Daum introduced BAM and his department, Mr. Yelbay talked about the structure and results of the centre where he is responsible for courses and involved in welding and NDT teaching at the University's Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Department.
Education and training in welding technology and non-destructive testing
The "Welding Technology and Non-Destructive Testing Research / Application Centre" is a successful project: BAM, the German Society for Non-Destructive Testing (DGZfP) and the Welding Technology Training Institutes (SLV) Munich and Berlin were significantly involved from the German side. The project management was at BAM until the end of the project in 1996. The centre’s staff were trained within the project at BAM, SLV and DGZfP as welding engineers and NDT experts up to level 3, and the centre has been equipped with appropriate technology and equipment. Numerous experts from BAM, DGZfP and SLV have supported the centre on site over the short and long term. The Centre’s personnel certification body and important testing laboratories are currently accredited by the Turkish accreditation body TÜRKAK.
The Centre ‘s balance is considerable both in education and in research: Around 2,900 NDT specialists have been trained in various methods since the beginning of the project, and around 5,000 welding engineers and welders have been certified since 1992. Around 50 master's and Ph.D. degrees have been completed, and more than 80 papers have been published. The centre is currently involved in the Trans Anatolian Pipeline Project (TANAP) where an 1800 km long gas pipeline will be built from Azerbaijan via Turkey to Europe.