Probability of detection (POD) is not NDT/E reliability

Rummel, Ward D.
January 2013
AIP Conference Proceedings;Jan2013, Vol. 1511 Issue 1, p1809
Conference Proceeding
The reliability of nondestructive testing procedures has been a primary consideration in the development, application and advancement of nondestructive testing (NDT/E) technology. Indeed significant advancements have been made in process control of procedures and in training, qualification personnel who apply NDT procedures. Recognition and the demand for NDT increased with successes. NDT was integrated into engineering practices and technologies. The design, operation, maintenance, life cycle and risk analyses changed dramatically with the development, application and incorporation of fracture mechanics in engineering requirements, engineering practices and engineering systems management. Those engineering changes increased demands and a revolution in NDT requirements, practices and technology advancement. The Probability of Detection (POD) metric was developed to provide a quantitative assessment of NDT detection capabilities and was focused on the smallest reliably detectable flaw. Critical needs for application resulted in wide acceptance of POD as a metric to quantify the detection capability of NDT procedures. Unfortunately, POD is often misinterpreted as a primary measure of the reliability of NDT procedures. This paper addresses the nature of POD and requirements for assessment and application. Emphasis is on evolution of a new branch in NDT engineering, technology application and validation.


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