The 11th International Workshop on Electromagnetic Nondestructive Evaluation (ENDE) was held at the Hotel APPI Grand in Hachimantai-shi, Iwate, Japan, on June 14th–16th, 2006. The workshop was organized by NDE & Science Research Center, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University, and financially supported and co-sponsored by Japan Society of Maintenology, the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan and the Japanese Society for Non-Destructive Inspection, and sponsored by the Japan Society of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics, the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan and the Magnetic Society of Japan.
Following welcoming remarks by Prof. Seiki Takahashi, workshop chair, there were 46 presentations given at the workshop: 3 invited talks, 29 oral and 14 poster presentations. Three invited talks were given by Dr. Masaaki Kurokawa, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Prof. Anthony Moses, Cardiff University, and Dr. Gábor Vértesy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The workshop was organized into 9 oral sessions and 1 poster session: “ECT modeling” chaired by D. Lesselier, A. Tamburrino, “ECT Modeling and Simulation” chaired by G. Rubinacci, T. Takagi, “Eddy Current Testing” chaired by J. Pàvò, T. Theodoulidis, “New Methods” chaired by K. Ara, S. Udpa, “Industrial Applications”, Y. Tsuchida, T. Uchimoto, “NDE by Magnetism I” chaired by D.G. Park, G.Y. Tian, “NDE by Magnetism II” chaired by P. Novotný, S. Takahashi, “Inverse Problem” chaired by Z. Chen, L. Janousek, “Inverse Problem and Benchmark” chaired by G. Berthiau, F. Kojima. The workshop was concluded with closing remarks by Prof. Fumio Kojima.
The main theme of the ENDE workshop has been on “Eddy Current Testing” to identify cracks in metals and alloys. Since the first ENDE workshop was held in London 1995, the seeing of workshops have contributed the technical advance in ECT through our competition and collaboration. ECT is put to practical use in industry now as one of the approved methods of crack detection in steels and metallic structures.
We added the new topics in APPI meeting, i.e. magnetic NDE method according to the concept of NDE & Science Research Center. Two of three invited talks are on the magnetic NDE.
Forty-eight participants were registered for this workshop from different parts all over the world; France, Italy, Hungary, China, Korea, UK, USA, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Poland, Slovakia and Japan. Short versions of all contributed papers have been published in the workshop abstracts, and 33 full papers were accepted after review and are published in “Electromagnetic Nondestructive Evaluation (X)” published by IOS Press in the series “Studies in Applied Electromagnetic and Mechanics.”
We could concentrate our interest on the academic exchange and the sincere discussion for three days, since APPI is located in an out-of-the way place. All the participants enjoyed the beautiful green, fresh air, good taste water and the lovely concert.
The workshop organizers gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the sponsors and would like to thank the session chairs and the participants. Thanks are also due to the members of the standing committee. The editors are truly thankful to referees listed below, especially regional editors, Professors G. Rubinacci, T. Takagi and S.S. Udpa.
The next ENDE meeting will be held from June 19th to 21st 2007 in Cardiff under the auspices of Wolfson Center for Magnetics Technology, Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff University.
Seiki Takahashi, Iwate University, Morioka, Iwate, Japan, Workshop Chair and Co-Editor
Hiroaki Kikuchi, Iwate University, Morioka, Iwate, Japan, Co-Editor